Japan’s First Museum of Supernatural Monsters Is Now Open

Anyone familiar with Japanese folklore can attest the overwhelming amount of yokai subjects (demons, monsters, and phantoms) found within its rich mythos. These supernatural creatures are the focal point of the Miyoshi Mononoke Museum that has gathered some 5,000 items from 68-year-old ethnologist and yokai researcher, Koichi Yumoto.

The institute, which opened this past weekend in the city of Miyoshi, is currently displaying over 160 items from Yumoto’s vast collection spanning historical artifacts, scroll paintings of famous folktales, and interactive installations for visitors to absorb the niche yet popular genre. One notable work on display is a digital picture book of yokai.

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