This online collection of creatures is “curated” by Hajime Emoto. The three-story virtual museum consists of nine rooms filled with water and land dwelling monsters, demons, and dragons from all over the globe. Some of the monsters look so incredibly real, it’s hard to believe that they are sculpted from paper, modeling paste and bamboo. Since the virtual museum is written entirely in Japanese, the links below can help guide you through a tour:
Each specimen has a clickable thumbnail that links to additional photos and background information (in Japanese). The basement contains a bookshop and a cafeteria that serves dishes prepared with some of the creatures featured in the museum.
Before They Pass Away is a project and book by photographer Jimmy Nelson that aims to document tribes and cultures before they disappear from existence.
About the book:
This historic volume showcases tribal cultures around the world. With globalization, these societies are to be prized for their distinctive lifestyles, art and traditions. They live in close harmony with nature, now a rarity in our modern era. Jimmy Nelson not only presents us with stunning images of customs and artifacts, but also offers insightful portraits of people who are the guardians of a culture that they—and we—hope will be passed on to future generations in all its glory. Nelson’s large-plate field camera captures every intricate detail and fine nuance for posterity. What’s more, this splendid pageantry is set against a vivid backdrop of some of the world’s most pristine landscapes.
Learn more about the book and the tribes on the project site.