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5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Mythology, Cryptozoology and Folklore, 6 July 2013
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This review is from: The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons: a Field Guide to Japanese Yokai (Paperback)
For a while now I've been very intrigued by the supernatural beasties, ghouls and strange creatures of the world.
I started this interest from reading world mythologies and following up on references to specific creatures mentioned in films/books/music and also the bible etc. Over time I have collected quite a few books on the subject of imaginary creepy things.

It is the collective beliefs of primitive minds attempting to explain the natural world around them that give rise to monstrous personifications of their own worst fears and nightmares. This fear of the unknown manifests creatively in human minds as a combination of the fantastical qualities of beast, human, and/or object.
There are so many varieties of wacky critters in the world that each country will have its own encyclopedias on the subject. Fellow fans will be familiar with the more popular creatures such as the Sphinx, Baba Yaga, Golem, Cyclops, Manticore, Wendigo etc.

Those who live in the western world will have come into contact with quite a few of these in mass market entertainment. But other than vengeful female ghosts, westerners probably haven't heard much of the supernatural of the East.
"The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons" is one of the best when it comes to Japanese Monsterology. The name is taken from a legend that says; each year during a summer night, there will be a parade of one hundred different Yokai haunting the streets of Japan, terrorizing and bringing death to those who happen to cross them. There is a famous painting of this scene referred to as 百鬼夜行圖. I encourage anyone who is interested to check out the images available online.

This book takes each of the one hundred Yokai and turns them into the prettiest collection of drawings I have seen, compared to any other monster encyclopedia I own. There is a back-story written for each and despite some complaints I have read online about them being too brief, I think they are quite detailed and satisfactory.
The book itself is printed very well - inside. The pages are a mock old-tome style, but the one annoyance I have is that the cover is only available as a Paperback. It feels very fragile for a reference book which I'm not too happy about. But given the quality of the content, if a Hardback edition ever presents itself online I'll be the first to snap one up.
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