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Explore Art of the Yōkai at Asia Society Texas Center

Yōkai (pronounced yo-kai) represent spooky and otherworldly phenomena in Japanese folklore. They are everything from eerie sounds in the night to fantastical beasts.

Those interested in exploring this spiritual world should check out the exhibit of yōkai art being presented by AARP in Houston and Asia Society Texas.


Yōkai have existed for centuries. One of the earliest works representing these supernatural entities is a scroll that dates to the 16th century.

The hands-on event will be on Friday, Oct. 21, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd., in Houston. (The display will also be posted at

Visitors will be able to view prints and woodcuts illustrating the ancient folklore. They can also create their own versions of yōkai.

Along with this exhibit, the center houses Korean artist Lee Ufan’s sculptural piece Relatum—signal, as well as Everything She Has Within Herself, which features various artists’ murals of empowerment; it will be on display until Sunday, Nov. 13. The yōkai event is free if you register at, where you can also learn about other upcoming AARP in Houston program.

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