Yōkai, Obake, and Yūrei: The Rundown on Japanese Creatures

Although you could say that peak ghost season in Japan is in August, due to the Obon festival, Halloween has experienced a surge in popularity in the last decade. With theme parks like Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan holding annual Halloween events since 2000, it has caught on with children and adults alike! Now it’s our turn—in the spirit of cultural exchange, let’s learn a bit about the spooky side of Japanese folklore! Because the Japanese bestiary is so enormous, it would take volumes to do it justice, but here’s a …

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