Tokyo Night Parade

$19.99 USD

( / )


Spirited Away meets Where the Wild Things Are by way of yokai mythology in this enchanting picture book by debut author J. P. Takahashi and illustrator Minako Tomigahara following a Black Japanese girl as she celebrates what may be her last Night Parade of One Hundred Demons in Tokyo before returning back to New York. 

The night parade is about to begin . . .

The ground thunders in Tokyo. A gust of wind blows. The pitter-patter of paws and claws draws closer. The air is thick with swirling, swooping demons. 

It’s Eka’s favorite evening of the year, the one night she refuses to miss. But it’s become harder to travel to Japan now that she’s living across the world in New York. Unsure of when she can return next to see her yokai friends, Eka tries to forget that this could be her last parade for some time.

Instead, she’ll march, sing, dance, hoot, and screech until sunrise. Because on this night, there’s no time to waste—the night parade awaits. 

J. P. Takahashi was born in New York City and raised by a family of readers in the United States and Japan. She loves a good adventure, in real life and in her imagination—especially when it’s as scary as it is magical.

Minako "Tomi" Tomigahara is a visual development artist for animated film by day and a children’s book artist by night. She grew up near Asakusa, Japan, where the Night Parade of One Hundred Demons happens in Tokyo Night Parade. Her favorite yokai is Keu-Kegon. She now lives in Los Angeles.

 "A glorious night parade through the streets of Tokyo. Offering a glimpse of modern and traditional Japanese culture, this tale will charm a wide audience, including readers unfamiliar with and those enamored of its folklore, fiction, and manga." -School Library Journal (starred review)

"Eka’s questions about whether the yokai are good or wicked offer intriguing food for thought—like humans, the yokai contain multitudes. With its beautiful night palette, the artwork glows and brings the text and monsters to life. A beautiful tale of friendship and living in the moment." -Kirkus Reviews

"In this yokai-studded reimagining of Japanese folklore, a child who has “come home to Tokyo” reunites with fantastical friends on her favorite evening—that of the Night Parade of One Hundred Demons. [A] visually appealing nighttime romp." -Publishers Weekly

"An enchanting child’s-eye view of this night when the worlds of humans and demons overlap. In magnificent, flowing double-page spreads rendered in deep jewel tones, Tomigahara conjures a twilight setting both mistily dreamlike and glowingly joyous, perfectly in harmony with this tale’s buoyant celebration of the sweet space shared between two worlds." -Booklist

Please select all options.

Notify me when this product is available: