Found this post just in time for Halloween…
If you want to know more about Japanese yokai and monsters, Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai is the place to go. Zack Davisson is a real expert on Japanese ghosts, language and culture, so check out his blog.
And be afraid! Be very afraid!
To learn much more about Japanese Ghosts, check out my book Yurei: The Japanese Ghost
Japan is one of the most haunted places on Earth. In Japanese folk belief, Japan as an island is infused with supernatural powers–The very soil of the land is charged with potential, magical energy. Human beings share in this energy. Inside each human being is a reikon, a being of profound power that is unleashed on death. The Japanese fear ghosts–called yurei in Japanese–but they also honor them. And for as far back as the written word goes in Japan, they tell stories about them.
The Golden Age of yurei was the Edo period (1603-1868), an unprecedented time of peace and prosperity. People swapped ghost stories in a story-telling game called Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai that was the passion of the nation. Players sat in a circle and told stories in succession as one hundred candles were extinguished…
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