Tengu literally means heavenly dog. They are considered as a Kami. There are two types of Tengus: The Daitengu and the Karasu Tengu. The Daitengu is humanoid with a red face, a long nose and a pair of wings while the Karasu Tengu either has a crow’s head and a human body, has a pair… Continue reading Tengu
Zashiki Warashi are ghostly spirits that are seen only by the children and the house’s owners it haunts. There are no known information about its appearance than they look like children (girl or boy) about 5-6 years old that has red blushing cheeks. They love sweet treats offered to them by the house owners. They… Continue reading Zashiki Warashi
Artwork by Mr. Luis Mendoza IG Account: @leetoonz Ippon-Datara is a shy yokai with one trunk-like leg, single eye, hops and goes tumbling around the deep mountains of Japan where it inhabits. A very special thanks to Mr. Luis Mendoza for sending us this amazing yokai art!
When a woman dies giving birth to her child she becomes a yokai called the Ubume. The Ubume are usually harmless. They wander near rivers while it’s raining in their white dress soaked in blood caused by the birthing. Sometimes they are seen pregnant, sometimes carrying a living baby or a dead one. The Ubume… Continue reading Ubume
Kodama is a tree spirit. They inhabit trees deep in the forests of Japan. They look like bluish light orbs. They can live inside the trees or around it. The life of the Kodama is connected with the trees. They protect the trees it inhabits and its surroundings. If someone tries or cuts these trees… Continue reading Kodama
Hyakume is impossible to tell apart from the Nuppeppo. They both look like giant fleshy fat blobs. However, the Hyakume is covered with hundreds of blinking eyes. Underneath those fat blobs are human-like bodies. The Hyakume commonly lives on graveyards and can be seen at night. They guard the graveyard from thieves. Their eyes can… Continue reading Hyakume
The human-faced tree. Jinmeju or the Ninmenju is a peculiar tree that bear fruits that has face. These fruits are called the Jinmenshi, although having faces, they are incapable of speaking but they can smile and laugh. They even continuously smile or laugh when the fall off the tree. These human-faced fruits are either sweet… Continue reading Jinmenju
Hitodama appears like colored glowing fire orbs, sometimes blueish, sometimes greenish or sometimes reddish, sometimes yellowish, with long glowing tails and is believed to be the souls of persons recently deceased. They can be seen on houses where people recently died, funeral homes and graveyards. They are visible to the human eyes and they are harmless.… Continue reading Hitodama