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The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons: a Field Guide to Japanese Yokai [Paperback]

Matthew Meyer
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March 11, 2012
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, elephant-dragons which feed solely on bad dreams, dead baby zombies, talking foxes, fire-breathing chickens, animated blobs of rotten flesh that run about the streets at night...

The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons is a massive illustrated bestiary choc full of yokai. It features over one hundred traditional Japanese monsters, each one beautifully illustrated in full color by yokai artist Matthew Meyer. Each yokai is described in detail, including origins, habitat, diet, and legend, based on translations from centuries-old Japanese texts.

Read this book, and the next time you watch an anime or a Godzilla movie, you'll be able to recognize their folkloric ancestors dating back centuries. You'll find out about all of the strange mythical animals you can see at temples and shrines, on beer can labels, and even on Japanese money. Meet the predecessors to Pokemon, Power Rangers, scary J-horror girls, and all of the strange creatures that pop up in Japanese video games. Night Parade will turn anyone with a passing interest in Japanese folklore into a full-blown yokai expert!

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About the Author

Matthew Meyer grew up in the Jersey-side suburbs of Philadelphia. He graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL in 2005, majoring in illustration. During college he spent a month-long homestay study abroad program in Kanazawa, Japan. There he was inspired by Japanese art and culture, which strongly influence his art style. In 2007, he moved back to Japan and has been been living in rural Fukui prefecture with his wife since then.

Matthew's interest in art goes back to his early childhood. Drawing was his favorite hobby, and for most of his youth he had a pencil in his left hand and a mouse in his right. From a very early age he has enjoyed using both physical drawing and painting media as well as digital tools to make his art.

Most of his recent work, including The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons, is done on a digital painting tablet using GIMP and MyPaint on Ubuntu Linux. His artistic inspiration comes from Japanese ink paintings and woodblock prints, and the masters of fantasy illustration.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Matthew Meyer (March 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985218401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985218409
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book April 15, 2012
Format:Paperback
I recently received my copy of this book from my Kickstarter pledge and I must say after watching its development over the last six month or so it is a fabulous piece of work. The art is of a very high quality and a consistent style throughout the book. Each yokai has their own full page piece of art along with a description of them. Well researched from Japanese folklore this book is a must for anyone wanting to know more about yokai in the English language. It exceeded my expectations and is a joy to read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative with exquisite art April 17, 2012
Format:Paperback
After hearing that someone was writing a book about Japanese yokai, in English, I knew I had to support this Kickstarter. I was not disappointed in the slightest when I received my digital copy. While I wish I had gone for the hard copy, as a book like this is easier to read when you can easily flip pages, I was still quite satisfied with the quality and obvious care put into creating this work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and informative April 28, 2012
Format:Paperback
I got my copy of the book through the Kickstarter campaign, and just received it a couple days ago. I admit, when I first opened the box, I was a little disappointed by the initial appearance of the book - the cover was dark, and not very legible, it didn't look very impressive. Inside however, is another story. The artwork is beautifully done, both in terms of the drawings themselves, as well as the coloring. Each yokai/creature has 2 pages to itself - one full page illustration, and another page with description, associated legend, descriptions, and more. It makes a great resource for anyone interested in the supernatural creatures and legends of Japan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Good Buy April 20, 2013
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Any monster hunter who doesn't read Japanese but needs to research yokai (some have hopped on ships to North America, believe it or not) will find this a worthy and inexpensive addition to his or her library. Beautiful artwork. Clear, concise, and well-written descriptions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open The Ghost Door! October 7, 2014
Format:Paperback
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 Yagyō) which presents yokai in separate, encyclopedic entries rather than assembled in a parade, this book you will give the budding yokai hunter the proper entry to the world of Japanese demons.
With a wonderful new illustrations that recall ukiyo-e woodblock prints, this book is even aged to look like an ancient tome. It has just the right number of grammatical mistakes to make it seem as if it was translated from an eldritch text.
I only wish that I could've gotten a copy of this book in hardcover with a real leather, or is it a Yokai skin cover, and printed on fine parchment.
I wonderful book for any time of the year but an especially fine read when the ghost doors are open.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! June 23, 2014
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This is an excerpt introduction for the western world to the wild and unique realm of
Japanese spirits. If you truly want a peek into the fusion of Buddhism, Shinto, and animism that makes up traditional Japanese religion, this is the place to go! I only wish it were longer and included such spirits as Nabebozu or Sogenbi.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Entertaining October 24, 2013
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Splendid introduction to some of the best-known Yokai, Japanese entities that we (in the West) call monsters/ghosts/spirits/gods - or some combination of all of the preceding. The book is softcover, with full-page, original illustrations of each Yokai following their description, and clever, artistic "touches" throughout to make the book appear old (faux foxing, yellowing/discolouration on margins, "mould spots" that are actually printed on the page). These little touches never interfere with the writing or the pictures, appearing only in margins and "gutter space."

The pictures are wonderful, bright, clear and lively. They're all coloured pictures in the Western style, with strongly depicted central characters, but settings and backgrounds deliberately reproduce traditional Japanese styles; lots of misty watercolour-like effects, trees, mountains and water with stylised designs and patterns. Most of the human (or once-human) characters depicted look Japanese.

The text is generally clear, with a little bit of humour gleaming through. Some of the Yokai _are_ funny, to say nothing of absurd! The sections are neatly arranged and easy to follow, with the "header" on each page listing the Yokai's vital statistics (Translation, Alternate Names, Habitat and Diet) helping the reader determine what (or who) they're looking at. The divisions of the book seem natural, not forced, and the introductory material (Contents, Map of Japan, Language Notes and Introduction) is all very helpful in the effort to understand the mindset of the creators, the time and place in which they lived.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book in full color. Enjoyed reading it. The illustrations are top-notch.
Published 24 days ago by Claude P LaMedica
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice reference
Published 27 days ago by S. Bliss
4.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular book
Such a cool book and illustrations for fans of Asian lore. Well worth the space in a library.
Published 1 month ago by Chad
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just perfect, real quality and very interesting!!
Published 1 month ago by Caio Lima Luz
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating view into another culture, in text and illustration.
I supported this project in the original Kickstarter. Very cool.
Published 1 month ago by M. Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
Having come across occasional references to Japanese spirits, monsters, and demons in popular media, I was intrigued by the information that this book had to offer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by william montag
5.0 out of 5 stars The cover is deceiving.
I only review when I really love something. The cover for this book is deceiving; it looks plain and hides it's beauty. The text is super interesting, but the art is incredible. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Katzenboots
5.0 out of 5 stars 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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Beautiful illustrations, very useful information. Highly recommended for yokai enthusiasts and anyone interested in Japanese folklore.
Published 3 months ago by michigangirl
5.0 out of 5 stars What a charming and insightful book. Very well illustrated ...
What a charming and insightful book. Very well illustrated with clear accompanying text. Eye-opening for me, a westerner, with some familiar echoes of Appalachian lore.
Published 4 months ago by Jayeff Vee
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Matthew Meyer is an American illustrator living in rural Japan. He grew up in South Jersey and studied illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. During a summer study abroad program in Japan, he fell in love with traditional Japanese art and culture. In 2007, he moved to Japan, where he has been studying and illustrating yokai, ghosts, and other aspects of Japanese folklore ever since.

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Original Work
The illustrations are all original, and the information is all adapted from a number of older sources, including Toriyama Sekien's Gazu Hyakki Yagyō. The book is named after his in homage to his work, and it is thematically similar in that it is an illustrated encyclopedia of monsters. There... Read More
Apr 30, 2013 by osarusan |  See all 2 posts
What is your favorite yokai from the book?
(I'm the author, but I can still comment, right? :-) )

My favorite on in the book is the Aoandon, right near the end. I love the idea of a yokai that comes into being at the end of a ghost-story telling party. And I especially love that in order to avoid seeing the Aoandon, people usually ended... Read More
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