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  1. 1. Japanese Ghosts, Creatures,and Myths(disclaimer: Forgive the grammatical errors, I just copy-paste)
  2. 2. • Yokai- (often spelled Youkai)("apparitions", "spirits" or "demons")-Japanese folklorists and historians useyōkai as "supernatural or unaccountablephenomena to their informants"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPDWAcW3BRc
  3. 3. • Yurei- Yurei are ghosts or spirits, and tendto be similar to their western counterparts.• Obake- Obake (also called bakemono orsimply bake) are creatures that havechanged from one form to another,generally becoming more powerful in theprocess. Usually this change is due to thepresence of negative feelings, and as
  4. 4. • Oni- a wide variety of creatures thatinhabit Jigoku, the Buddhist hell.
  5. 5. • Kappa- Kappa supposedly inhabit the ponds andrivers of Japan and have various features to aidthem in this environment, such as webbedhands and feet.
  6. 6. • Nurarihyon is a yokai from folklorethat may have derived from storiesof a large jellyfish. In modern storieshe is considered to be thecommander of all yokai, and has ahabit of slipping into peoples houseswhile they are busy making dinnerand helping himself to tea andtobacco.
  7. 7. • Momonjii is a kind of bogeyman thatcarries children off into the forest andis used by parents to threaten theirmisbehaving kids. Believed to derivefrom Momonga, a kind of small flyingsquirrel that turns into momonjii uponreaching old age.
  8. 8. • Gangikozou is a fish-eating water monsterrelated to the kappa.
  9. 9. • Nuppeppo- a piece of dead flesh oftenfound wandering in graveyards andtemples.
  10. 10. • Originaly from China, the Baku has beenin Japanese folklore for a thousandyears. It is a dream and nightmare eater,and it has had varying forms over theyears. Baku is also the Japanese wordfor Tapir, and modern renditions have theyokai appearing similar to a tapir.
  11. 11. • Nureonna has the body of a snake and thehead of a woman. Exists in various sizesup to 300 meters in length, and oftenfound on the seashore. has a habit ofsucking all the blood from its victims.
  12. 12. • A sazae is a shellfish known as TurbanSnail in English. When a turban snailreaches 30 years of age it turns into a"turban snail ogre", sazaeoni. It can turnitself into a beautiful woman, and, as thestory goes, when rescued from the seaby sailors will have sex with all of thembut cut off the testicles afterwards.
  13. 13. • Housoushi was a kind of exorcist whoused his four eyes to watch over thefour directions and dispel invisible"pollution". He seems to be developedfrom a Chinese shaman/magician.There are still ceremonies held inseveral Kyoto shrines involvingHoussoushi, but he somehowdissapeared or fell out of favor in theninth century.
  14. 14. • Housoushi was a kind of exorcist whoused his four eyes to watch over thefour directions and dispel invisible"pollution". He seems to be developedfrom a Chinese shaman/magician.There are still ceremonies held inseveral Kyoto shrines involvingHoussoushi, but he somehowdissapeared or fell out of favor in theninth century.
  15. 15. • Hyakume, literally "one hundred eyes", isa yokai that protects shrines from thieves.It is said that if you steal from a shrinethen one of hyakumes eyes will chaseafter you until it attaches itself to you. It ispossible that this is related to the symbolthat was tattooed on convicted thieves.
  16. 16. • Rokurokubi during the daytime lookjust like normal people, but at nightthey can stretch their necks totremendous lengths and seem todelight in scaring people, especially itis said, drunks. There are buddhistversions of Rokurokubi that actuallywere humans who broke buddhistprecepts, and were more bloodthirstyand demonic than other Rokurokubi.
  17. 17. • Dorotabo was a hard-working farmer whodied. His son who inherited the land was abit of a wastrel who rather than work theland sold it off. Whenever the new ownertried to work in the paddies Dorotabowould emerge from the mud screaming"this is my land!!!". Interestingly his oneeye maybe connected with ancient fertilityrites, literally "the one-eyed trousersnake"!
  18. 18. • Isogashi is the Japanese word for "busy",and is an invisible spirit that possessespeople and drives them to busyness.(sanasaniban din tayo nito anez?)
  19. 19. • Betobeto-san is invisible andharmless, rather natural phenomenonthan monster. If youve ever beenwalking down a dark country lane atnight and felt as if you are beingfollowed, but turn around and there isno-one there, chances are it isBetobetosan following you. Thesolution is to say "Betobetosan!... goahead pleease" and he will pass you.
  20. 20. • Kanibouzu was a giant crab that hid in atemple and took the form of a buddhistmonk. Whenever people visited the templehe would kill and eat them.
  21. 21. • Hyoutoku is a variation of Kyotoko. Inthe story, a poor old couple meet abeautiful woman in the forest and shegives them a baby boy. They take himhome and notice that the little boy isconstantly poking his bellybutton untileventually gold starts coming out of itand the old couple become rich.
  22. 22. • Uwan is an invisible Yokai that inhabits oldhouses and temples. His shouts can onlybe heard inside the building. In the Edoperiod artists began painting images ofvarious "invisible" yokai.
  23. 23. • Medama Oyaji - A ghost reborn as just aneyeball, the character is known as DaddyEyeball in the english version. He loves tostay clean and is often found bathing in abowl.
  24. 24. • Keukegen is completely covered in hairand is known to cause disease in humans.It inhabits damp, airless spaces, so thesolution is to open windows and doors andallow some air circulation.
  25. 25. • Yamabiko is a tree spirit living in themountains that creates the echoes youhear in the mountains
  26. 26. • Syunobon is a yokai originally fromFukushima. When following you heappears human, but will startle you byreverting to his original form.
  27. 27. • Aonyoubou (Blue Wife) is a form ofGoryu, an "angry ghost". The mostfamous Goryu is Michizane Sugawara,commonly known as Tennjin. Humanskilled for political reasons areparticularly prone to be angry ghosts.

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