Jizo is a guardian deity of children.
JAPANESE GHOSTS!! Everything You Want to Know Explained by Zack Davisson
Ghost stories have been big in Japan for about as long as there’s been Japanese literature. When they were first written down in the Heian period, at the same time as the classic Tale of Genji, there were enough to fill a 33-volume collection. When the first printing press appeared in Japan around 1600, ghost stories were among the best-sellers.
But when it comes to writing about these stories, oddly, a Westerner has dominated this arena. If you go to a Japanese bookstore and ask for a book about ghosts, they’ll hand you the work of Lafcadio Hearn, renowned as the first major interpreter of Japan to the West after it opened to the outside world in the nineteenth century, and author of books including Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things and In Ghostly Japan.
Today, a modern day Lafcadio Hearn is picking up this ghostly torch. Zack Davisson is the author, translator, and folklorist following in Hearn’s footsteps. His book, Yūrei: The Japanese Ghost, is coming out in October. Tofugu got the chance to sit down with him and discuss Japanese ghosts, translation, and working for the godfather of horror manga, Mizuki Shigeru.
Read the full interview here.
pre-order Yurei: The Japanese Ghost on Amazon here
cant sleep so have a tsuchinoko
marisa’s good at picking pets
Some Japanese monster stuff I haven’t posted anywhere.
hahah theyre cute but they might eat ur soul 3 ((based on kuchisake-onna and futakuchi-onna))
I Saw a Ghost
gouache on paper
14” x 12”
Cats with two tails are a kind of monsters called “nekomata” in Japanese ghost stories.
Day 7 of the Kaiju Challenge: Yokai
Dopey Showa-ish Kappa Kaiju? Dopey Showa-ish Kappa Kaiju.