Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Book Break: YUREI ATTACK!

Book: Yurei Attack!: The Japanese Ghost Survival Guideby Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda; illustrated by Shinkichi.

Break: Night @ Inokashira Park, Tokyo, Japan.
Matt and Hiroko give me tips on the last night of Japan's Festival of the Dead (O-bon) on surviving a Japanese ghost:



Whew. Straight faces please!

Book Break Take: Forty Japanese ghosts rendered in gory detail; their roles in Japanese history, culture, mythology--and who they haunt today; how to recognize them, why they're here, and what to do to survive an attack. The authors call it, "ghost porn."

Snip:
Ghost--
"[Oiwa] is hands-down the most famous ghost chronicled in this book ... she has inspired legions of imitators -- most recently Sadako, from the hit J-Horror novel and film series Ring. Her ragged tresses  and ruined face are the first thing many Japanese think of when they hear the word 'yurei.'"

Survive--
"Visit the Tamiya Shrine on the site of Oiwa's family home in Yotsuya. For a fee, a priest there will perform a custom-tailored Shinto exorcism to cut away any ties one might have to Oiwa's eternally furious spirit."

Yurei illustrator Shinkichi's Oiwa:

Alt & Yoda haunted by weeping willow:

Yurei Attack! w/ghost:

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