Product Code: 60665


Product Code: 60665
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A beautifully produced collection of 32 full-page color and 168 full-page black & white illustrations by Shigeru Mizuki of yokai.

This 208-page monograph is technically a French book, but the only text in the book is found in the last few pages: an alphabetical index of Yokai.

This appears to be a slightly revised edition of the out-of-print Yokai (Cornelius, 2017).

From the publisher:

Yokai are those supernatural beings who inhabit shady corners, forgotten places or the lofts of houses. These ghosts, benevolent or hostile, appear on rare occasions to stick to people's backs, bring good luck or even scare them by throwing red beans on the ground. Few are those who see them, even fewer are those who know them.

Shigeru Mizuki is not only the one who saved the yokai from oblivion when Japan, eager to earn its place among the post-war nations, turned its back on its legends. No, Shigeru Mizuki is simply the greatest yokai fighter the world has ever known. He is the one who flushed them out even in the most remote countryside, listing them and drawing them with sometimes photographic precision. His work has sparked a new interest in these forgotten legends, which has evolved over time into a real popular craze. Without his drawings, Totoro and the Magical Creatures of Miyazaki would never have seen the light of day. Many studies have been based on Mizuki's work, and a chair in yokai studies has even been opened at the University of Tokyo.

This book lists incredible drawings that Shigeru Mizuki has dedicated to yokai and presents, in black and white or in color, each of the monsters by name. A preface restores the historical and cultural dimension of the yokai, and details the major contribution of Shigeru Mizuki to the knowledge of these invisible beings.


Les yokaï sont ces êtres surnaturels qui habitent les coins d'ombre, les lieux oubliés ou les soupentes des maisons. Ces fantômes, bienveillants ou hostiles, apparaissent à de rares occasions pour se coller au dos des gens, apporter la chance ou encore leur faire peur en lançant des haricots rouges sur le sol. Rares sont ceux qui les voient, encore plus rares sont ceux qui les connaissent.

Shigeru Mizuki n'est pas seulement celui qui a sauvé les yokaï de l'oubli lorsque le Japon, désireux de gagner sa place parmi les nations d'après-guerre, tournait le dos à ses légendes. Non, Shigeru Mizuki est tout simplement le plus grand chasseur de yokaï que le monde ait jamais connu. Il est celui qui les a débusqués jusque dans les campagnes les plus reculées, les recensant et les dessinant avec une exactitude parfois photographique. Son travail a suscité un intérêt nouveau pour ces légendes oubliées, qui s'est mué avec le temps en un véritable engouement populaire. Sans ses dessins, Totoro et les créatures magiques de Miyazaki n'aurait jamais vu le jour. De nombreuses études ont été fondées sur le travail de Mizuki et une chaire d'étude des yokaï a d'ailleurs été ouverte à l'université de Tokyo.

Ce livre recense d'incroyables dessins que Shigeru Mizuki a consacré aux yokaï et présente, en noir et blanc ou en couleur, chacun des monstres par son nom. Une préface restitue la dimension historique et culturelles des yokaï, et détaille l'apport majeur de Shigeru Mizuki à la connaissance de ces êtres invisibles.

Mizuki, Shigeru

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine, issued without dustjacket, in publisher's shrinkwrap

Publishing Information


Physical Description

9.5 inches
12 inches
208 pages
32 full-page color and 168 full-page black & white illustrations
cloth spine, pictorial boards

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