Awa Tanuki Gassen The Awa Tanuki Gassen (also called the Awa no Tanuki Gassen or the Kinchō Tanuki Gassen) is a Japanese legend that takes place in the Awa Province (now Tokushima Prefecture).
Bancho Sarayashi Banchō Sarayashiki or Bancho Sarayashi, both meaning The Dish Mansion at Banchō is a Japanese ghost story of love separated by social class, broken trust and broken promises, leading t...
Banchō Sarayashiki Banchō Sarayashiki is a Japanese ghost story of love separated by social class, broken trust and broken promises, leading to a dismal fate.
Benkei Musashibō Benkei, popularly called Benkei, was a Japanese warrior monk (sōhei) who served Minamoto no Yoshitsune.
Botan Dōrō Botan Dōrō is a Japanese ghost story (kaidan) that is both romantic and horrific; it is one of the most famous kaidan in Japan.
Bunbuku Chagama Bunbuku Chagama (Japanese: 分福茶釜 or 文福茶釜) is a Japanese folktale about a raccoon dog, or tanuki, that uses its shapeshifting powers to reward its rescuer for his kindness.
Chimimōryō Chimimōryō (魑魅魍魎) is a term referring to monsters of the mountains and monsters of the rivers.
Chōchinbi Chōchinbi is a type of onibi told in legends in each area of Japan.
Chūjō-hime Chūjō-hime (also written Chūjōhime or Chūjō Hime) (753?–781?) was by most accounts a daughter of the court noble Fujiwara no Toyonari who escaped persecution at the hands of her step...
Chūshingura Chūshingura are fictionalized accounts in Japanese literature, theatre, and film that relate the historical incident involving the Forty-seven Ronin and their mission to avenge the death of ...
Daidarabotchi Daidarabotchi was a gigantic yōkai in Japanese mythology.
Daruma doll The Daruma doll, also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism.
Forty-seven Ronin The revenge of the forty-seven Ronin took place in Japan at the start of the 18th century.
Funayūrei Funayūrei are ghosts (yūrei) that have become vengeful spirits (onryō) at sea.
Futakuchi-onna A futakuchi-onna is a type of yōkai or Japanese monster.
Goryō Goryō are vengeful Japanese ghosts, from the aristocratic classes, especially those who have been martyred.
Hanako-san Hanako-san or Toire no Hanako-san (Hanako of the toilet) is a Japanese urban legend about the spirit of a young World War II-era girl who haunts school bathrooms.
Kaidan botan dōrō Kaidan Botan Dōrō is a story inspired by the Chinese influenced kaidan Botan Dōrō.
Kaii-Yōkai Denshō Database The Kaii-Yōkai Denshō Database is a database of yōkai and mystery stories which have been collected from Japanese folklore.
Kaika (yōkai) Kaika is a Japanese legend, similar to onibi, hitodama, will-o'-wisp, etc.
Kamishibai Kamishibai (紙芝居), literally "paper drama", is a form of storytelling that originated in Japanese Buddhist temples in the 12th century, where monks used emakimono (picture scrolls) to convey ...
Kintarō Kintarō is a folk hero from Japanese folklore.
Kirigakure Saizō In the folklore he is one of the Sanada Ten Braves, and next to Sarutobi Sasuke, he is the most recognized of the Ten.
Kitsune no yomeiri A sunshower or sun shower is an unusual meteorological phenomenon in which rain falls while the sun is shining.
Kitsunebi Kitsunebi (狐火) is a kaika told about in legends all across Japan outside Okinawa Prefecture.
Kiyohime According to Japanese folklore, Kiyohime (or just Kiyo) was the daughter (or in some versions, the widow) of a village headman or landlord named Shōji, on the Hidaka riverbank.
Kodoku Kodoku is a type of poisonous magic found in Japanese folklore.
Kokkuri (game) Kokkuri or Kokkuri-san is a Japanese game popular during the Meiji period that is also a form of divination, based partially on Western table-turning.
Konaki-jiji Konaki-jiji (translated into Old man crying) is a Japanese folklore figure, corresponding to the Scandinavian Myling.
Kubikajiri The Kubikajiri is a creature in Japanese folklore which is said to eat the heads of its victims, living or dead.
Kuchisake-onna Kuchisake-onna is a figure appearing in Japanese urban legends.
Kuraokami Kuraokami, Okami, or Okami no kami is a legendary Japanese dragon and Shinto deity of rain and snow.
Kuzunoha Kuzunoha, also written Kuzu-no-Ha, is the name of a popular kitsune character in Japanese folklore.
Maneki Neko The Maneki-neko is a common Japanese figurine, usually made of ceramic, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner.
Maneki-neko The maneki-neko is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman), usually made of ceramic in modern times, which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner.
Menreiki Menreiki is a type of yōkai in Japanese folklore, composed of Gigaku masks.
Mikoshi-nyūdō Miage-nyūdō, also called Mikoshi-nyūdō, is a kind of yōkai, a Japanese mythological creature.
Minamoto no Yorimitsu Also known as Minamoto no Raikō, served the regents of the Fujiwara clan along with his brother Yorinobu, taking the violent measures the Fujiwara were themselves unable to take.
Misaki Misaki are a collective term for spirit-like existences in Japan like gods, demons, and spirits, among other divine spirits.
Misanga Misanga is an international good luck charm made from knotted embroidery floss, thread or gimp.
Miyata Noboru Miyata Noboru was a Japanese folklorist, and a close collaborator and friend of the historian Amino Yoshihiko.
Mizuchi Mizuchi is a name for a Japanese dragon or legendary serpent-like creature, which is aquatic or somehow related to water.
Momotarō Momotarō is a popular hero from Japanese folklore.
My Lord Bag of Rice My Lord Bag of Rice or Japanese Tawara Tōda is a fairy tale about a hero who kills the giant centipede Seta to help a Japanese dragon princess, and is rewarded in her underwater Ryūgū-jō 龍...
Namahage Namahage in traditional Japanese folklore is a demonlike being, portrayed by men wearing oversized ogre masks and traditional straw capes during a New Year's ritual of the Oga Peninsula area of ...
Nezumi Kozō Nezumi Kozō is the nickname of Nakamura Jirokichi, a Japanese thief and folk hero who lived in Edo (present-day Tokyo) during the Edo period.
Nine-tailed fox In several Asian cultures, including China, Korea and Japan, the nine-tailed fox is a creature that appears in many stories.
Okiagari-koboshi Okiagari-koboshi or Okiagari-kobōshi is a Japanese traditional doll.
Oni (folklore) Oni are creatures from Japanese folklore, variously translated as demons, devils, ogres or trolls.
Onibaba (folklore) Onibaba is an Oni from Japanese folklore that has the appearance of an old woman but is a yōkai that feasts on humans.
Onibi Hitodama are believed in Japanese folklore to be the souls of the newly dead taking form as mysterious fiery apparitions.
Onihitokuchi Onihitokuchi (鬼一口) are oni from Japanese setsuwa that have one eye and eat and kill humans.
Onmyōdō Onmyōdō is a traditional Japanese esoteric cosmology, a mixture of natural science and occultism.
Onryō Onryō (怨霊) are mythological spirits from Japanese folklore who are able to return to the physical world in order to seek vengeance for their past lives.
Orochimaru Orochimaru (大蛇丸), featured in the Japanese folktale Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari, is the arch-enemy of the ninja Jiraiya.
Otogizōshi Otogizōshi refers to a group of approximately 350 Japanese prose narratives written primarily in the Muromachi period.
Saigō Takamori Saigō Takamori (Takanaga) was one of the most influential samurai in Japanese history, living during the late Edo Period and early Meiji Era.
Saitō Musashibō Benkei Saitō Musashibō Benkei, popularly called Benkei, was a Japanese warrior monk who served Minamoto no Yoshitsune.
Sarutobi Sasuke Sarutobi Sasuke is a fictional ninja who appears in kōdan narrative art and fictional writings.
Senji Ryakketsu Senji Ryakketsu is one of the texts written by the legendary Abe no Seimei during the Heian Period in Japan.
Senju Thermal Power Station The Senju Thermal Power Station (千住火力発電所) was a power plant in Tokyo that existed on the banks of the Sumida River from 1926-1963.
Shichinin misaki The Shichinin misaki (七人ミサキ or 七人みさき), which means "7-person misaki," are a group of ghosts first known in Kochi Prefecture, told about in the Shikoku and Chūgoku regions.
Shidaidaka Shidaidaka (次第高) are a yōkai of the Chūgoku region.
Shirime Shirime is a strange yōkai with an eye in the place of his anus.
Tomoe Gozen Tomoe Gozen (1157?–1247), pronounced was a late twelfth-century female samurai warrior (onna bugeisha), known for her bravery and strength.
Tsukumogami Understood by many Western scholars as a type of Japanese yōkai, the Tsukumogami was a concept popular in Japanese folklore as far back as the tenth century, used in the spread of Shingon Buddhism.
Ubume Ubume, a Japanese yōkai, appears in folk stories and literature as an old woman or Crone, with a child in her arms, imploring the passerby to hold her infant, only to then disappear.
Uchide no kozuchi Uchide-no-Kozuchi (打ち出の小槌) is a legendary Japanese hammer, and translates as "Small Magic Hammer" or "Miracle Mallet" (in some video games its name has been localized in English as "...
Ugetsu Monogatari Tales of Moonlight and Rain is a collection of nine independent stories, written by Ueda Akinari, first published in 1776, adapted from Chinese ghost stories.
Urashima Tarō Urashima Tarō is a Japanese legend about a fisherman who rescues a turtle and is rewarded for this with a visit to Ryūgū-jō, the palace of Ryūjin, the Dragon God, under the sea.
Wani (dragon) Wani was a dragon or sea monster in Japanese mythology.
Wanyūdō Wanyūdō (Japanese: 輪入道 literally "wheel (輪) monk (入道)") is a figure in Japanese mythology, a relatively well-known yōkai in the folklore of Japan.
Yako (fox) Yako (野狐) is a spirit possession of foxes (kitsune), as told in Kyushu.
Yamata no Orochi Yamata no Orochi or Orochi, translated as the Eight-Forked Serpent in English, is a legendary 8-headed and 8-tailed Japanese dragon that was slain by the Shinto storm-god...