Japan harbors primordial myths, and this “celebration of a Japanese bestiary” offers an intriguing gallery. For some years, photographer Charles Fréger has been compiling an inventory of different communities, each with its own symbolic traditional and religious festivals. Following on from Europe, this volume explores the Land of the Rising Sun, where he has captured masked and costumed men representing monsters (yôkai), portrayed during rituals. Pure landscapes bathed in natural light enhance these striking disguises.
Par Charles Fréger