GeGeGe no Kitaro creator Shigeru Mizuki brings Yokai to life at Tokyo exhibit

The Gegege no Kitaro official anime poster.
Gegege no Kitaro official anime poster. Pic credit: IMDB

Shigeru Mizuki, the creator of GeGeGe no Kitaro, is being celebrated with a Tokyo exhibition including the different artwork he made involving Japanese yokai.

The exhibition commemorates Mizuki’s birth 100 years ago, in 1922. The exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of Shigeru Mizuki’s birth.

The Tokyo exhibit will show over 100 illustrations from books in Mizuki’s private collection. The books cover diverse stories and tales about yokai.

Shigeru Mizuki’s Tokyo exhibit

This book is a collection of traditional Japanese ink paintings representing various yokai, first published in 1774. Along with Mizuki’s illustrations, a selection of books portraying yokai will be on display. They include his edition of The Illustrated Night Parade of a Hundred Demons (Gazu Hyakki Yagyo).

This book is one of the most prominent in yokai lore and history. Sekien Toriyama, a ukiyo-e artist, created the artwork, which was the first in a sequence of picture books. The book impacted the representation of yokai in following works such as Kitaro.

Yokai illustration by Shigeru mizuki.
A Yokai illustration by Shigeru mizuki. Pic credit: The japan times

This showcase is the first time Mizuki’s works will be displayed in a large-scale exhibition to the public. It will take place on the 52nd story of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower at the Tokyo City View.

The exhibit will also provide guided nighttime tours and seminars for kids to know more about the yokai on display. The general entry fee is 2,200 yen. Also, the exhibition will run from July 8th through September 4th, 2022.

Gegege no Kitaro story and more

Kitaro, the last remnant of the Ghost Tribe, is the narrative’s protagonist. Kitaro and his companions attempt to calm tensions between the spiritual and human worlds.

They do this with the assistance of his father, Medama-Oyaji. The latter’s spirit occupies a single eyeball with tiny limbs and legs. While most of the creatures they face are Japanese in origin, they occasionally encounter creatures from other countries, such as a Chinese vampire called Yasha. Not all yokai they meet are willing to coexist with humans, and others are evil.

Yokai stories explain bizarre happenings throughout Japanese history as early as 772 CE; however, they may go much farther. The theory stems from animism, which holds that all things have spirits, even inanimate objects, and natural occurrences.

The term yokai describes weird stuff, but it is mainly linked with creatures and spirits classified into numerous groups. Yokai have altered and evolved over the years into what we identify them as today.

What do you think about the GeGeGe no Kitaro creator? Also, have you been to any Japanese-themed exhibitions in the past? What do you think about Gegege no Kitaro? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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