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Jereld R. Nicholson Library

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Modern Languages

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The uniqueness of yōkai is not only its numerous and diverse characters specifically, but also its holistic impact on Japanese popular culture. By studying yōkai's history, I found that the meanings and categories of "yōkai" have changed according to people's perception of the unknown and supernatural world. In addition, yōkai's image and story evolved to accordingly cope with the unknown. Finally, I note that media has a direct influence to how people visualize and narrate yōkai. I conclude that these factors regarding yōkai's creation and evolution affect how we recognize them in today's pop culture.

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Yōkai in Japanese Popular Culture Today

Jereld R. Nicholson Library

The uniqueness of yōkai is not only its numerous and diverse characters specifically, but also its holistic impact on Japanese popular culture. By studying yōkai's history, I found that the meanings and categories of "yōkai" have changed according to people's perception of the unknown and supernatural world. In addition, yōkai's image and story evolved to accordingly cope with the unknown. Finally, I note that media has a direct influence to how people visualize and narrate yōkai. I conclude that these factors regarding yōkai's creation and evolution affect how we recognize them in today's pop culture.

 

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