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Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guideby Hiroko Yoda
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Yokai are Japan's traditional creepy-crawlies. Almost always encountered in the dark of night, they were once feared throughout the land. But they're more than just myth, more provocative than pop culture--references to yokai abound in Japanese idioms, and nearly every Japanese person has at least a passing knowledge of the most famous of these captivating creatures from times of old. Now, after collecting data and descriptions from a variety of sources, including first-hand accounts and microfilms of 18th-century publications stored in the National Diet Library in Tokyo, authors Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt have produced the first English-language guide to Japans yokai monsters. Original illustrations, created by the talented Tatsuya Morino, detail the potential visible appearance of each yokai. And alongside each and every one are data points allowing you to take in each yokai's characteristics at a glance.
Forget Godzilla. Forget the giant beasties karate-chopped into oblivion by endless incarnations of Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and the Power Rangers. Forget the Pocket Monsters. Forget Sadako from The Ring and that creepy all-white kid from The Grudge. Forget everything you know about Japanese tales of terror. Their roots may extend back to days of yore, but Yokai Attack will convince any reader that Japan's bewitching tradition of yokai monsters is far from being history.
andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;Yokai Attack!andlt;/iandgt; is a nightmare-inducing one-stop guide to Japan's traditional monsters and creepy-crawlies.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Yokai are ethereal sorts of beings, like ghosts, nearly always encountered at night; everyone has their own take on how they might look in real life and what sorts of specific characteristics and abilities they might have. This book is the result of long hours spent poring over data and descriptions from a variety of sources, including microfilms of eighteenth-century illustrations from the national Diet Library in Tokyo, in order to bring you detailed information on almost 50 of these amazing creatures for the first time in English.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Illustrations, created by the talented Tatsuya Morino, detail the potential appearance of each yokai. Alongside each illustration is a series of "data points," with each yokai's important features at a glanceand#8212;especially handy for any potential close encounters.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Yokai Attack!andlt;/iandgt; will surely convince you that Japan's tradition of fascinating monsters is a long oneand#8212;yet far from being history.andlt;BRandgt;Together with andlt;iandgt;Yurei Attack!andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Ninja Attack!, Yokai Attack!andlt;/iandgt; is the last guidebook to Japan you'll ever need.
Forget Godzilla. Forget the giant beasties karate-chopped into oblivion by endless incarnations of Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and the Power Rangers. Forget the Pocket Monsters. Forget Sadako from 'The Ring' and that creepy all-white kid from 'The Grudge.' Forget everything you know about tales of terror before reaching for this book. Yokai Attack! is a nightmare-inducing one-stop guide to Japan's traditional creepy-crawlies and monsters. It will surely convince you that Japan's tradition of fascinating monsters is a long one—yet far from being history.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Matt Altandlt;/bandgt; and andlt;Bandgt;Hiroko Yodaandlt;/bandgt; are a husband and wife team who run a Tokyo-based translation company that specializes in producing the English versions of Japanese video games, comic books, and literature. They are the co-authors of andlt;iandgt;Ninja Attack!andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Yurei Attack!andlt;/Iandgt;, both originally published by Kodansha International and with new expanded editions from Tuttle Publishing.
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