Noh theatre

  I’ve always wanted to try my hand at a short one-case story in my Onmyouji series, featuring a Noh or Kabuki play, two of Japan’s most well-known traditional theatre forms. Noh originated from the combination of Shinto-related dance and mime, with influences of dance from other parts of Asia. It uses poetic language, monotonous… Continue reading Noh theatre

The Night Parade Chapter 1-2

The rusty old pipe outside my bedroom window creaked dangerously as I inched my way down. Grandfather’s words were still ringing in my ears. I was born the Kanda Onmyouji, and I would die as one. My fate was sealed hours after my birth when my hair turned the red of blood from thousands of… Continue reading The Night Parade Chapter 1-2

Prequel to Onmyouji Chronicles 1-1

Back to my original piece of work. This is my first attempt at writing a short story, and confirmed my suspicions that I'm too long-winded to carry out short stories. It was meant to be a prequel to the Onmyouji Chronicles that I've tentatively named the Night Parade. Those who wonder what that refers to should check… Continue reading Prequel to Onmyouji Chronicles 1-1

The Prologue that Wasn’t

In a brief break from my many notes/stories of various myths, I've dug up an old prologue of my novel. This introduction brought up so many memories - some things have stayed canon-compliant, as it were. Others may change, or I might decide to put them in for later. Anyway, realistically, I couldn't figure out… Continue reading The Prologue that Wasn’t

It’s time to Rokurokubi!

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). Rokurokubi looks completely normal during the day, but at night, during the relaxed state of sleep, she will show her true self. The youkai with the ever-stretching neck. The direct translation of her name… Continue reading It’s time to Rokurokubi!

I’m back with Zashiki

Hello old…blog-friend, it's been too long! *ducks flying fruit* Basically, RL took over and though I never stopped writing (yay me!), my blog did take a bit of a back-burner. I am going to try to be much more diligent with writing and the like, just as a personal sort of resolution. I kind of… Continue reading I’m back with Zashiki

Izuna

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. The Izuna is a small youkai, with soft fur and a tail like the end of a broom. It's born with all… Continue reading Izuna

Let’s have a Night Parade!

The Hyakki Yako  (百鬼夜行), or the Night Parade of One Hundred Monsters, is one of the more well-known Japanese folklore tales, frequently a subject of old paintings like this one: Hyakki Yako is a name given when all kinds of youkai gather together in a group to walk the streets. Of course, anyone who happens… Continue reading Let’s have a Night Parade!