Cristy Burne

Author, editor, science writer

About yokai demons

My first books all feature Japanese demons and Japanese mythology.

Japanese demons are better known as yokai (妖怪).

They have featured in Japanese fairy tales and folklore for centuries. Scholars have been cataloguing yokai species in encyclopedias and databases since the 1770s.

Check out the yokai featured in Takeshita DemonsThe Filth LickerMonster Matsuri and MerMonster.


Oni plates

Japanese monsters:

8 body parts you will want: Super cool demon anatomy 

8 cool dog myths, and why the inugami dog-god didn’t make it

8 signs that your snail is an ogre: Sazae-oni revealed

8 spooky Japanese proverbs

Spooky yokai bellJapanese mythology:

Enma Daio, Datsue-ba, and a reason to die with your clothes on

Quick quiz: Is your persimmon haunted?

Selective genetics or ghosts? Legend of the Samurai crabs

You’ve heard of the headless horseman? How about the headless horse?

Check out the Takeshita Demons series of adventures for 8-12-year-olds.

5 thoughts on “About yokai demons

  1. Hi,
    Your blog looks great! But there are so many links I clicked on that seem broken. I’d like to see all your Japanese teaching ideas as I’m a teacher and am thinking as using yokai to teach Japanese to a bunch of angry teenagers who may just be interested in this topic. I can’t seem to find much so please help!



    • Hi Kylie, I’m so sorry…we’re in the process of shifting the blog. I’ve hopefully fixed most of the broken links. If you find any more, please email me on and I’ll send the content as attachments. Just let me know what you’d like to look at 🙂 Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for letting me know!


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