Virtual lecture by Dr. Michael Dylan Foster on Namahage: Demon-Deities of Northern Japan



Dear Friends,

The Museum of International Folk Art is pleased to announce a lecture by Dr. Michael Dylan Foster (UC Davis) on the Namahage of Northern Japan. 

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Yōkai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan, on view at the Museum of International Folk Art through Fall 2022. Learn more about the exhibition here:

Please join us for this lecture on April 14, 2:00 PM (MDT).

Register for the Zoom talk here (pre-registration is required)


Dr. Michael Dylan Foster is a Professor of Japanese and the Department Chair of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Davis. His research explores discourses of tourism and heritage as they relate to local festivals in Japan, particularly Oga no Namahage and Koshikijima no Toshidon. He is a contributing author to the exhibition's publication Yōkai: Ghosts, Demons, & Monsters of Japan (Museum of International Folk Art) and the author of The Book of Yōkai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore (2015), Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yōkai (2009), and numerous articles and chapters on Japanese folklore, cultural heritage, and media. Dr. Foster is also the co-editor of The Folkloresque: Reframing Folklore in a Popular Culture World (2016) and UNESCO on the Ground: Local Perspectives on Intangible Cultural Heritage (2015). 

We hope you can make it to this presentation!