According to the Japanese folklore, the Jorōgumo is a magic, 400 year old giant spider, that can change its appearance into that of a beautiful woman. She seduces young handsome men, wraps them up in her webs and eats them.
Futakuchi-onna by Perynne on DeviantArt
Second one in the series. Futakuchi-onna (two-mouthed woman) is not a monster as such, but a normal woman who is affected by a curse or something which ... Futakuchi-onna
DISCOVERY CHANNEL yokai feature
Beware of the Yokai! an 8 page, seven illustration feature of Japanese mythical creatures appreared in Discovery Channel Magazine June/July 2009 issue. six yokais featured are: Kappa, Tengu, Tanuk
Demon with a Buddhist prayer (Oni no nenbutsu), 1864 by Kawanabe Kawanabe Kyōsai
Ogres, or oni, alongside animals and ghosts, were some of Kawanabe Kyōsai’s favourite subjects. They are generally thought of as fierce demons who can be menacing yet humorous in their actions. This oni is collecting donations for a temple and ...
Strange Japanese monsters are beautiful
I found these old Japanese monsters to be ghoulish and strangely beautiful. In the sophisticated popular culture of the Edo period (1603-1868), much attention was devoted to Japan’s rich pantheon…
A-Yokai-A-Day: Hyakume | Matthew Meyer
One of the weirdest yokai I have ever come across is this monstrosity, the one-hundred-eyed demon known as Hyakume. I painted a version of him a few years back, in my Hyakki Yako panels from the first A-Yokai-A-Day series. This is the version that appears in Night Parade. Hyakume 百目 Translation: one hundred eyes Habitat: … Continue reading A-Yokai-A-Day: Hyakume
Utagawa Kunisada | Maruami Gorō Saved by Fudō's (Acala) Attendant Seitaka from Narita Shrine | Japan | Edo period (1615–1868) | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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A-Yokai-A-Day: Sōgen-bi | Matthew Meyer
Today’s yokai is a fairly obscure one, and he is a type of hi-no-tama, or fireball yokai. Sōgen-bi (叢原火 or 宗源火, そうげんび) Sōgen-bi, literally “Sōgen’s fire” is a yokai that was sighted at Mibu-dera in Kyoto. (Mibu-dera is also very famous for being the home of the legendary Shinsengumi.) This yokai takes the form of … Continue reading A-Yokai-A-Day: Sōgen-bi
How the Terrible Japanese Kappa Monster Became Cute
Human's have always had a mixed relationship with kappa. Although fearsome and depraved — kappa are honest and generally keep their word (they can speak Japanese).