Tuttle Publishing Strange Japanese Yokai
Tuttle Publishing Strange Japanese Yokai

Strange Japanese Yokai

By Kenji Murakami


Publication Date: May 23, 2023

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Ages 14 to 100, Grades 9 to 12

Since time immemorial, Japan has been inhabited by supernatural creatures, spirits, monsters and demons…Here's your chance to meet them up close and personal!

Strange Japanese Yokai assembles an extraordinary collection of mysterious creatures in every possible shape and size, each with their own unique back story. Some are well-known, others obscure. The one thing they share in common is that they are creepy and weird!

The 122 different Yokai described in this book include:

The Kappa: A dangerous creature who lives in lakes and rivers and attacks passers-byThe Nurarihyon: A mysterious Yokai with a huge head who steals food, tobacco and alcoholThe Yadokai: A mischievous former monk who wanders at night vandalizing and being a pestThe Ohaguru:A scary Yokai with black teeth who looks like a beautiful woman from afar until she gets closer, smiles, and reveals herselfAnd over 100 more!

Yokai expert Kenji Murakami identifies each Yokai, explains the history, where they commonly appear, and their strange powers. The book is illustrated with hundreds of full-color drawings showcasing the fascinating features of these strange creatures. Every monster here, no matter how disgusting, is part of the rich cultural legacy of Japan.

*Recommended for readers ages 14 & up*

About the Author

Kenji Murakami is a Yokai expert based in Japan. He travels throughout the country researching Yokai traditions. He has published many books on Yokai including the Dictionary of Yokai and the Encyclopedia of Japanese Yokai. He is a member of the World Yokai Association and a facilitator of the Haunted Friends Association.

Zack Davisson is an award-winning translator, writer, and folklorist. He is the author of books like Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan, Yurei: The Japanese Ghost, and Yokai Stories, and the translator of books like Soseki Natsume's I Am a Cat and Shigeru Mizuki's multiple Eisner Award-winning Showa: a History of Japan. In addition, his comic work includes Demon Days: X-Men from Marvel, Wayward from Image, and The Art of Star Wars Visions from Dark Horse. He has lectured on manga, folklore, and translation at numerous colleges and contributed to exhibitions at numerous museums. He currently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife Miyuki, dog Mochi, cat Shere Khan, and several ghosts.

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 192 pages

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Publication Date: May 23, 2023

ISBN: 9784805317235

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