Today’s character comes from another very very famous kaidan ghost story called Bancho Sarayashiki, or “The Dish Mansion at Bancho.” Her name is Okiku, and she is one of the most famous ghosts in Japanese folklore. Her story has been adapted into puppet theater, kabuki, movies, ukiyo-e and every other imaginable art form. Her story takes place in the area of Bancho, in present-day Hyogo prefecture, but it has been adapted to other locations, and tweaked, and changed, so there are a number…

Today’s character comes from another very very famous kaidan ghost story called Bancho Sarayashiki, or “The Dish Mansion at Bancho.” Her name is Okiku, and she is one of the most famous ghosts in Japanese folklore. Her story has been adapted into puppet theater, kabuki, movies, ukiyo-e and every other imaginable art form. Her story takes place in the area of Bancho, in present-day Hyogo prefecture, but it has been adapted to other locations, and tweaked, and changed, so there are a number…

シーサー しいさあ TRANSLATION: the Ryukyuan pronunciation of shishi, another name for komainu HABITAT: shrines, castles, graveyards, villages; found on rooftops in particular DIET: carnivorous APPEARANCE: …

シーサー しいさあ TRANSLATION: the Ryukyuan pronunciation of shishi, another name for komainu HABITAT: shrines, castles, graveyards, villages; found on rooftops in particular DIET: carnivorous APPEARANCE: …

傘お化け (Umbrella Ghost)  Kasa-obake are a type of tsukumogami (japanese object spirits), the spirits of parasols who have reached their 100th birthday. They have one eye, a protruding tongue from an agape mouth, and a single foot, usually wearing a geta.

傘お化け (Umbrella Ghost) Kasa-obake are a type of tsukumogami (japanese object spirits), the spirits of parasols who have reached their 100th birthday. They have one eye, a protruding tongue from an agape mouth, and a single foot, usually wearing a geta.

With Halloween fast approaching, one common thing you can see all over are tissue-paper ghosts. These cute flying ghosts are a staple of American elementary schools, and if you are lucky you might ...

With Halloween fast approaching, one common thing you can see all over are tissue-paper ghosts. These cute flying ghosts are a staple of American elementary schools, and if you are lucky you might ...

Kodama: The Kodoma is a peaceful Japanese spirit who lives inside of trees. People who have seen them say they look like a tiny white ghost who fits perfectly with nature. They are kind creatures unless you try to kill one of them or cut down the tree they live in. But if you are foolish enough to attempt either you will be cursed for life.

Kodama: The Kodoma is a peaceful Japanese spirit who lives inside of trees. People who have seen them say they look like a tiny white ghost who fits perfectly with nature. They are kind creatures unless you try to kill one of them or cut down the tree they live in. But if you are foolish enough to attempt either you will be cursed for life.

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ippondatara Posted on Thursday October 8th, 2015 A lot of yokai have recurring themes to them: prostitutes, priests, young boys… these are not coincidences. These different classes of yokai are all there for reasons. In some of the cases, they are commentaries on societal problems that Toriyama Sekien and other yokai-ologists saw in Edo period Japan.  Another commonly recurring theme is having one eye. A number of yokai have this trait, ao bozu, hitotsume nyudo, hitotsume…

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ippondatara Posted on Thursday October 8th, 2015 A lot of yokai have recurring themes to them: prostitutes, priests, young boys… these are not coincidences. These different classes of yokai are all there for reasons. In some of the cases, they are commentaries on societal problems that Toriyama Sekien and other yokai-ologists saw in Edo period Japan. Another commonly recurring theme is having one eye. A number of yokai have this trait, ao bozu, hitotsume nyudo, hitotsume…

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