The Monster Guys Podcast: Episode 014 – Yokai with Author / Illustrator Matthew Meyer (Tsukumogami)
Show Notes & Summary:
Note: If you like the Taiko Drum in the beginning of this episode, listen to the end as we feature the entire track at the end of the podcast.
The month of February is devoted to Yokai and Japanese culture on The Monster Guys Podcast.
As we kick off this series, we have the privilege of speaking with acclaimed author and illustrator Matthew Meyer, who has devoted his career to documenting and sharing Yokai and Japanese culture with the world.
Discover the world of Matthew Meyer:
His books: “The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons: A Field Guide to Japanese Yokai” & “The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits: An Encyclopedia of Mononoke and Magic (Yokai)”
Listen in as we dig up origins and definitions of yokai and their influence and effect on Japanese culture. Together we chat about everything from Matthew’s own experience living and creating art in Japan, to ancient ghost-story-telling games, magic and sorcery, the veils between the living and spirit worlds, modern expressions such as the new game Yokai Watch, Pokemon, categories of yokai, to the effect of modern amenities on yokai creation – and much more.
We also get into the category of tsukumogami, a more popular and super-interesting sub-genre of yokai creatures.
Music: “Instinct – Bensound.com”