Hitotsume kozō, illustrated by Utagawa Toyokuni in Sakuragawa Jihinari's Bakemono Haruasobi [Monsters' Spring Play] of 1793. In the collection of Tenri Central Library. (From Tenri University Department of History and Culture [2016, frontispiece]). 

Hitotsume kozō, illustrated by Utagawa Toyokuni in Sakuragawa Jihinari's Bakemono Haruasobi [Monsters' Spring Play] of 1793. In the collection of Tenri Central Library. (From Tenri University Department of History and Culture [2016, frontispiece]). 

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Hoping to clarify the abundant creative ability that produced Japanese yokai, I have examined depictions and modelings of these supernatural creatures of Japanese folklore. In particular, I have focused on yokai fashioned in the manner of hitotsume kozō, by altering part of the human body. In so doing, I thought that clues to the creation of yokai...

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