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Charles Fréger - Yôkaïnoshima show @Hermès

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Charles Fréger's exhibition at Hermès was so great! He took photos of villagers from all around Japan dressed in funny & scary costumes that represent "yōkai".

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Some of the costumes looked so strange and frightening, this made me realize that the weird & crazy Japanese mascots we see today are nothing new for Japan.

I think he spent 4 years on this project. His research team must be so good to find all these interesting costumes in deep Japan.

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Towards the end of the exhibition, you can see his photographs of European costumes from his Wilder mann series mixed with Japanese costumes. Japan & Europe are so far apart geographically yet the Japanese & European costumes have so many similarities.