Meet the spirits, demons, and ghosts of Japan

Yokai, oni, and everything in between

Stars Insider

06/04/22 | StarsInsider


Japan has one of the most expansive and colorful folklore canons in the world. Hundreds of spirits of all shapes, sizes, and demeanors are thought to coexist with humans in the cities, mountains, trees, and waters of Japan. These creatures are known as yokai, which translates to "strange apparition." Some of them are fearsome, some seductive, and others are simply mischievous. Together, they make up a fascinating spirit world that is intertwined with ours.

Intrigued? Read on to learn more about Japan's strangest spirits.

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