The special exhibition “Japanese Ghosts and Eerie Creatures” highlighting some of the best pieces collected by Kanpo Yoshikawa (1894-1979) is on loan from the Fukuoka City Museum and being held at Nagoya City Museum until July 13th 2014.
Yoshikawa was a well-known Japanese-style painter, a sex researcher and a folk historian who was fascinated by the beauty of Japanese ghosts and eerie creatures. He spent his life collecting pictures of them and this exhibit offers both a comical and humorous look at Japanese horror.
The exhibition aims to transform the museum into a haunted house featuring a number of Japanese ghosts and eerie creatures, some which are truly scary while others are beautiful and charming. The entire exhibit is presented with a droll sense of humor right down to mimicking the popularity of the teen idol group AKB48 by entitling the event “YKI48”. In fact visitors will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite character through June 29th.
Nagoya City Museum
1-27-1 Mizuho-dori, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya
Above Image: Gojyusantsuginouchi Nekonokai
By Utagawa Yoshifuji (1828 – 1887)
Painted in 1847-52