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Makiko Takashima

MA work

Yokai The hopeful monster

Yokai are a traditional Japanese cultural form through which everyday fears are represented as monstrous creatures. These fears are diminished both by the act of representation, and the sharing of this representation in the community.

In my project I have modernized the Yokai theme, making an inflatable Yokai costume that represents womens’ contemporary fears. The costume forms the basis for a performance. Compared to traditional two-dimensional representations, this is intended to bring the Yokai to life and amplify their psychological impact.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2018

  • Degrees

  • Graduate Diploma in Design, Goldsmiths University of London, 2016
  • Awards

  • 1st Prize Battersea Park Annual Sculpture Award 2017