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Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  08Ubagabi_465_646_int
Ubagabi—the ghost of an old woman that appears as fireball.
 
There’s an ancient Japanese legend of the one hundred yōkai—monsters, ghosts, apparitions and demons—who parade through the streets on hot summer nights. If anyone is unfortunate to see these creatures—or to be caught up in it—then they will perish away or worse be taken captive for the twisted pleasure.
If you’ve ever watched the enjoyable trilogy of movies Yokai MonstersOne Hundred Monsters (1968), Spook Warfare (1968), and Along With Ghosts (1969)—then you’ll have a good idea what these demons look like—ogres, goblins, ghosts, sprites, spooky umbrellas and dangerous women with ever-extending serpentine necks.
All of these incredible monsters have long been a part of Japanese folklore. They were first codified in the supernatural bestiary—Gazu Hyakki Yagyō (The Illustrated Night Parade of a Hundred Demons) by artist and scholar Toriyama Sekien in 1776. It’s a kind of fabulously illustrated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them but far, far more beautiful and eerie.
In 1881, artist Nabeta Gyokuei updated this incredible volume when he produced a picture book or e-hon of Sekien’s 100 demons. The Kaibutsu Ehon or Illustrated Book of Monsters features beautiful woodblock prints of each of the yōkai and its special powers.
The whole book can be viewed here.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  04Kasha_465_653_int
Kasha—a fiery yōkai—or phantom-in this case a cat that steals or devours corpses.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  12Aoi_no_Ue_465_656_int
Aoi no Ue—fictional female character from ‘The Tale of Genji’ who is possessed by demons.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  05Noderabo%CC%84_465_650_int
Noderabō—a strange, deformed creature seen standing near ‘a temple bell.’
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  06Waraime_Kerakera-onna_465_659_int
Waraime or Kerakera—a giant cackling woman who brings misfortune.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  15Shuten_Do%CC%84ji_465_663_int
Shuten Dōji—a brutal and fearsome oni—or demon—known for kidnapping, enslaving and devouring young Kyoto maidens. One of the three great evil yokai. 
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  03Futsukeshibaba_Hikeshibaba_465_641_int
Futsukeshibaba—a ghostly woman who blows out lantern lights causing terror.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  02Nue_465_650_int
Nue—a chimera consisting of ‘the face of a monkey, the legs of a tiger , the body of a Japanese Raccoon Dog and the front half of a snake for a tail.’
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  10Nyu%CC%84naisuzume_465_664_int
Nyūnaisuzume—a shape-shifting evil spirit here depicted as sparrows flying from a poet’s mouth.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  01Mikoshi-nyu%CC%84do%CC%84_465_649_int
Mikoshi nyūdō—bald-headed evil goblin with an ever-extending neck.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  09Yamao_465_657_int
Yamao—a strange one-eyed mountain creature.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  07Daibutsu-kaibutsu_465_646_int
Daibutsu-kaibutsu—a group or pile of living skulls.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  22So%CC%84genbi_465_646_int
Sōgenbi—the ghost of a priest whose head appears in a cloud of burning flames.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  18Raigo%CC%84_465_646_int
Raigō—a monk reborn as a rat.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  19Hitotsume-bo%CC%84zu_465_670_int
Hitotsume-bōzu—a cyclops monk.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  13Nekomata_465_667_int
Nekomata—a cat yōkai that comes in two types. One lives wild in the mountains, the other is domesticated.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  20Shiriyau_Shiryo%CC%84_465_640_int
Shiriyau—a spirit of the dead.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  16Yu%CC%84rei_465_656_int
Yūrei—a ghost.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  21Tanuki-bo%CC%84_465_649_int
Tanuki-bō—another monk this time one who has returned as a monkey.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  25Yanari_465_652_int
Yanari—small demons that cause floorboards and wooden walls to creak and crack.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  24Tengu_465_649_int
Tengu—a bird like demon that is sometimes considered a harbinger of war.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  14Umizato%CC%84_465_645_int
Umizatō—a blind man who can walk on water.
 
Weird monsters of Japanese folklore  23Teratsutsuki_465_660_int
Teratsutsuki—lingering resentment is turned into a woodpecker.
 
Via Pink Tentacle.

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