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Three things about yokai make a post, right?

First, I posted some time back about Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai, by Michael Dylan Foster, which is a scholarly look at the phenomenon of yokai, or spirits/monsters from Japan.Read more... )

Second, a couple of weeks ago I was in the bookstore stocking up on later volumes of Naruto for [ profile] reread_no_jutsu, when I came across a manga I'd never heard of called Yokaiden 1, by Nina Matsumoto. Read more... )

Thirdly, I have the blog Hot Fictional GUys on my Bloglines blogroll, and I've been saving this show for a rainy day. Back in January, HFG posted a tribute to the guys of Natsume Yuujinchou, a show about yokai currently airing in Japan. Read more... )

Fourth in my list of three things is a manga I bought a while back and never got around to posting about. Ghost Slayers Ayashi Volume 1 Read more... )

Fifth in my increasingly-inaccurately-named list of three things is Antique Gift Shop, volume 7. (no spoilers) )

And now I'm going to go watch episode 2 of Natsume Yuujinchou

* Which has SOLD OUT to THE MAN in order not to get totally sued, which I can't blame them for, and thus brings us cool LEGAL anime now. I shall have to figure out where I left off in watching Bleach and start making googly eyes at my f-list, since I can't get it through Crunchyroll anymore. :)
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I did most of my Christmas shopping at Amazon, natch, and threw in a couple of things for myself, since I hate receiving a nice shiny box from Amazon that's full of stuff that's not for me. :) So I have, and just read...

The Antique Gift Shop vol. 6 - We learn a bit more about Bun-Nyuh's mother and why Bun-Nyuh, her mother, and her grandmother are all tangled up in some sort of supernatural web. The majority of the volume is then dedicated to a longer story which starts with Bun-Nyuh wearing a disguise for her first visit to a gynaecologist, which she's horribly embarrassed about especially since it seems that women possessed by spirits don't menstruate, and she never has. If you know about her aversion to her shamanic heritage, you can see why this is a serious trigger for her. :) She wears an old pair of glasses supplied by Mr Yang, which seem to be showing her a world that's not quite the same one as everyone else is seeing, and may perhaps help her find a key to the mysteries of her family. The volume rounds off with a short story about Guatemalan worry dolls, whose job is to take their owners' worries elsewhere. The only sour note there is that the Guatemalans who show up in a couple of scenes explaining the worry dolls are drawn as buckskin-wearing, tepee-living Plains Indians.

Aria volume 4 - Much the same as Aria 1-3, which means lots of landscape porn, Akari learning more about and falling more in love with her new homeworld, and the three journeyman undines having to live up to a challenge from their elders - can they plan and execute the perfect dinner on a barge for Redentore?
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--Maintenance guy came around, had no real explanation for the reason my smoke alarm went off instead of just chirping, but changed the battery in the ceiling one for me Just In Case.

--Am very strung out from interrupted sleep.

--UPS guy came to deliver package, failed to knock at all and left it in front of the door.

--On the bright side, I now have The Antique Gift Shop volume 5 in my hot little hands! The mystery of whether a Korean person would twig that Something Was Not Right by the way that Mr. Yang's outer robe closes backwards from normal has not been solved, and, indeed, the mystery deepens, as you will note if you read this manhwa.
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I seem to recall that there's a Japanese taboo against wrapping the kimono with the right side over the left, as that's the way it's done on the dead. Is there an equivalent superstition/taboo in Korea?

Because I'd like to know, if a Korean person saw this man, would they twig that something was up by the way he wears the right side over the left, or would it not matter?

cut for pic )

And now to figure out what to go out and get for dinner. :P
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This one is a panel from the second volume of the Antique Gift Shop manhwa. My inks aren't as ... what's the word I'm looking for? Er. "Blobby" isn't right, but it's the only thing coming to mind. :D

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