Japanese ghost

How Many of These Ghosts from Japanese Folklore Do You Know?

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 from generations to generations. Until now,…

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…

Take a Stroll Down Eerie ’Yokai Street’ and Greet the Monsters Along the Way

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 dangerous but some are thought to…

The 3 Scariest Japanese Urban Legends

The allure of all urban legends is that you never really know for sure whether they are simply tales to scare naughty children into being good or if there really is something more behind them. Right where you are seated reading this article, try to imagine every single story your parents or friends ever told…

Japanese Scary Stories: The Gashadokuro

Are You Afraid of the Dark? Every culture has ghost stories, and scary urban legends. Scary urban legends and ghost stories can shed a lot of light on the culture of the place and the people where the story is based. This is the sixth in a series of articles based on Japanese Scary Stories.…

Japanese Scary Stories: The Fatal Fare

Are You Afraid of the Dark? Every culture has ghost stories and scary urban legends. Scary urban legends and ghost stories can shed a lot of light on the culture of the place and the people where the story is based. This is the fifth in a series of articles based on Japanese Scary Stories.…

Japanese Scary Stories: Aka Manto

Are You Afraid of the Dark? Every culture has ghost stories and scary urban legends. Scary urban legends and ghost stories can shed a lot of light on the culture of the place and the people where the story is based. This is the fourth in a series of articles based on Japanese Scary Stories.…

Japanese Scary Stories: Hanako of the Toilet

Are You Afraid of the Dark? Every culture has ghost stories and scary urban legends. Scary urban legends and ghost stories can shed a lot of light on the culture of the place and the people where the story is based. This is the third in a series of articles based on Japanese Scary Stories.…

Japanese Scary Stories: Slit Mouthed Woman

Are You Afraid of the Dark? jp.fotolia.com/ Every culture has ghost stories and scary urban legends. Scary urban legends and ghost stories can shed a lot of light on the culture of the place and the people where the story is based. This is the second in a series of articles based on Japanese Scary…

Japanese Scary Stories: Teke Teke

Are You Afraid of the Dark? jp.fotolia.com/ Every culture has ghost stories and scary urban legends. As I was a child, my brothers and I would sit around the campfire or the fireplace in our house, and tell scary stories. Scary urban legends and ghost stories can shed a lot of light on the culture…