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Nekomata

Nekomata

Nekomata The Nekomata (猫股 – Forked Cat) is a type of Yōkai in the form of a cat, depicted in the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō and Hyakkai Zukan. According to the legend, when a cat reaches a certain age it gains the ability to talk, walk on hind legs and its tail[...]

Kodama

Kodama

Kodama Kodama (木魅, Tree-Spirit) is a type of Yōkai, which dwell in trees. Toriyama Sekien states in his work Gazu Hyakki Yagyō that: It is said that ancient trees have kami that reveal themselves. 百年の樹には神ありてかたちをあらはすといふ. Sekien’s depicts these beings as an elderly couple carrying rakes and brooms, living in an[...]

Kitsunebi

Kitsunebi

Kitsunebi The Kitsunebi (狐火) (Fire-Fox) is a type of Yōkai said to have visited the Ōji Inari Shrine on the last day of the year. Foxes normally shapeshift by placing a human bone between their teeth. Once there they would exhale fire from their nose and mouths, people watching this[...]

Kawauso

Kawauso

Kawauso The Kawauso (獺, River Otter) is a type of Japanese Yōkai depicting by Toriyama Sekien in the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō. This creature is known to be a trickster and shapeshifter, able to take on human form, especially that of a beautiful woman who would try to bewitch unwary travellers.[...]

Kappa

Kappa

Kappa The Kappa (河童), also noted by Toriyama Sekien as being called the Kawatarō and Kawa-warawa is a type of Japanese Yōkai depicted in the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō. They are distinctive as frog-type men, with tortoise shell backs and a water-filled depression on the top of their heads. Spilling the[...]

Kamaitachi

Kamaitachi

Kamaitachi The Kamaitachi (窮奇) (Sickle-Weasel) is a type of Yōkai involving a mysterious phenomenon where a sudden whirlwind will nip at your skin. The creature depicted by Toriyama Sekien in the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō uses the Chinese Characters for a different creature called the Kyūki. One Chinese text called the[...]

Inugami

Inugami

Inugami and Shirachigo The Inugami (犬神, Dog kami) is a type of Yōkai depicted in the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō alongside the creature Shirachigo (白児, White Child). The Inugami is also seen in the Hyakkai Zukan. The Inugami has associations with Western Japan and the island of Shikoku, here venerated as[...]

Akaname

Akaname

Akaname The Akaname (垢嘗) (Filth Licker) is a type of Yōkai depicted in the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō. Noted to have red skin as the word ”aka” for filth is also the word for red. Additionally, it is the colour one is when getting out of a hot bathtub. The creatures[...]

Amikiri

Amikiri

Amikiri The Amikiri (網剪) (Net-Cutter) is a type of Yōkai, with the ”Ami” part of its name meaning both net and being a type of shrimp-like crustacean. The creature depicted by Toriyama Sekien in the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō appears to have a preference to cutting mosquito-netting.1 External Links View the[...]

Toriyama Sekien

Toriyama Sekien

Birth: 1712 Death: 1788 Period: Edo Period Occupation: Artist Toriyama Sekien Toriyama Sekien (鳥山 石燕) was born 1712 and died 1788. Most notably known for his four compendiums on the Yōkai he was the first person to systematically categorise them. He was born Sano Toyofusa and was part of the[...]