Shigeru Mizuki (1922-2015) was one of Japan's most respected artists and a forefather of manga. He invented the yokai genre with GeGeGe no Kitaro and founded the gekiga--dramatic manga-- movement with autobiographical wartime accounts such as Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths. He received the Kodansha Manga Award, the Eisner Award, and the Angouleme Award, as well as the Shiju Hosho Medal of Honor and the Order of the Rising Sun. She was a specialist in stories of yokai. As a member of the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology, he traveled to sixty countries around the world to engage in fieldwork on the spirits of different cultures. He has been published in Japan, South Korea, France, Spain, Taiwan, and Italy.
"Shigeru Mizuki resurrected Japan's folk creatures as pop
culture for the masses."--Matt Alt, The New Yorker "Shigeru
Mizuki's excellent little spooky comics [are] humorous, satirical
and folkloric, populated with countless Japanese ghosts and
fairies.--Satoshi Kitamura, The Guardian Mizuki (NoNonBa)
adapts Kunio Yanagita's 1910 folklore history of yokai, or spirits,
into an energetic series of manga vignettes that are often silly
and sometimes genuinely terrifying... The acrobatic visuals lend
these fables a giddy charm, and the inviting collection opens up
Japanese history for a broader readership.