Mythical Beasts of Japan: From Evil Creatures to Sacred Beings

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A collection of glorious imaginary beings from Japanese mythology.

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The newest volume in the Traditional Patterns series, this book is a visual introduction to a variety of Japanese mythical beasts. Japanese imaginary creatures, such as Byakko (White Tiger), Suzaku (Vermilion Bird), Genbu (Black Tortoise), and Ryu (Japanese Dragon), were handed down from ancient Chinese mythology. Prayers were often offered to these beings since they are believed to cause mischief among ordinary mortals.

Most of the featured works, mainly from the 12th century to the 19th century, feature motifs of sacred animals painted by artists such as Kawanabe Kyosai, Ito Jakuchu, Utagawa Kuniyoshi ,and more. Moreover, all kinds of the evil creatures, such as devils and goblins, and the deities from Japanese folklore are depicted in all their splendid glory in paintings, carved wood, decorative art pieces such as mirrors, incense burners, and much more.

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Author Koichi Yumoto / Hiroyuki Kano / Akiko Taki (Editor)
Publisher PIE Books
Page Count 392pp
Publication Size 5.75 x 8.25 x 1.5
Publication Notes softcover, color
Publication Date April 6, 2010
ISBN 978-4894447882

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