The Kanto region of Japan celebrates the O-bon holidays from July 13th to 15th. Although Kyoto is technically in Kansai, where O-bon is mid-August, The Yokai have decided to come out and play early this year at Daizen Temple Main Chamber & Otera House. 22 artists, many who participated in last year’s 猫とドラゴン展 「Cats & Dragons exhibition in Tokyo, have compiled a veritable Necronomicon of specters, demons, and weirdlings.
I’m horrified (in a good way) to have been invited to join, and so conjured up a brand new black wing-ed terror to hang with some more worldly creatures. I hope you can stop by to haunt the temple for a spell. I’d advise a daytime visitation, as the Yokai get peckish after nightfall.
Kyoto Yokai Hakurankai Exhibition
Dates: Thursday July 11, 2013 – Wednesday July 17, 2013
Time: 12pm to 7pm (closes 5pm final day)
Place: Daizen Temple Main Chamber & Otera House website
Address: 5397-9 Shinkaicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Access: 5 mins on foot from the 5th Exit of Shijo Station (Kyoto city Subway) or 7 mins on foot from the 15th Exit of Karasuma Station (Hankyu Train) | map