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Woodblocks in Wonderland: The Japanese Fairy Tale Series

- September 3, 2019 in Art & Illustrations, best of folk and fairytales, Books, Chirimen, Chirimen-bon, crepe paper books, fairy tales, Featured Articles, japanese folklore, japonisme, Lafcadio Hearn, Religion, Myth & Legend, Takejiro Hasegawa, The Japanese Fairy Tale Series

From gift-bestowing sparrows and peach-born heroes to goblin spiders and dancing phantom cats — in a series of beautifully illustrated books, the majority printed on an unusual cloth-like crepe paper, the publisher Takejiro Hasegawa introduced Japanese folk tales to the West. Christopher DeCou on how a pioneering cross-cultural endeavour gave rise to a magnificent chapter in the history of children's publishing.

Woodblocks in Wonderland: The Japanese Fairy Tale Series

- September 3, 2019 in Art & Illustrations, best of folk and fairytales, Books, Chirimen, Chirimen-bon, crepe paper books, fairy tales, Featured Articles, japanese folklore, japonisme, Lafcadio Hearn, Religion, Myth & Legend, Takejiro Hasegawa, The Japanese Fairy Tale Series

From gift-bestowing sparrows and peach-born heroes to goblin spiders and dancing phantom cats — in a series of beautifully illustrated books, the majority printed on an unusual cloth-like crepe paper, the publisher Takejiro Hasegawa introduced Japanese folk tales to the West. Christopher DeCou on how a pioneering cross-cultural endeavour gave rise to a magnificent chapter in the history of children's publishing.

Hokusai’s Ghost Stories (ca. 1830)

- December 11, 2018 in folklore, ghosts, hokusai, japanese folklore, occult

Hokusai's five ghoulish prints for the series Hyaku Monogatari [One Hundred Ghost Stories].

Hokusai’s Ghost Stories (ca. 1830)

- December 11, 2018 in folklore, ghosts, hokusai, japanese folklore, occult

Hokusai's five ghoulish prints for the series Hyaku Monogatari [One Hundred Ghost Stories].

The Bakemono Zukushi “Monster” Scroll (18th–19th century)

- June 5, 2018 in bakemono, ghosts, japan, japanese art, japanese folklore, kwaidan, Lafcadio Hearn, monsters, yokai

Ghoulish array of shapeshifting monsters from Japanese folklore.

The Bakemono Zukushi “Monster” Scroll (18th–19th century)

- June 5, 2018 in bakemono, ghosts, japan, japanese art, japanese folklore, kwaidan, Lafcadio Hearn, monsters, yokai

Ghoulish array of shapeshifting monsters from Japanese folklore.

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (1904)

- September 27, 2016 in japan, japanese folklore, Lafcadio Hearn

Deriving its title from the word for "ghost story" in Japanese this is a book by scholar and translator Lafcadio Hearn in which are compiled an array of ghost stories hailing from Japan.

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (1904)

- September 27, 2016 in japan, japanese folklore, Lafcadio Hearn

Deriving its title from the word for "ghost story" in Japanese this is a book by scholar and translator Lafcadio Hearn in which are compiled an array of ghost stories hailing from Japan.

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (1904)

- September 27, 2016 in japan, japanese folklore, Lafcadio Hearn

Deriving its title from the word for "ghost story" in Japanese this is a book by scholar and translator Lafcadio Hearn in which are compiled an array of ghost stories hailing from Japan.

The Sea Monk (ca. 1845)

- March 30, 2016 in japanese folklore, Jobs, sailors, sea monk, ukiyo-e, Umi Bozu, Umibōzu, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, woodblock

A woodblock print, by the late Edo period artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, illustrating the story of an encounter with the Sea Monk or Umibozu, a spirit in Japanese folklore.