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A fascinating study of the supernatural world and its renditions in Japanese art. Includes the work of many of Japan's most brilliant artists, including Hiroshige, Hokusai, and Yoshitoshi. A fascinating study of the supernatural world and its renditions in Japanese art. Includes the work of many of Japan's most brilliant artists, including Hiroshige, Hokusai, and Yoshitoshi.


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A fascinating study of the supernatural world and its renditions in Japanese art. Includes the work of many of Japan's most brilliant artists, including Hiroshige, Hokusai, and Yoshitoshi. A fascinating study of the supernatural world and its renditions in Japanese art. Includes the work of many of Japan's most brilliant artists, including Hiroshige, Hokusai, and Yoshitoshi.

30 review for Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Art of the Supernatural

  1. 4 out of 5

    flannery

    Badass. A treasure chest of emaciated ghouls and conniving toads. I got this for one image that has more profoundly affected me than any other. Behold: impassive humanoid ghost staring soundlessly down at a ship in the tsunami. Badass. A treasure chest of emaciated ghouls and conniving toads. I got this for one image that has more profoundly affected me than any other. Behold: impassive humanoid ghost staring soundlessly down at a ship in the tsunami.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kerfe

    I read simultaneously two books about Japanese spirits and the art that has been made to accompany the stories of these beings. "Japanese Ghosts and Demons", published 30 years ago, is more scholarly and lacks the clean modern look of "Ghosts and Spirits". But I found that the detailed information about the background of these beings gave a much more nuanced feel to the historical and cultural connections and the resulting art. The overlap in theme allowed me to compare in a more complete way the I read simultaneously two books about Japanese spirits and the art that has been made to accompany the stories of these beings. "Japanese Ghosts and Demons", published 30 years ago, is more scholarly and lacks the clean modern look of "Ghosts and Spirits". But I found that the detailed information about the background of these beings gave a much more nuanced feel to the historical and cultural connections and the resulting art. The overlap in theme allowed me to compare in a more complete way the different manifestations of these supernatural creatures and also how they have evolved over time. Art and myth together reveal source material for both Japanese manga and animation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    5 pound poi

    Only enough in here to whet my appetite, but a decent appetizer nonetheless. favorites: Yaji Thinks Kita is a Fox- In the foreground an Asian beats another Asian while yet another looks on distressed, but personally it's not the violence that gets me going. It's the lovely, gentle color scheme, central placement of a powerful & attention demanding tree and the subtle village of huts that is grouped together in the backdrop that really turns me on. Gods Disguised as Prospective Customers of a Bro Only enough in here to whet my appetite, but a decent appetizer nonetheless. favorites: Yaji Thinks Kita is a Fox- In the foreground an Asian beats another Asian while yet another looks on distressed, but personally it's not the violence that gets me going. It's the lovely, gentle color scheme, central placement of a powerful & attention demanding tree and the subtle village of huts that is grouped together in the backdrop that really turns me on. Gods Disguised as Prospective Customers of a Brothel- First of all, I'm already leaning towards sold when you bring me into an adventure into a brothel. Secondly, look at these dude's fucking heads over here! Genuinely cool. Last two things: 1) what a GREAT title for the painting! 2) The Asian whore on her knees peaking through the railing gets me laughing every time. The Fever of Taira no Kiyomori- Welcome to psychadelic Japan via the 1800s. Definite bonus points for the severed heads. The Ghosts of Matahachi and Kikuno- Why are the female & female ghost smiling so at each other? I can't make a determination that I'm satisfied with about it. Nonchalant & casual (she sees ghosts all the time, big whoop), long lost lesbian lovers (explains the ensuing male duel on the other side), etc etc.. I could go on with my hairbrained ideas, but I shan't. The Ghost of Iga Shikibunojo Mitsumune- Best ghost throughout this book is right here: crosseyed, 80s Hair "Metal" scenester, flamboyant dresser with no comprehension of personal space. The Greedy Hag- Dramatic as all hell, but comes across to me as deeply hilarious in many aspects. All in all, recommended for those willing to get involved heavily outside the useful box. ^Recommended for the reprints though, not the text.^

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    This is an exceptionally good art book - a pity it retails for $990 on Amazon Australia (yes, that is correct!). Thankfully the State Library of Victoria has a copy on file (which someone has rudely ripped pages out of and they've had to fix with photocopies). Anyway, there are some great essays in here on Yokai and Japanese mythology, as well as expositions on artists like Hiroshige and Japanese spirituality. Very good. This is an exceptionally good art book - a pity it retails for $990 on Amazon Australia (yes, that is correct!). Thankfully the State Library of Victoria has a copy on file (which someone has rudely ripped pages out of and they've had to fix with photocopies). Anyway, there are some great essays in here on Yokai and Japanese mythology, as well as expositions on artists like Hiroshige and Japanese spirituality. Very good.

  5. 4 out of 5

    James

    A collection of articles from various authors with a fair amount of decent illustrations, many in color. It's an OK art reference but not a keeper. A collection of articles from various authors with a fair amount of decent illustrations, many in color. It's an OK art reference but not a keeper.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Culbert

    This book features beautiful artwork, mostly woodblock prints, from Japan depicting ghosts, demons and spirits from Japanese folklore. The writing is sort of essay-like, with each chapter by a different author. I loved seeing the artwork, but I wish the writing were more engaging and presented the folktales in a more interesting format than plot summaries. Not a bad starter book on Japanese mythology, though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lanny

    I got to meet in Tokyo an amazing traditional painter who specializes in scenes dealing with Yokai and hungry ghosts. I've got his catalog too but its not listed anywhere in English. This is as close as I've got to something like that. This has a good deal of stuff on Shoki the demon slayer. Its a fantastic catalogue. I got to meet in Tokyo an amazing traditional painter who specializes in scenes dealing with Yokai and hungry ghosts. I've got his catalog too but its not listed anywhere in English. This is as close as I've got to something like that. This has a good deal of stuff on Shoki the demon slayer. Its a fantastic catalogue.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    One of the only books in print on this subject, an informative, entertaining and well-researched examination of the subject of yokai and bakemono as appearing in traditional Japanese art forms, mostly centering on the Edo period. Has lots of color and black and white plates.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    I want to own this book now. definitely.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Hardy

    I think they have every book ever on here.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J

    one of my favorites ever. love the fantastical supernatural images so creative is the human imagination

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    I added this book because I love looking through it and reading bits of ancient wisdom. I want to read more from it, and about Japanese culture.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Thesexyman19

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Harless

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erin Tuzuner

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sem

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fantine

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Landers

  21. 5 out of 5

    Netsui

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mohit

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chase

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Mandrake

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kumarjit

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Debenport

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tai Cervantes

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bob

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