The average person might not know what the heck yōkaiare, but chances are theyve encountered one of the mythical spirits before. The strange creatures are often the subject of Japanese folklore, but they show up nowadays in everything from movies to video games. Perhaps youve stumbled across a mischievous Tanuki, the supernatural raccoon seen in Super Mario Bros 3 (hes got giant balls and a deep craving for sake), or had a run in with a couple of Kirin, those benevolent, unicorn-like beasts that grace the beer of the same name. But at the new exhibit Yōkai in Your Eye, opening this Saturday at the Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery (upstairs at Tates Comics, 4566 N. University Dr., Lauderhill), youll get to meet more of the legendary, Japanese creatures than youll rightly know what to do with.
The group exhibit features nearly three-dozen artists whove been asked to give their take on all types of Japanese yōkai ranging from friendly to fearsome. Some of them are extra cute and helpful, like the Akaname, a spirit who seeks out dirty bathrooms so she can lick them clean. There are others youll want to steer clear of, like Japanese artist Naoto Hattoris Nopperabo, an apparition who lures travelers with her beauty only to wipe her face clean off afterwards. There are tons of the little buggers to explore, so come check them out and meet with the many of the artists at tonights 7 p.m. reception. The shindig is free, plus therell be complimentary sushi, cold sake, and Japanese treats for all. Call 954-748-0181, or visit www.bearandbird.com.
June 14-July 26, 2008