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…

Today's yokai is a famous one that you have probably heard of or seen at one time or another. Those famous demon masks that are so iconic of Japanese demons come from this one. Movies like Onibaba,...

Today's yokai is a famous one that you have probably heard of or seen at one time or another. Those famous demon masks that are so iconic of Japanese demons come from this one. Movies like Onibaba,...

The month is just about halfway done, and I wanted to save some of the more Halloween-ish yokai for a date closer to Halloween… well I think that time has come. Today’s yokai is another one of my favorites: Yuki-onna, the snow woman. There are a few legends surround her, but the most famous one, as told by Lafcadio Hearn (and shamelessly copied from Wikipedia), goes like this:  A long time ago, there lived two woodcutters, Minokichi and Mosaku. Minokichi was young and Mosaku was very old…

The month is just about halfway done, and I wanted to save some of the more Halloween-ish yokai for a date closer to Halloween… well I think that time has come. Today’s yokai is another one of my favorites: Yuki-onna, the snow woman. There are a few legends surround her, but the most famous one, as told by Lafcadio Hearn (and shamelessly copied from Wikipedia), goes like this: A long time ago, there lived two woodcutters, Minokichi and Mosaku. Minokichi was young and Mosaku was very old…

In 1937 Hallie Illingworth vanished without a trace.  Monty claimed that his wife had run off with a sailor, soon afterwards he ran off with another woman; he would be granted a divorce from Hallie in 1938. His story seemed suspicious.. In 1940, two fishermen spotted an object floating on the water: they saw a body wrapped in blankets and hog tied with heavy rope. The body showed clear evidence of being strangled, until today the ghost of Hallie is haunting Lake Crescent.

In 1937 Hallie Illingworth vanished without a trace. Monty claimed that his wife had run off with a sailor, soon afterwards he ran off with another woman; he would be granted a divorce from Hallie in 1938. His story seemed suspicious.. In 1940, two fishermen spotted an object floating on the water: they saw a body wrapped in blankets and hog tied with heavy rope. The body showed clear evidence of being strangled, until today the ghost of Hallie is haunting Lake Crescent.

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: …

Onryo - Japanese Ghost - They are the ghosts of people who died with such strong passions, such as jealousy, rage or hatred, that their soul is unable to pass on, and instead, transforms into a powerful, wrathful spirit bent on vengeance on anyone or anything it encounters.

Onryo - Japanese Ghost - They are the ghosts of people who died with such strong passions, such as jealousy, rage or hatred, that their soul is unable to pass on, and instead, transforms into a powerful, wrathful spirit bent on vengeance on anyone or anything it encounters.

Yūrei: ghost.  Pictured is a typical vengeful female spirit wearing white burial robes and head ornament. Summertime is ghost season in Japan!

Yūrei: ghost. Pictured is a typical vengeful female spirit wearing white burial robes and head ornament. Summertime is ghost season in Japan!

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