Monster Paintings in Feudal Japan

Pink Tentacle has a fantastic post about monster paintings called youkai in feudal Japan (Edo period) by a relatively unknown artist called Sawaki Suushi.

This one to the left is Nurarihyon, the house guest from hell:

In the Edo period, Nurarihyon came to be known as a mysterious old man with the uncanny ability to sneak into homes and “take over.” When the residents of a home encounter him sitting around drinking tea, they are unable throw him out and cannot help but treat him as the head of the household. Nurarihyon is said to be a highly respected figure in the world of youkai.

Link - via Quiddity


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there are more monster pics at the IRC Japan studies Nichibunken Library.
http://japansugoi.com/wordpress/japanese-edo-period-monsters
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Nurarihyon -and- Uwan on that site both look like Uncle Dirty's long-lost doppelgangers (warning, there's some NSFW content in that link) ...
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I will read always happily.
Such a Supernatural creature is sure to have the model,octopus,Slug, and Jellyfish, etc. have been enumerated for "Nurarihyon". The person, the animal, and the tool are changed into the apparition in Japan Supernatural creature.
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I saw some of those Japanese painting a few years ago in the MFA in Boston. What had striked me is the closeness of technique with the Ligne Claire style of drawing that would create the fame of Belgian cartoons (i.e. Tintin).

If you're in the NE area make sure you stop at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Their Japanese collection is impressive.
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