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The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore by Michael Dylan Foster

A lively excursion into Japanese folklore and its ever-expanding influence on global popular culture through the concept of yokai.


Monsters, ghosts, fantastic beings, and supernatural phenomena of all sorts haunt the folklore and popular culture of Japan. Broadly labeled yokai, these creatures come in infinite shapes and sizes, from tengu mountain goblins and kappa water spirits to shape-shifting foxes and long-tongued ceiling-lickers. Currently popular in anime, manga, film, and computer games, many yokai originated in local legends, folktales, and regional ghost stories.



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