Strange Games and Enchanted Science: The Mystery of Kokkuri

  title={Strange Games and Enchanted Science: The Mystery of Kokkuri},
  author={Michael Dylan Foster},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={251 - 275}
  • M. Foster
  • Published 1 May 2006
  • Education
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
Scenes similar to this were enacted throughout Japan as the game spread rapidly across the country; Kokkuri was an explosively popular fashion, a mass culture phenomenon that entered the homes of people throughout the nation. From the end of 1886 to autumn of the following year, this divination game was so popular that, according to journalist and scholar Miyatake Gaikotsu (1867–1955), it was played in “almost every household” (Miyatake 1997, 53) (see figs. 1 and 2). 
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