Night Parade of One Hundred Demons - Emakimono style scroll
18 cm x 4.8 m scroll print with wooden core and ribbon
Hyakki Yagyō ("The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons") is a tradition of Japanese folklore referring to the gathering of countless oni and yōkai (demons and ghouls of Japanese folklore) said to walk the streets of Japan on summer nights 'spiriting away' onlookers. As a popular centuries old idiom, expressed far and wide via story telling and the arts, knowledge of its origin and meaning have become somewhat obscured. Numerous Emakimono (picture scrolls) are known to exist dating as far back as the 16th century. These handscrolls have sometimes been laid out as beastieries documenting the different yokai or as depictions of the parade, often with a narrative script.
In this project carried out during Summer 2020 an international group of artists were assembled to recreate a Night Parade Emakimono in their own styles.
View the entire scroll as a video- https://youtu.be/Jq_h29C3evk