The Japanese Yokai Handbook


A Guide to the Spookiest Ghosts, Demons, Monsters and Evil Creatures from Japanese Folklore
by Kinoshita, Masami | Criticism/Poetry/Drama; Children’s; Children’s non-fiction
Published 14/11/2023 by Tuttle Publishing in the United States
Paperback | 176 pages, over 175 full-colour illustrations

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This book is your ultimate guide to Japan’s scariest creatures!

Yokai come in every imaginable shape and form—from frightening ghosts and cruel demons to cute fairies and enchanted animals. They can be evil monsters, harmless tricksters or prophets of doom, depending on their inclination.

This book profiles 100 of the most fascinating Yokai, including:

  • Tengu: A powerful Yokai that often takes human form with wings and a large nose who lives in mountains and forests
  • Kappa: A deadly Yokai that lives near rivers and drags passersby into the water to drown
  • Peroritaro: A grotesque Yokai that looks like blubbering child and has an appetite for greedy children
  • Baku: A monstrous Yokai with an elephant’s head, a bear’s body, a rhino’s eyes, an ox’s tail and a tiger’s legs that aids humans by devouring their nightmares
  • And many more!

Yokai expert Masami Kinoshita has been documenting Yokai in folklore, and in real life, for many years. This book presents her most interesting findings and has over 175 full-color illustrations that vividly depict the appearances of these weird creatures. No matter their origins, each Yokai has a strange and wonderful story that is sure to amaze you!