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You've probably come across the term "yokai (妖怪)" in Japanese. These are supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons in Japanese folklore. They encompass several legends from all parts of Japan and all periods of Japanese history. The ancient times were abundant with these kinds of folktales which have been passed...

After a festive Christmas celebration and an optimistic look to the new year, an anime that uses Japan’s traditional way of storytelling makes us feel like it’s Halloween all over again. Yamishibai (闇芝居): Japanese Ghost Stories returns for its fourth season this January 2017. Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, also known...

Recently I was covering a unit in my English Listening class and the subject that was used to teach the lesson was about mythological creatures. It referred to various creatures such as the Lochness Monster, Sasquatch, and Banshee. These are some of the more well-known mythological creatures, but as...

Japan has a fair share of stories about supernatural monsters and spirits which some people deeply believe in. One of which is a bipedal turtle-like aquatic goblin known as "kappa." They are believed to grab unsuspecting humans who walk over bridges and swamps and drowning them. In order to...

Urashima Taro is one of the most popular folk legends in Japan. It is a story often told to kids. There are a few variations of the story but they are quite similar overall. Summary of the Story chestofbooks.com/ In the popularly told version, Urashima Taro is fishing when he...

In Japanese folklore, a class of supernatural spirits and monsters is called "yokai." It can also be called mononoke or mamono in other terms. These are often seen in the form of animals as well as humans or as inanimate objects with no specific shape. Most of these are...

Snow festivals are common in Japan in winter. Each region celebrates them in their own way, with most involving snow sculptures. However, a unique snow festival with more of a focus on folklore happens every year during January 14th and 15th, in Niino, a village in the Shimoina district...

While blood-drinking bats have been incorporated in the tales of Transylvania's Dracula, in Japan there are also some real animals that have become the central part of their mythology. Baku and Tapirs hyakumonogatari.com/ The history of baku originates from China as a creature with the trunk of an elephant, the...

Fairy tales are a good example of a global concept, because they are prevalent in every culture. Reading fairy tales allows you to learn about a culture more in-depth, and add to the knowledge you already have through portrayal in the media. Recently, I have started to learn more...

Japanese Folktales or Mukashibanashi (昔話) are popularly known by children and adults all around Japan. People learn of these stories from school or from their parents at a young age and pass on the stories once they have children of their own. geocities.jp/ There are a number of folktales in...

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