Strange Japanese Yokai: A Guide to Weird and Wonderful Monsters, Demons and Spirits

Category: Book
Translated By: Davisson, Zack
By (author): Murakami, Kenji
Subject:  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Yuri
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga
Audience: young adult
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Published: May 2023
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 8.00in x 5.12in
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From The Publisher*Since time immemorial, Japan has been inhabited by supernatural creatures, spirits, monsters and demons…Here's your chance to meet them up close and personal!

Strange Japanese Yokai assembles an extraordinary collection of mysterious creatures in every possible shape and size, each with their own unique back story. Some are well-known, others obscure. The one thing they share in common is that they are creepy and weird!

The 122 different Yokai described in this book include:

  • The Kappa: A dangerous creature who lives in lakes and rivers and attacks passers-by
  • The Nurarihyon: A mysterious Yokai with a huge head who steals food, tobacco and alcohol
  • The Yadokai: A mischievous former monk who wanders at night vandalizing and being a pest
  • The Ohaguru:A scary Yokai with black teeth who looks like a beautiful woman from afar until she gets closer, smiles, and reveals herself
  • And over 100 more!

Yokai expert Kenji Murakami identifies each Yokai, explains the history, where they commonly appear, and their strange powers. The book is illustrated with hundreds of full-color drawings showcasing the fascinating features of these strange creatures. Every monster here, no matter how disgusting, is part of the rich cultural legacy of Japan.

*Recommended for readers ages 14 & up*
Biographical NoteKenji Murakami is a Yokai expert based in Japan. He travels throughout the country researching Yokai traditions. He has published many books on Yokai including the Dictionary of Yokai and the Encyclopedia of Japanese Yokai. He is a member of the World Yokai Association and a facilitator of the Haunted Friends Association.

Zack Davisson is an award-winning translator, writer, and folklorist. He is the author of books like Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan, Yurei: The Japanese Ghost, and Yokai Stories, and the translator of books like Soseki Natsume's I Am a Cat and Shigeru Mizuki's multiple Eisner Award-winning Showa: a History of Japan. In addition, his comic work includes Demon Days: X-Men from Marvel, Wayward from Image, and The Art of Star Wars Visions from Dark Horse. He has lectured on manga, folklore, and translation at numerous colleges and contributed to exhibitions at numerous museums. He currently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife Miyuki, dog Mochi, cat Shere Khan, and several ghosts.