Yokai Manga Volume 1: Parade Of Monstrous Creatures
by: Kyoko Wada
Yokai Manga Volume 1: Parade Of Monstrous Creatures, edited by Kyoko Wada / ISBN 9784861523281 / a pint-sized 286-page paperback, about 4 x 6 inches, published by Seigensha / the text is in Japanese, but it is fully illustrated. I suspect these are the old works which influenced Shigeru Muzuki and Marina Shirakawa.
Yokai are a kind of monstrous creatures prevalent in Japan’s folklore, mythology, and indigenous animism. They appear in many shapes, forms and identities, normally portrayed as grotesque ghouls. These enigmatic beings are strange iconographic figures that span several epochs of Japanese history.