'The Sailor Tokuso Encountering an Umibōzu' by Japanese printmaker Utagawa Kuniyoshi Ukiyo-e print. Umibōzu is a spirit in Japanese folklore. The Umibōzu is said to live in the ocean and capsize the ship of anyone who dares speak to it.
Keukegen- Japanese folklore: a creature covered in black fur that lives in peoples houses. Its name means "rarely seen". It was a disease spirit, inflicting sickness into those who lived in its host house. It also reminds me vaguely of cookie monster.
“An illustration of the Spider Yokai Jorogumo from
Gashadokuro (Japanese) - Enormous Skeletons, and the favorite war-beasts of the Horseman of Famine.
Bakemono Zukushi – Japanese monsters from the Edo period
The Bakemono Zukushi handscroll, painted in the Edo period century) by an unknown artist, depicts 24 traditional monsters that once used to spook the people of Japan. Sara-hebi (shown here) is a large, snake-like creature with the head of a woman.
In Japanese folklore, the rabbit (usagi) resides on the moon pounding rice for mochi (rice cakes).
Rokurokubi are demons found in Japanese folklore. They look like normal human beings by day, but at night they gain the ability to stretch their necks to great lengths. They can also change their faces to those of terrifying oni to better scare mortals.
10 Artworks By Katsushika Hokusai You Should Know
Katsushika Hokusai: The Ghost of Oiwa (Oiwa-san), from the series One Hundred Ghost Stories (Hyaku monogatari) - Museum of Fine Arts
Baku (獏 or 貘) - The Dream Eater. Supernatural beings that devour dreams and nightmares. Has a long history in Japanese folklore and art.
“Nyaa” by ぴーすけ “Nekomata” is a lower level Japanese demon cat with a forked tail. Nekomatas walk on their hind legs and have necromancing ability.
Nihon: almost a love story
Japanese folklore & legends
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 fi…
Kitsune (狐 or きつね, Kitsune) is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore; in English, kitsune refers to them in this context. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with
Nekomata (猫又), two-tailed cat yōkai (supernatural creature), from the Hyakkai-Zukan (百怪図巻), 1737
Natsume Yuujinchou ~~ Remember the touching story of the yokai in the abandoned school building and the girl who loved him? This may be the classic ayakashi that he was based upon :: SciFi and Fantasy Art Yokai: Karakasa-obake by Richard Svensson
Kappa by Yuko Shimizu. This Yokai lives in the ponds and lakes. The Kappa seem to be very mischievous and like to wrestle people underwater.