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”
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).
The two of us managed to hulk her not-exactly-lightweight husband out the door.
She put a facemask and a long trench coat on him so no one would recognize him in this state, sparing him some dignity, and between the two of us, we managed to get him out of the building complex.
Then there was a problem.
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:
The Tengu is a fascinating creature, neither black nor white, it seems to permanently reside in the area of grey (pun not intended).