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Jun 17, 2021
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
ARTS ALIVE!
Museum of International Folk Art

Photo credit: Modern Hyakki yagyo ("Night Parade of One Hundred Demons") book by Sakyu. Kyoto, Japan, 2018. International Folk Art Foundation, Museum of International Folk Art [P.2019.14.14-16]

Orihon are accordion-style books, composed of a continuous folded sheet of paper enclosed between two covers. In comparison to scrolls these accordion books were more practical and allow enough space for writing similar to a scroll but in a compact form. They were used for Buddhist texts, journaling, poetry, and even yokai illustrations. Yokai is a catchall Japanese word for ghosts, demons, monsters, shapeshifters, tricksters, and other kinds of supernatural beings and mysterious phenomena. 





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