Omagatoki: When Yokai Emerge
HAVE YOU EVER WALKED OUTSIDE AT NIGHT AND BEEN FRIGHTENED BY WHAT YOU CANNOT SEE?
Lost in a foreign land, ten-year-old Thomas wanders into a forest in Japan and encounters a world filled with mischievous and mystical characters thousands of years old. Like Alice in the rabbit hole, the ancient folklore of the Yokai is shown through beautiful illustrations and the adventures of a young boy who encounters quizzical and frightening monsters, yet stands his ground to find his way home.
Michael Goldstein, graduated in 2013 from Clark University with a B.A. in English, and a specialization in Creative Writing. He s had a passion for Japanese folklore for many years, and his illustrated novel, “Omagatoki: When Yokai Emerge,” and the “Yokai Character Collection,” best demonstrate his interest and knowledge, with their wide galleries of monsters stemming from the past. Michael has been a featured speaker at recent Anime conventions across the country. A New Jersey native, Michael currently lives in New York City, where he is enrolled at The New School.
Shota Kotake, was born in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, the same prefecture as Enryou Inoue, a Japanese philosopher who pioneered Yokaigaku, the study of Yokai as the mysterious and supernatural based on local Yokai folklores all over Japan. In 2004, 15-year-old Shota moved to Dublin, Ireland, on his own, and currently resides there. He graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Fine Art Sculpture in 2012. Visit Shota’s website at Shotakotake.com.