The World of Yōkai


Students will learn about Japanese Folklore & Pop Culture through the exploration of yōkai.


 Students will be introduced to the world of yōkai and how these creatures are expressed in Japanese art and imagination. Learn about some of the major categories of yōkai, and how they are connected to the world around us. Students will create an animated object inspired by tsukumogami (spirited tools or haunted objects).  

The program includes a discovery exercise using 3-6 folk art objects, discussion (Q & A), and an art activity demonstration. 

 Program Duration: 45 minutes 

 This program can be presented in Spanish/Bilingual – If you would like a presentation in Spanish/Bilingual, please note this in the additional comments when requesting the program.

Photo Credit: The Earth Spider Conjures up Demons at the Mansion of Minamoto no Raiko, woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Asia, Japan, 1843. International Folk Art Foundation Collection, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe.


Additional information


Art, Culture, Folk Art

Age Group

6th – 8th Grade, Homeschool


Museum of International Folk Art


Art, Language Arts, Social Studies