“Sayama de Yokai” is the summer exhibition at the Sayama City Museum in 2022. Each year Sayama City Museum have a kid friendly exhibition for the summer months. To be frank, some are better than others. For example, the trick art exhibition and cardboard exhibition in previous years were amazing. But they also had an “Unfortunate insects” exhibition in 2019 that was quite disappointing. The “Sayama de Yokai”… well it remains to be seen!
Sayama De Yokai Exhibition
The 2022 summer exhibition at Sayama Museum will open on Saturday July 2nd. The exhibition will explore the meaning of “yokai” looking at the various types of “yokai” in Japanese mythology. Moreover, in conjunction with Takahashi Shoten’s “Real Yokai Encyclopedia, they will introduce the supernatural of Sayama City. Yokai is one of those words I find difficult to translate into English. It covers many different type of supernatural beings, so it is more than say just a ghost or monster. Thanks to the global success of “Yo-kai Watch” I think the Japanese word is quite well known though!
In addition, thanks to Gakushuin University Museum of History, there will be exhibitions of the “tools” from “Hyakki Yagyo Emaki“. The Hyakuki Yakou Emaki is a depiction of an idiom “Hyakki Yagyo” similar to the concept of pandemonium in English, where the supernatural world spills onto the streets of Japan! One version is The Night Parade of 100 Demons and the other is the Night Parade of 100 Tools. The Sayama exhibition focuses on the latter.
In previous years, pre-pandemic, they always had crafting workshops on weekends and public holidays. However, in 2022, it seems that they are only on the week of Obon (August 11th to 18th). Furthermore, they are at fixed times – either a morning or an afternoon session. We have participated in these a few times over the years. They are done very well. However, the ever popular sand art craft which used to be a regular fixture over summer holidays, doesn’t seem to be available in 2022. I can only speculate that these changes are due to the pandemic.
Sayama Municipal Museum
Sayama Municipal Museum is a medium sized museum in Inariyama Park in Sayama City, Saitama Prefecture. On the upper floor there is a permanent exhibition room. They use the hall on the first floor and part of the second floor for the travelling exhibits. They have several exhibitions during the year. The one in the summer tends to cater to children.
Summer Exhibition 2022: Sayama De Yokai
Date: Saturday July 2nd to Sunday September 4th
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, last entry to the museum at 4.30 pm. Please note the museum is closed on Mondays.
Cost: The entrance fee to the museum went up during the pandemic. It now costs 300 yen per adult. There is no charge for children, but if they want to participate in a workshop it costs between 200 and 350 yen per child.
The museum is a 3 minute walk from the Inariyama kouen station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line. You can also get a bus from the west exit of the Seibu Shinjuku Line Sayama City Station to Inariyama Park and walk to the museum.
If you are coming by car; the museum is about fifteen minutes from the Sayama Interchange of the Ken-o expressway or 20 minutes from the Kawagoe Interchange of the Kanetsu expressway. The museum and the restaurant share parking and it is free. Spaces are quite limited in the car park beside the museum, so it is not uncommon to have to wait for a parking space to come free. However, you can also use the park’s car park and walk over.
Previous exhibitions at Sayama Museum: The Beauty of Japanese Swords, January to February 2020, Exploring the Dinosaur Era from teeth in the summer of 2021, Cardboard exhibition, Trick Art Exhibition, “Unfortunate Insects” (summer 2019), to name but a few.