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Umi bōzu | Yokai.com Japanese Yokai, Japanese Myth, Folklore Art, Japanese Monster, Japanese Mythology, Japanese Folklore, Japon Illustration, Arte Obscura, Urban Legends

Umi bōzu

海坊主 うみぼうず Translation: sea monk Alternate names: umi nyūdō, umi hōshi Habitat: seas, oceans, bays Diet: unknown Appearance: Perhaps no other aquatic yōkai is as mysterious as the giant umi bōzu. Their true form is unknown. Umi bōzu are only ever seen from the shoulders up, but they appear to be roughly humanoid in shape, with inky black skin and

Antoine Menjou
Yūrei (幽霊) by Matthew Meyer. A spirit or ghost that haunts a particular place or person. Japanese Mythical Creatures, Japanese Urban Legends, Japanese Yokai, Japanese Myth, Arte Occulta, Arte Peculiar, Japanese Monster, Japanese Horror, Japanese Mythology

A-Yokai-A-Day: Yūrei | Matthew Meyer

Halloween is coming up, and with the Frankenstorm on it's way, it's the perfect time to hunker down with some candles and blankets and a good ghost story. Maybe even get your friends together for a hyakumonogatari kaidankai ghost story telling party? If you're planning on telling any ghost stories this year, today's entry should

Carla Neeley
Kodama are tree spirits & protectors of the forest. To cut down a tree inhabited by Kodama brings very bad luck. Japanese Spirits Art, Kodama Tree Spirit, Yokai Art, Organisation Board, Japanese Spirits, Japanese Yokai, Tree Spirits, Japanese Myth, Forest Spirits


木霊 こだま Translation: tree spirit Habitat: deep in untouched forests, inside very old tress Diet: none; its life is connected to the life of its host tree Appearance: Deep in the mountainous forests of Japan, the souls of the trees are animated as spirits called kodama. These souls wander outside of their hosts, tending to their groves and maintaining

A-Yokai-A-Day: Nurikabe Chiba, Japanese Yokai, Japanese Myth, Japanese Monster, Japanese Mythology, Art Asiatique, Japanese Folklore, Art Japonais, Mythological Creatures

A-Yokai-A-Day: Nurikabe | Matthew Meyer

Today's yokai is extremely well-known and popular in Japan, made famous by Mizuki Shigeru's yokai stories. However, like many of Mizuki's works, it has its history way back in the ghost stories of the Edo period. If we look back at the original monster scroll paintings that started the whole Edo period yokai mania, we'll

Duru Simsek
The spirit of the heron maiden    woodblock print by Taniguchi Kokyo (1864-1915), dated 1925 Japanese Painting, Geisha Art, Japanese Illustration, Art Japonais, 인물 드로잉, Art Woman, Eastern Art, Japanese Woodblock Printing, Maneki Neko

鷺娘の精 (The spirit of the heron maiden)

woodblock print by Taniguchi Kokyo (1864-1915), dated 1925; from my collection. Oban tate-e (27.0 x 42.5 cm). "Sagi Musume no Sei," the "Spirit of the Heron Maiden." A kabuki hengemono dance (one actor/many roles) wherein the spirit of a heron changes into a girl and then back again. A summary from www.kabuki21.com/sagi_musume.php : "The set is a frozen pond in the middle of Winter. The music from the geza is the classic sound effect for falling snow. The spirit of the heron appears on a…

Eirini Anagnostakou