Lafcadio Hearn, Yei Theodora Ozaki and others between them wrote several such volumes, covering mythic figures such as Raiko the monster-hunter, Kintaro the Golden Boy, and the great warrior-hero Yoshitsune. "Eastern Shadows" features 20 of these classic tales and legends of old Japan, including stories of ghosts, demons, shape-shifting goblins, cannibal ogres, giant serpents, evil magicians, and the mighty warriors who fought and defeated them. The book is illustrated by over 90 rare and exceptional Japanese woodblock prints of the mythic and supernatural, presented in full-page format and full colour throughout.
The artists featured in the book include Yoshitsuya, Yoshikazu, Kuniyoshi, Yoshiharu, Kunichika, Kunisada, Kyosai, Kunimune, Ekin, Yoshitoshi, Eisen, Toyokuni, Hokusai, Kunitsuna, Shuntei, and Sadahide - many of the very best ukiyo-e print-designers of Edo and Meiji. The Ukiyo-e Master Series: presenting seminal collections of art by the greatest print-designers and painters of Edo-period and Meiji-period Japan.