Konjaku Hyakki Shūi

Konjaku Hyakki Shūi
Cover of the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi.

Konjaku Hyakki Shūi

Konjaku Hyakki Shūi (今昔百鬼拾遺 – More of the Demon Horde from Past and Present) is a compendium of Yōkaidemons and ghosts compiled by Toriyama Sekien, published in 1780/81.

The books were inspired by the 10th Century Demon Horde’s Night Parade. These books, alongside the previous book, the Gazu Hyakki YagyōKonjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki and the following book, the Hyakki Tsurezure Bukuro are different to earlier depictions of Yōkai as they place the Yōkai in a time and a place instead of just depicting them on a blank background.

This book was created as a set with the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō though they weren’t released together. The book was divided into three sections and contains 50 different Yōkai.1


The introduction of the book reads:

Let us consider the lindly hermit, the artist Sekien. He’s a gentle and refined sort, a successful gardener who dug deep to find a spring to feed his pond. He listens for the wrblers in spring and savors cool river-waters in the summer, watching the flower petals drift in the fall and the birds flock in winter. Whatever the season, he immerses himself in pleasures, seemingly unaware of old age setting in. When he encounters one of similar tastes he delightedly puts on tea and throws himself into a discussion of art. And when he starts drawing, he’ll quickly turn out more than a hundred in a sitting.1

Part One – Cloud – 雲


Part 2 – Mist – 霧

To be completed

Part 3 – Rain – 雨

To be completed

External Links


1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.

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