Ushi-oni In Japanese Mythology, Ushi-oni was a name given to an assortment of ox-headed monsters. A common version is a massive, brutal sea-monster that attacks fishermen in Western Japan. It is often portrayed with a spider- or crab-like body
By: Meredith P. Nelson Recently opened at the Japan Society is “Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi,” a stunning exhibition showcasing the works of one of the leading print masters of the pre-modern era. Utagawa Kuniyoshi
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. This spirit’s name, which combines the character for “sea” with the character of “Buddhist monk,” is possibly related to the fact that the Umibōzu is said to have a large, round head, resembling the shaven heads of Buddhist monks. Alternatively, they are enormous Yōkai (spectres) that appear to shipwreck victims and fishermen.