Monsters bringing chill to Okinawan summer Aug. 7-12

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa
Not afraid of things that go bump in the night?
 
The Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum is set to host a free exhibition featuring Okinawan monsters and bizarre legends, Aug. 7-12.
 
Okinawa no Majimun to Kaii Ten will showcase about a dozen molded figures and more than 30 illustrations of various breeds of monsters straight out of old Okinawan legends.
The monsters will include many ghosts, demons, one-eyed monsters, amphibious monsters, ancient monsters and much more.
 
The legendary creatures are brought back to life thanks to the Higa Brothers, a duo of creators known for their special effects in movies and TV shows.
 
Having learned from prestigious SFX masters such as Screaming Mad George and David Allen, the brothers are now applying their skills to this revival of the hair-raising horror from the past.
 
Although the exhibit isn’t scheduled to provide language support for English speakers, the visual presentations can provide a chilling time away from the hot Okinawan summer.
But no need to worry.
 
The exhibit will also feature a map and photos to illustrate where in Okinawa you can encounter the monsters, along with info on tools and spells to dispel them.
 

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