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Phenomenal beings: spirits in Japanese art and culture

Who are the mischievous shapeshifters, fiendish imps and vengeful ghosts found in the various expressions of Japanese culture and why do they continue to haunt these worlds?

For centuries, these phenomenal beings – including yōkai and yūrei – have populated Japanese folklore, and the story of their transformation and popularisation has come to echo the ‘spirit’ of Japan. Held in association with the exhibition 'Japan supernatural' at the Art Gallery of NSW, this lecture series highlights key ideas related to the representation and history of the supernatural world in Japanese cultural practices, from art to film, literature, theatre and contemporary culture.

Tickets include two lectures per session and refreshments during intermission.

This program is presented in partnership with the Japan Foundation.

Gandel Philanthropy, principal patron and public programs patron, 'Japan supernatural'.

2/11/2019 Introducing the ghosts of Japan
9/11/2019 The spirits of Japan
16/11/2019 Contemporary monsters
23/11/2019 Fantastic fictions
30/11/2019 Supernatural screens *Please note this session will finish at 5pm.