Hungry Ghosts ("gaki") are among the various creatures portrayed in Japanese Buddhism as repulsive and repugnant beings that roam the lands between life and death. These spirits are considered to be selfish, greedy or envious individuals, who after death, are eternally cursed with insatiable hunger and thirst. Once it seems these beings have satisfied their needs, everything they eat or drink becomes engulfed in flames.
This artwork can be seen published in the book:
“Japanese Motifs In Contemporary Design”