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Tottori, Where the Yokai Meets the Traditional!

If you are planning a trip to Tottori prefecture and looking for a ryokan (traditional Japanese style accommodation) experience, I have an excellent recommendation for you. Located in Yonago city, Shogetsu faces directly towards the sea of Japan and has a direct entrance leading from the hotel onto the beach. I stayed here with my…

3 Popular Animals in the Japanese Mythology

Every culture has a rich tapestry of folk tales and mythology, and Japan is no exception. You may be familiar with Yokai from scary stories or films, but there are some characters in the folk law that are a bit cuter, although they still might be naughty! Three animals are often written about in Japanese…

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,…

Tsukumogami – Japanese “Tool” Ghosts and Monsters

The fascinating field of Japanese Yokai (monsters) and ghosts is immense. One specific group inside this wide world are the spirits of tsukumogami (付喪神). This idea originated from Shinto religion, which believes, that everything in the world is a god and has a spirit inside. Therefore, it should be treated with respect and appreciation. Tsukumogami…

Yokai – Famous Japanese ghosts, monsters and creatures

As featured in the first part of this article, there are more monsters that could enter the top 10 ranking. Here are the next 5 (in)famous ones: Relevance article: Yokai – Japanese ghosts, monsters and legendary creatures part 1 Rokurokubi (ろくろ首) A female yokai with an extremely long neck, that can extend even further. Rokuro means…

Yokai – Japan’s top 5 famous ghosts, monsters and creatures

Have you ever heard of Japanese ghosts or monsters? When thinking about monsters, most people think of Frankenstein, yetis or bigfoot. Japanese monsters are called yokai, ghosts would be obake. They are, of course, a bit different from their western counterparts. You might have encountered some of them in pop culture like video games or…