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Ghosts, ghouls and goblins in Japanese art featured at The Tokugawa Art Museum

The Tale of Harai-tonto illustrated handscroll
(Didactic story for the sake of rebirth in the Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha)
Important Cultural Property (The Tokugawa Art Museum)

The thematic “Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins: Strange and Fantastical Figures in Japanese Art” exhibition is now running at The Tokugawa Art Museum in Nagoya.

In the afterlife, at night after everyone is asleep, beyond the darkest darkness, in places you usually don’t enter, within the minds of others … The terror that lurks in these invisible territories has always been manifest in the form of strange creatures, commonly called yurei (ghosts), oni (ghouls) and yokai (goblins).

People have long been frightened hearing tales of their exploits and have also been entertained seeing their unique figures depicted in pictures.

The exhibition presents the world of uncanny creatures such as ghosts, ghouls, and goblins from the unnatural phenomena written about in classical literature.

(From The Tokugawa Art Museum website and other sources)


Reproduction of the Tale of Hidakagawa illustrated handscroll
(The fated couple)
(The Tokugawa Art Museum)
The Tale of Shutendoji illustrated handscroll
(The conquest of ogres in Oeyama)
(The Tokugawa Art Museum)
Reproduction of the Hyakkiyagyo illustrated handscroll
(Various Monsters moving around in the midnight)
(The Tokugawa Art Museum)

Outline of the event


〜Sun, Sep 13, 2020

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Admittance until 4:30 p.m.)


The Tokugawa Art Museum
1017 Tokugawa-cho
Higashi-ku, Nagoya


Adults: 1,400 yen*
*Including admission to "Urushi Extraordinaire:
Lacquer Masterpieces from the Tokugawa Art
Museum Collection"
High school / University students: 700 yen
Elementary / Junior high school students: 500 yen

Closing day

Mondays (or the following day if a national holiday
or substitute holiday falls on a Monday)


Tel. 052-935-6262



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