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Creating the Wildly Popular Yōkai Museum of Japan
Lectures and Talks Featured Event

Creating the Wildly Popular Yōkai Museum of Japan

March 19, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

A public talk by YUMOTO Kōichi:  From Collecting to Making Museums: Creating the Yumoto Kōichi Yōkai Museum. 

Mr. Yumoto, founder of the YUMOTO Kōichi Yōkai Museum (Miyoshi City, Hiroshima Prefecture), has researched and collected yōkai material for more than thirty years, which culminated in a collection of approximately five thousand objects. He donated his collection to Miyoshi City, forming the basis of this new Yōkai Museum, which opened in April 2019. He is a former curator and general manager of the Kawasaki City Civic Museum (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture). Among his publications in English are Yōkai Museum: The Art of Japanese Supernatural Beings from the YUMOTO Kōichi Collection (2013) and Yōkai Wonderland: More Supernatural Beings in Japanese Art from the YUMOTO Kōichi Collection (2018), and he is a contributor to the publication, Yōkai: Ghosts, Demons, & Monsters of Japan (Katz-Harris, editor, Museum of New Mexico Press: 2019), the companion book to the exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art.

Traveling from Tokyo, Mr. Yumoto will join us on March 19, at 2 pm to talk about his wonderful collection and amazing Museum.

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