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    Yokai - Japan's Supernatural Folktale Creatures All about Japan's hidden world of magical ghosts, ghouls, goblins, fairies, elves, and more

    Yokai. You've probably heard the name in a certain Watch-related anime, not to mention InuYasha and the classic GeGeGe No Kitaro. Heck, if you're a fan of Japanese stories at all, you've definitely heard of yokai, whether that specific term met your ears or not.

    Yōkai 妖怪ようかい is Japan's catch-all term for supernatural beings and folktale creatures. Ghosts, goblins, fairies, and whatever else you can think of fall into this category. And the broadness of this category is what makes it so much fun. Yokai can be anything from long-nosed demigods with the power to destroy entire villages to aquatic lizard men with a thing for buttholes and cucumbers.

    That's what this series is all about: diving deep into the history and lore of yokai, uncovering the stories that made the creatures we know today. Our in-depth articles make learning about yokai easy.

    Here are a few things you'll learn in this series:

    So get reading. Your first steps to yokai expertise are sitting right in front of you. Or maybe…THEY'RE BEHIND YOU!

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