GeGeGe no Kitaro

Meet Strange Ghosts and Monsters in the Otherworldly City of Chofu (Tokyo)

In Japanese folklore, there are two types of mythical beings: yokai and yurei. There is a dizzying array of classification systems with the precise definitions varying by author and time period, and regardless of which you choose, there will always be fuzzy exceptions and beings that are hard to classify. That being said, in modern…

Shigeru Mizuki – Japan Loses the Creator Of Gegege No Kitaro

On the 30th of November 2015, the world bade goodbye to a renowned mangaka, Shigeru Mizuki (水木しげる). He had passed away at the ripe old age of 93 due to cardiac failure in a Tokyo hospital. He was most notable for his manga Gegege no Kitaro. Wartime experiences Besides manga, he is also known for…

Real Monster Town that Won’t Scare the Children

My 2.5-year-old daughter first introduced me to Yokai – mythical creatures in Japanese folklore. Some are mischievous while others are known to bring good fortune. There are many different kinds of Yokai and although I hadn’t been familiar with the word itself, I was actually more acquainted with Yokai than I realised. Kappa For example,…

Yokai – Japanese Ghosts and Monsters in New Age

Yokai watch Which of these cuddly Yo-kai would you like to cozy up with on #NationalCuddleUpDay: Komasan, Jibanyan or Whisper? pic.twitter.com/0IngoAqEmh — YO-KAI WATCH (@YokaiWatchNews) January 7, 2017 Japan has hundreds of yokai (monsters) and ghosts. A lot of them are still used in modern culture or literature. Very popular at the moment is yokai…