Hyakki Yako, or the “Night Parade of One Hundred Demons,” is a popular concept in Japanese folklore that depicts a procession a hundred or more mythical monsters. We have chosen five scenes from the many Hyakki Yako painted between the Muromachi and Edo periods and drawn them on the soba choco.
Tengu’s Ox Cart
A gigantic tengu goblin and his monstrous wife are pulled in their ox cart by a giant toad.
It is believed that gods and spirits dwell in objects over 100 years old, bringing them to life.
This lanky, repulsive woman is a female monster of the netherworld, shown here with teeth stained black in the ohaguro tradition.
A feline creature and hand-cymbal monster recite sutras and lead a procession of practicing Buddhist monsters.
A huge face hides behind a great hall’s sliding fusuma doors while a huge arm ascends from the hearth in a Buddhist hand gesture. Dishwasher and microwave safe.
Tengu’s Ox Cart | Tsukumogami | Ugly Woman | Monster Prayers | Great Hall
φ8×h6.1cm / 170cc