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
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
If you’re fishing and you catch this Yokai, you’ll have a choice to make. If you eat it, you gain longevity but it also might bring storms and unfortunate incidents. It’s said that if a fisherman catches one, they throw them back to avoid possible tragedy. Would you risk eating if you knew you could… Continue reading Ningyo
This strange Yokai has an eye where its anus should be. You might want to be a little leery if you happen to be walking down the road late night in Kyoto and a lone travel starts stripping his clothes off in front of you.
Two stories surround this yokia. One states that it’s the remains/spirt/ghost an older women who died and comes back to visit her lovers. She would appear to them as a beautiful women but to others she would appear as a skeleton. In the other story, while the women was alive, people said she was ugly…… Continue reading Hone-Onna
There are stories about these umbrella-like Yokai that sometimes they appear on rainy nights and if you see one, your feet will be fixed to the ground but other times if you accidently mistake one for an umbrella, they can lift you into the sky.