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Tengu- Japanese folklore: an avian creature with human characteristics. They were thought of as evil malignant spirits or protective guardians.


In Japanese folklore, the rabbit (usagi) resides on the moon pounding rice for omchi (rice cake).


According to Japanese folklore, a cat (neko) that has lived for a long time can become a kind of youkai called a nekomata (猫叉). It was believed that after a cat reached ten years of age, its tail would slowly split into two tails, and, along the way, it would develop magic powers, primarily those of necromancy and shamanism. Nekomata also have an ability to shape shift into a human form and are generally hostile to humans. There is also one kind of Nekomata that lived in Nabes


Mujina- Japanese folklore: magical badgers that live in the mountains. They can shapeshift into human form, but can also take the appearance of a noppera-bo; a faceless human. They are very shy and tend to avoid humans as much as possible.


Rokurokubi are demons found in Japanese folklore. They look like normal human beings by day, but at night they gain the ability to stretch their necks to great lengths. They can also change their faces to those of terrifying oni to better scare mortals. In their daytime human forms, rokurokubi often live undetected and may even take mortal spouses. Many rokurokubi become so accustomed to such a life that they take great pains to keep their demonic forms secret.


Sara-hebi (さら蛇) is a large, snake-like creature with the head of a woman. Yokai Ghost stories from Japanese folklore.


Noppera-bo, or the "faceless ghost", is a legendary creature from Japanese folklore that has inspired numerous stories. They are known to frighten humans by imitating another person's face before revealing their own blank face, but they are otherwise harmless. (︶ω︶) Sharing the Worldwide JapanLove ♥ ♥ Art by Little Miss Paintbrush ♥


Yūrei (Japanese folklore): Used as a general term; there are also more specific types of ghosts, like the Onryō (vengeful spirits who return from purgatory), Goryō (aristocratic ghosts, often vengeful martyrs), or Zashiki-warashi (mischievous ghost children).


Baku: The Legend of the Dream Eater: The baku, otherwise known as the ‘dream eater’, is a mythological being or spirit in Chinese and Japanese folklore which is said to devour nightmares. The baku cannot be summoned without caution, however, as ancient legends say that if the baku is not satisfied after consuming the nightmare, he may also devour one’s hopes and dreams.


Remind you of Princess Mononoke? ... Kodama by Gimpbeast A kodama (木魂?) is a spirit from Japanese folklore, which is believed to live in certain trees (similar to the Dryad of Greek myth). Cutting down a tree which houses a kodama is thought to bring misfortune, and such trees are often marked with shimenawa rope.