Sanmagumo’s Yokai Project introducing Finnish and Japanese yokai in both countries started over two years ago with two books, exhibitions and interactive programme for event visitors in two countries. And the project is still very much around!
Last year’s artist and scholar visits at Tokyo International Comic Festival and Oulu Comics Festival were supported by the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation, and below is our in-depth report about the second stage, or the year 2016, of the Yokai Project (pdf, in Japanese). Enjoy (even if only the pictures and layout)!
In April 2017 we continued with the yokai theme and held a literature evening and a one-week yokai exhibition at the Valkeakoski city library. Valkeakoski was beautiful with a blue sky reflecting from the melting surface of the lake. Our audience listened intently and told about their own yokai experiences at the end of the event.