(Sometimes transliterated kwaidan) is a Japanese word consisting of two kanji: 怪 (kai) meaning “strange, mysterious, rare or bewitching apparition” and 談 (dan) meaning “talk” or “recited narrative”.
Kaidan entered the vernacular during the Edo period, when a game called Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai became popular. This game led to a demand for ghost stories and folktales to be gathered from all parts of Japan and China.
This work is a voyage in the land of Kaidan.
The ghost has been a recurring presence in Japanese literature, theatre, cinema and everyday culture.
It is perceived in a remarkably different way from western civilisation.
The fear factor co-exists with the common acceptance of their existence and presence.
Series of 36 photographs