Japanese Folklore Panel in Indianapolis

Momijigari (紅葉狩, the demon-woman of Mount Toga...
Momijigari (紅葉狩, the demon-woman of Mount Togakushi) from the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi (今昔百鬼拾遺) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did you ever want to know the difference between a mononoke and an ayakashi? Do you know how to escape a kappa, if one wants to eat you? Have you ever wondered if you were missing some in-jokes in your favorite anime or Asian film? (Yes, very likely.)

Japanese Folklore: An Anime, Manga, and Film Primer will be presented at the Indianapolis Public Library, Pike Branch, from 3-5 pm on April 23, 2013.

We’ll discuss the most common folklore traditions which appear frequently in eastern entertainment, often assumed by the creators to be implicitly understood by their audiences. The world’s most popular legend is actually not terribly well known in our country — but if you’re enjoying Asian entertainment, you’re going to need to be familiar with it! And even if you’re a longtime fan of anime or manga, you’ll learn something new about the youkai you think you know!

An onmyouji knows secrets even the shadows do not.

And of course, we’ll talk about kitsune and their appearances and habits throughout folklore. Because you know I can’t leave them out.

While this program is advertised particularly for teens, adults are welcome, too! No registration necessary, but if you know you’ll come, give the library a call at (317) 275-4480 to help them plan for seating.

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