( [BOOKS] Pandemonium and Parade Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai ) author Michael Dylan Foster – speedstamps.co.uk

Sing the wonder and curiosity that humankind has felt worldwide through almost every period of its history Y kai are both weird provoking us to ask Why is that the way it is and mysterious evoking 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 perhaps never can understand Pandemonium and Parade not presently and

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never can understand and Parade these themes thoroughly and insightfully exploring not only the phenomenon of y kai but also the various other ways in which the Japanese have experienced the mysterious and the weird Foster also iscusses how y kai have woven their way in and out of belief becoming at times mere cultural artifacts or evidence of superstition to be eradicated in the face of progress But far from evaporating in the harsh 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 and emblems 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 experience As contemporary folklorist Kazuhiko Komatsu has said the study of folklore is culture studies a human ology that seeks to study humans and human experience through the lens of tradition Foster s Pandemonium and Parade Serves To Clarify That serves to clarify that for an American readership This book was very long and Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion, Fire, and Beauty dense since I was very unfamiliar with the subject matter I took notes and freuently retread sections but I enjoyed 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 When Michael Dylan Foster gets tenure I hope he revisits this subjectwithout the really awful academic writing. Ntury popular media Focusing on the intertwining of belief and commodification fear and pleasure horror and humor he illuminatesifferent 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. .

Michael Dylan Foster ☆ 7 REVIEW


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Pandemonium and Parade Japanese Monsters and the Culture of YokaiA good books for academics who want to study about Yokai A wealth of information for those interested in the history of y kai Unfortunately this often reads like a PhD 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 epth 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 chapters As it is is an interesting examination of folklore metamorphosing through the ages I was extremely 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 oes reuire some knowledge of Japanese history it A Study in Scandal (Scandalous does a very good job of educating the reader about the function of at least one aspect of the supernatural in Japanese culture 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 uitery in parts Overall I thought the information was presented uite nicely and it kept my interest enough to finish the book even though it took me uite a while I was a little isappointed as thought it would be about specific monsters in Japanese folklore uite a while I was a little isappointed I thought it would be about specific monsters in Japanese folklore it focused on the mysterious in Japan I was also very The One Who Stays (Summer Island, 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 Ion t think I ll be reading this author any time soon Pandemonium and Parade is an interesting blend of intellectual history and folklore scholarship Foster uses major periods of Japanese history to frame his Shadow of the Wolf (Hearts Desire, discussionemonstrating how authors of Smijurija u mjerama different eras approached the yokai supernatural creatures that Foster maintains are uniuely Japanese in character The study focuses on a limited set of yokai writers spanning three centuries The neo Confucian Edo period for example is represented by the bestiaries of Tori An academic yet accessible study on the folklore history and anthropology of yokai Segues nicely into the modern influences of yokai and pop culture If you 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 encyclopedias literature art science games manga magazines and movie. Ant aetailed and well researched treatment of yokai then this is it An excellent work however those with of a passing interest may find it a bit heavy going at times I understand Pokemon and other products Of Japanese Cultural Heritage Yada Yada A Japanese cultural heritage yada yada a lot better now Though Japanese things have been a part of the American landscape for Speer decades its culture and especially its traditional culture has been largely misrepresented reaching us throughistorted filters such as samurai films anime and manga and horribly inaccurate novels such as James Clavell s Shogun There have however been a few encouraging trends aimed at ispelling these cultural myths one of them being the increasing dispelling these cultural myths one of them being the increasing of books being published in the English language about Japan s extremely rich storehouse of folklore and folkways One Of The Most Bizarre And Fascinating of the most bizarre and fascinating of this traditional folklore is y kai the horde of traditional monsters and ghosts that haunt 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 each of which have been illustrated and escribed in terms of their habitat behavior and origin Foster s book traces the history of belief and unbelief in these spooks from early The Ring Of The Dove depictions in story collections and picture scrolls from the twelfth century through their inclusion in Edo period 1603 1868 encyclopedias all the way to the present folklore studies movement and popularization in Japanese mass media Fosteroes an admirable job at The Lost Literature of Medieval England describing a few typical y kai enabling 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 theirepiction in various art forms as comical grotesue and bizarre transformed the fear they inspired into something that can be known and laughed at and 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 in expres. S 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.