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Yokai: Japanese Monsters Prints Exhibition

Hosted by the Consul of the Milan Japanese Culture Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 29 May 15:00 - 17:00

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The ritual of the hundred candles is supposed to have been invented by some samurai in the 17th century to prove their courage. It began after sunset: the samurai found themselves in a room illuminated by the light of a hundred candles. Each samurai told a story to the other companions with the aim of frightening them with tales populated by monsters belonging to the Japanese tradition.

The Jorogumo, attractive women who reveal their real nature to their victims as huge spiders; the Tanuki, nice quick-change badgers; the Bakeneko, monstrous cats; the Kappa, aquatic beings, who annoy the boats; the Ningyo, the Japanese sirens whose fragrant flesh can give men youth or atrocious death; Okiku, the inconsolable ghost looking for the tenth stolen dish ...

At the end of the story of fear, the one who had told it had to get up, blow out a candle from a lantern, take a mirror and look at it in the farthest corner of the room: the darkening of the room accompanied the narration of increasingly frightening and full of suspense stories.

Magnificent works by the most famous Japanese artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries embellish the path that will take you on a fantastic journey with stories that mix fear, thrill and comedy.