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most bizarre and fascinating aspects of this traditional folklore is y kai the horde of traditional monsters and ghosts that bizarre and fascinating aspects of this traditional folklore is y kai the horde of traditional monsters and ghosts that tales and legends woodblock prints and old picture scrolls These y kai are the subject of Pandemonium and Parade a new book by Indiana University professor Michael Dylan Foster Unlike the mostly generic and amorphous Western concept of monster the y kai are many and varied usually numbered at above two hundred Lawbreakers Suspense Stories each of which have been illustrated and described in terms of their habitat behavior and origin Foster s book traces the history of belief and unbelief in these spooks fromarly depictions in story collections and picture scrolls from the twelfth century through their inclusion in Edo period 1603 1868 HIPPO IN THE GARDEN encyclopedias all the way to the present folklore studies movement and popularization in Japanese mass media Foster does an admirable job at describing a few typical y kainabling the uninitiated reader to get a general feel for these legendary creatures and what was so appealing to them for the Japanese of historical and present ages He highlights how they play on cultural fears anxieties and taboos illuminates how their depiction in various art forms as comical grotesue and bizarre transformed the fear they inspired into something that can be known and laughed at and Spinal Trauma explores how their presence today provides a feeling of nostalgia and a living link to a longed for past that is meaningful and relevant Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the subject is the role of y kai inxpressing the wonder and curiosity that humankind has felt worldwide through almost Shadow (New Species, every period of its history Y kai are both weird provoking us to ask Why is that the way it is and mysteriousvoking in us a sense of something transcendent and otherworldly As monsters and ghosts they remind us that we are not as knowledgeable or as strong as we think we are and that there is much in the world that we do not presently and per. S 細味人生100篇 exploring their meanings in the Japanese cultural imagination and offering an abundance of valuable and until now understudied material Michael Dylan Foster tracks yôkai over three centuries from their appearance in seventeenth century natural histories to their starring role in twentieth ce. When Michael Dylan Foster gets tenure I hope he revisits this subjectwithout the really awful academic writing I wasxtremely glad to see that a book like this had finally been written This book looks at the history of youkai in Japanese pop culture Though it does reuire some knowledge of Japa An academic of youkai in Japanese pop culture Though it does reuire some knowledge of Japa An Academic Accessible Study On The Folklore History And An academic accessible study on the folklore history and of yokai Segues nicely into the modern influences of yokai and pop culture If you want a detailed and well researched treatment of yokai then this is it An xcellent work however those with of a passing interest may find it a #Bit Heavy Going At Times This Book Was Very Long #heavy going at times This book was very long dense since I was very unfamiliar with the subject matter I took notes and freuently retread sections but I njoyed it very much I now have a list of creatures to research books to find translations of and movies to watch so I could understand the subject matter than just cursorily This book was an amazing introduction into the Japanese world of supernatural beings and their history A wealth of information for those interested in the history of y kai Unfortunately this often reads like a PhD MongoDB expanded into a book with rambley tangents that while often interesting in themselves aren t that fun to read as a whole Foster s at his best when the focus is clear like in his in depth critiue of the Kuchi sake onna slit mouthed woman phenomena of the 70s Like his subjects of analysis the Japanese people he categorises monsters and spirits into a comprehensible cultural history and almost manages to move beyond this project into a less past oriented terrain in the latter chapters As it is this is an interestingxamination of folklore metamorphosing through the ages Pandemonium and Parade is an interesting blend of intellectual history and folklore scholarship Foster uses major periods of Japanese history to frame his discussion demonstrating how authors of different Chastity eras approached the yokai supernatu Though Japanese things have been a part of the American landscape for decades its culture andspecially its traditional culture has been largely misrepresented reaching us through distorted filters such as samurai films anime and manga and horribly inaccurate novels such as. Water sprites mountain goblins shape shifting animals and the monsters known as yôkai have long haunted the Japanese cultural landscape This history of the strange and mysterious in Japan seeks out these creatures in folklore ncyclopedias literature art science games manga magazines and movie. .
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Haps never can understand Pandemonium and Parade addresses these themes thoroughly and insightfully xploring not only the phenomenon of y kai but also the various other ways in which the Japanese have Die Neurobiologie des Glücks experienced the mysterious and the weird Foster also discusses how y kai have woven their way in and out of belief becoming at times mere cultural artifacts orvidence of superstition to be radicated in the face of progress But far from vaporating in the harsh A New Philosophy of History electric lights of modernity the ghosts and apparitions of Japan have become symbols of a cultural heritage used as corporate logos symbols of local tourism andmblems of rural revitalization As mentioned above Foster s book is part of a burgeoning collection of materials on Japanese folklore published in the past few years as well as into the near future Others of note to name a small few are Stephen Addiss Japanese Ghosts and Demons Gerald Figal s Civilization and Monsters Kunio Yanagita s Legends of T no and the website The Obakemono Project obakemonocom These works illuminate not only cultural truths of a particular nation but aspects of universal human xperience As contemporary folklorist Kazuhiko Komatsu has said the study of folklore is culture studies A Human Ology That Seeks human ology that seeks study humans and human xperience through the lens of tradition Foster s Pandemonium and Parade serves to clarify that lens for an American readership A good books for academics who want to study about Yokai I m very in the middle about this book it wasn t fantastic but it also wasn t bad It s an academic read so it can be uite dry in parts Overall I thought the information was presented uite nicely and it kept my interest nough to finish the book ven though it took me uite a while I was a little #disappointed as I thought it would be about specific monsters in Japanese folklore Instead it focused on #as I thought it would be about specific monsters in Japanese folklore Instead it focused on mysterious in Japan I was also very disappointed that the author used Freud uite heavily in his analysis The pace seemed to pick up a little once the author got closer to the contemporary All in all ok but I don t think I ll be reading this author any time soon I understand Pokemon and other products of Japanese cultural heritage yada yada a whole lot better no. Ntury popular media Focusing on the intertwining of belief and commodification fear and pleasure horror and humor he illuminates different conceptions of the natural and the ordinary and sheds light on broader social and historical paradigms and ultimately on the construction of Japan as a nati.