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The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons: A Field Guide to Japanese Yokai

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  157 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Yokai - monsters from Japanese folklore - are some of the zaniest and wildest things ever imagined up. From the mists of Japanese prehistory, through the medieval ages, up to today, the bestiary of Japanese folklore contains a wide range of monsters. There are women with extra mouths in the backs of their heads, water goblins whose favorite food is human anus, ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Matthew Meyer
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John Meszaros
May 19, 2016 John Meszaros rated it it was amazing
Okay, full disclosure: Matt did the cover for my first novel.

However, the reason I approached him to do my cover in the first place was because I loved his artwork so much.

Matt's illustrations perfectly captures the look of classic yokai ukiyo-e (many of his works even have faint impressions of wood grain, a common feature of actual block-printed ukiyo-e) while still possessing a style unique to him.

He's clearly put hundreds of hours into researching even the most minute details of the yokai he
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Tracy Sherman
Oct 07, 2014 Tracy Sherman rated it it was amazing
Between the Summer spirits of Oban and the Autumn ghost of Halloween is the perfect time to explore The Night Parade of 100 Demons.... If you dare!
"Legend has it that "every year the yokai Nurarihyon, will lead all of the yōkai through the streets of Japan during summer nights." Anyone who comes across the procession would perish or be spirited away by the youkai, unless protected by handwritten scrolls by anti-yokai onmyoji spellcasters."
Created in the spirit of Toriyama Sekien (Gazu Hyakki Ya
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Phil
Jan 15, 2013 Phil rated it liked it
Shelves: japan, non-fiction
This illustrated volume is a fun, if not especially deep, look at monsters from Japanese folklore. The book is an adaptation of Matthew Meyer's A-Yokai-a-Day web project, where he uploaded an original painting of one of Japan's traditional monsters (Yokai) along with a brief explanatory article.

The book reads a bit like a Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual, with each creature's appearance, diet, habits, and encounter spots listed. The text is breezy and entertaining, but doesn't offer much in
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Aaron
Sep 08, 2013 Aaron rated it really liked it
Shelves: mythology
I found this book to be a very enjoyable encyclopedia of Japanese mythological creatures, monsters and ghosts. Every entry has an illustration to go with it, which are of high quality. Occasionally the textual description of the creature doesn't quite match the illustration, but in general things match up very well. My only quibble with the book is the editing, which was not very good. There are over a dozen instances where words appear to be missing from sentences, or the same word appears ...more
Elizabeth
Mar 22, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This book is a great reference guide to Japanese Yokai. As someone who is new to understanding Yokai and traditional Japanese stories, this book gave me a really good base understanding of the different types of characters and stories that accompany them. Each yokai is discussed with an in-depth description and full page illustration, includijg any relevant stories that are well known, and even some references to well known Japanese artwork. After reading a lrge portion of this book, I ...more
Csenge
Dec 25, 2013 Csenge rated it really liked it
If I was a student at Hogwarts, this would be one of my textbooks.
I was kind of sad that it did not include more stories, but that is just a personal preference since the book never promised to be a story collection to begin with. The pictures are all lovely. Some yokai description included less than what I already knew (especially with kitsune and tanuki), while others were new and very entertaining (especially the yokai of the household instruments in the end). I also appreciated the links and
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Shenaiah
Sep 01, 2015 Shenaiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed the neat and whimsical way this was written.

It was informative and droll. As well as very fun read. As a person whom seeks myths and stories from antiquity this book was perfect. It even provides illustrations which seem like they were related to the author by one whom has actually encountered the creature. I look for mythology from all time periods and all cultures, this book is one I'm proud to add to my collection.
Jill
Aug 24, 2012 Jill rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best compact reference books to Japanese monsters and mythology yet published in English. The author lives in Japan, and he and his wife did and amazing amount of research to get all the information in this book. Each demon has a full-page description, along with a full-color picture that was created by the author to match the historical descriptions of the creature.
H Lynnea
Mar 03, 2014 H Lynnea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pen-and-paper RPGers
Shelves: reference-books
A well-researched book with gorgeous illustrations. A useful reference book for anyone interested in knowing more about the myths and beliefs around the Yokai. This book is also useful for those who enjoy role-playing games, as the contents can be used to spice up monster encounters.
Kelcey
Sep 01, 2015 Kelcey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful resource

I love Japanese folklore. This book is full of great descriptions and illustrations. It tells of yokai and kami, and of 100 year old furniture that comes to life. I recommend it to fans of Japanese folklore, seasoned and new alike.
A.B.
Oct 20, 2012 A.B. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, demons
This is the most beautiful and inclusive book on the subject of Yokai I have ever seen. Each demon has a full page illustration and description. Masterfully created.
Nicole
Jul 14, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
It's not a deep read whatsoever, but it is a very nice introductory book to Japanese folklore.
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