Myths and folklore are littered with ‘villains’ in the form of an old woman. Think Baba Yaga, and virtually every old witch in the fairytales. In Japan, there is the infamous onibaba (鬼婆) from which noh plays and films have draw inspiration.
Today’s topic is the jorougumo (女郎蜘蛛) or lady spider, as I like to call it. A spider creature that can change into a woman. Continue reading “Jorougumo”
I’m terrible at updating, I know. It’s just so easy for RL to get in the way and procrastinating and writing practically go hand-in-hand…
This time it’s about the mouryou, mainly because I like the way the Chinese characters look: 魍魎.
So pretty yet so hard to write.
Kappas, although they’re thought to be only the size of a child, evidently enjoy exhibiting their strength in the form of sumo wrestling, and often challenge people to matches. if they win, it’s a safe bet the losers are dragged into the water, but if the kappa is the one who loses, they will keep on challenging until they win. Continue reading “Kappas! Part 2”
I’ve been procrastinating with this one for a while, but here it is: kappa (河童)
One of the more well-known youkai in Japanese folklore, and not just because of the sushi kappa rolls (which I’m suddenly craving). A water demon most famously linked with rivers, its also been known to harbour in ponds, lakes, and even the sea.
‘Lo all, been a bit lazy about posting again, but with the month of Halloween to spur me on, here’s to much and more ghostly ghouls!
Mermaids also have their part among Japanese folklore, but not quite the same way they’re featured among Western audiences, with the singing and drowning sailors etc.
One of the more popular stories featuring an onryo, is the story of Okiku and the Nine Plates. Continue reading “Okiku”
Here’s a topic we’ve all probably heard in one form or another: Yurei (幽靈) or simply, a spirit or ghost.
Here’s a youkai that you might have seen, it’s something of a classic. The long-necked woman, also known as Rokurokubi (轆轤首).
Izuna (飯綱) also goes by the name of kuda-kitsune (管狐). It can be said the two are the same, yet have some small more distinctive qualities and legends about them that make them a little different.