Pdf ebook: The Book of Yokai

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Summary: Monsters, ghosts, fantastic beings, and supernatural phenomena of all sorts haunt the folklore and popular culture of Japan. Broadly labeled yokai, these c

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  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520959124
  • Genre: History
  • Number of Pages: 336
  • Language: English
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Description: Monsters, ghosts, fantastic beings, and supernatural phenomena of all sorts haunt the folklore and popular culture of Japan. Broadly labeled yokai, these creatures come in infinite shapes and sizes, from tengu mountain goblins and kappa water spirits to shape-shifting foxes and long-tongued ceiling-lickers. Currently popular in anime, manga, film, and computer games, many yokai originated in local legends, folktales, and regional ghost stories. Drawing on years of research in Japan, Michael Dylan Foster unpacks the history and cultural context of yokai, tracing their roots, interpreting their meanings, and introducing people who have hunted them through the ages. In this delightful and accessible narrative, readers will explore the roles played by these mysterious beings within Japanese culture and will also learn of their abundance and variety through detailed entries, some with original illustrations, on more than fifty individual creatures. The Book of Yokai provides a lively excursion into Japanese folklore and its ever-expanding influence on global popular culture. It also invites readers to examine how people create, transmit, and collect folklore, and how they make sense of the mysteries in the world around them. By exploring yokai as a concept, we can better understand broader processes of tradition, innovation, storytelling, and individual and communal creativity.


Pdf ebook: Pandemonium and Parade

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Summary: Water sprites, mountain goblins, shape-shifting animals, and the monsters known as yôkai have long haunted the Japanese cultural landscape. This history o

  • Author : Michael Dylan Foster
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520942677
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Number of Pages: 312
  • Language: English
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Description: Water sprites, mountain goblins, shape-shifting animals, and the monsters known as yôkai have long haunted the Japanese cultural landscape. This history of the strange and mysterious in Japan seeks out these creatures in folklore, encyclopedias, literature, art, science, games, manga, magazines, and movies, exploring their meanings in the Japanese cultural imagination and offering an abundance of valuable and, until now, understudied material. Michael Dylan Foster tracks yôkai over three centuries, from their appearance in seventeenth-century natural histories to their starring role in twentieth-century popular media. Focusing on the intertwining of belief and commodification, fear and pleasure, horror and humor, he illuminates different conceptions of the "natural" and the "ordinary" and sheds light on broader social and historical paradigms—and ultimately on the construction of Japan as a nation.


Pdf ebook: Japandemonium Illustrated

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Summary: First English publication of all four of Sekien's masterworks: The Illustrated Demons' Night Parade, More Illustrated Demons from Past and Present, Even Mo

  • Author : Toriyama Sekien
  • Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
  • ISBN: 0486818756
  • Genre: Art
  • Number of Pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Views: 955
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Description: First English publication of all four of Sekien's masterworks: The Illustrated Demons' Night Parade, More Illustrated Demons from Past and Present, Even More Demons from Past and Present, and An Idle Horde of Things.


Pdf ebook: Onibi: Diary of a Yokai Ghost Hunter

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Summary: *Winner Japan International Manga Award* *Honorable Mention for 2018 Freeman Book Awards for Children's and Young Adult's Literature on East and Southeast

  • Author : Cecile Brun,Olivier Pichard
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • ISBN: 1462920284
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 128
  • Language: English
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Description: *Winner Japan International Manga Award* *Honorable Mention for 2018 Freeman Book Awards for Children's and Young Adult's Literature on East and Southeast Asia* *Short-listed for the 2019 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids' Comics* Part fantasy, part travelogue—this graphic novel transports readers to the intersection of the natural and supernatural worlds. Onibi: Diary of a Yokai Ghost Hunter follows the adventures of two young foreigners as they travel to a remote and mysterious corner of Japan. Along the way, they purchase an old camera that has the unique ability to capture images of Japan's invisible spirit world. Armed with their magical camera, they explore the countryside and meet people who tell them about the forgotten ghosts, ghouls and demons who lie in wait ready to play tricks on them. These Yokai, or supernatural beings, are sometimes kind, sometimes mischievous, and sometimes downright dangerous! Readers young and old will enjoy following along on this journey of mystery and discovery. The comic book format will appeal to anime and manga fans, while introducing the ancient spirit world that is such an important part of Japanese culture. With the help of Atelier Sento's gorgeous watercolor and colored pencil artwork, you can't help but feel immersed in this fantasy.


Pdf ebook: Yokai Stories

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Summary: Bookworm Akira has read about the conniving ways of Yokai, but when he trips over one along a forest path, he decides to help the creature back to its murk

  • Author : Zack Davisson
  • Publisher: Chin Music Press
  • ISBN: 1634059158
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 64
  • Language: English
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Description: Bookworm Akira has read about the conniving ways of Yokai, but when he trips over one along a forest path, he decides to help the creature back to its murky water home. A challenge ensues involving Akira’s beloved grandmother, a pizza-producing hammer, and a crunchy cucumber. Haunting illustrations of the Yokai accompany 17 original stories.


Pdf ebook: Japanese Demon Lore

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Summary: Oni, ubiquitous supernatural figures in Japanese literature, lore, art, and religion, usually appear as demons or ogres. Characteristically threatening, mo

  • Author : Noriko T. Reider
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • ISBN: 0874217946
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Number of Pages: 241
  • Language: English
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Description: Oni, ubiquitous supernatural figures in Japanese literature, lore, art, and religion, usually appear as demons or ogres. Characteristically threatening, monstrous creatures with ugly features and fearful habits, including cannibalism, they also can be harbingers of prosperity, beautiful and sexual, and especially in modern contexts, even cute and lovable. There has been much ambiguity in their character and identity over their long history. Usually male, their female manifestations convey distinctivly gendered social and cultural meanings. Oni appear frequently in various arts and media, from Noh theater and picture scrolls to modern fiction and political propaganda, They remain common figures in popular Japanese anime, manga, and film and are becoming embedded in American and international popular culture through such media. Noriko Reiderýs book is the first in English devoted to oni. Reider fully examines their cultural history, multifaceted roles, and complex significance as "others" to the Japanese.


Pdf ebook: The Folkloresque

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Summary: This volume introduces a new concept to explore the dynamic relationship between folklore and popular culture: the “folkloresque.” With “folkloresque

  • Author : Michael Dylan Foster,Jeffrey A. Tolbert
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • ISBN: 1607324180
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Number of Pages: 272
  • Language: English
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Description: This volume introduces a new concept to explore the dynamic relationship between folklore and popular culture: the “folkloresque.” With “folkloresque,” Foster and Tolbert name the product created when popular culture appropriates or reinvents folkloric themes, characters, and images. Such manufactured tropes are traditionally considered outside the purview of academic folklore study, but the folkloresque offers a frame for understanding them that is grounded in the discourse and theory of the discipline. Fantasy fiction, comic books, anime, video games, literature, professional storytelling and comedy, and even popular science writing all commonly incorporate elements from tradition or draw on basic folklore genres to inform their structure. Through three primary modes—integration, portrayal, and parody—the collection offers a set of heuristic tools for analysis of how folklore is increasingly used in these commercial and mass-market contexts. The Folkloresque challenges disciplinary and genre boundaries; suggests productive new approaches for interpreting folklore, popular culture, literature, film, and contemporary media; and encourages a rethinking of traditional works and older interpretive paradigms. Contributors: Trevor J. Blank, Chad Buterbaugh, Bill Ellis, Timothy H. Evans, Michael Dylan Foster, Carlea Holl-Jensen, Greg Kelley, Paul Manning, Daniel Peretti, Gregory Schrempp, Jeffrey A. Tolbert


Pdf ebook: Haunted Japan

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Summary: A delightfully creepy telling of Japanese ghost stories. Japanese folklore is abundant with tales of ghostly creatures and the supernatural. In Haunted Jap

  • Author : Catrien Ross
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • ISBN: 1462921337
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Number of Pages: 192
  • Language: English
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Description: A delightfully creepy telling of Japanese ghost stories. Japanese folklore is abundant with tales of ghostly creatures and the supernatural. In Haunted Japan, author Catrien Ross reveals the legends that have been passed down for generations and continue to terrify us today. To research this book on the country's ghosts, demons and paranormal phenomena, Ross collected accounts from across Japan including: Sacred Mount Osore, a Japanese gateway to the land of the dead, where people gather to contact those who have passed on The Tokyo grave of the samurai Taira no Masakado, where passersby regularly witnessed his ghost until prayers finally laid him to rest The mummified remains of the monk Tetsumonkai at the Churenji Temple on Mount Yudono—a place where bizarre happenings are common The ruins of Hachioji Castle in Tokyo, which was abandoned for many years because of its many hauntings The result is an unparalleled insight into the dark corners of the Japanese psyche—a world filled with horrifying creatures including Oni (demons with fierce and ghastly appearances), Yurei (Japanese ghosts who inhabit the world of the living), and Yokai (supernatural monsters). The book also includes several traditional Japanese legends, concluding with two of the most famous ghost stories—that of the wronged wife Oiwa and the tale of the Peony Lantern. This book is richly illustrated with 32 pages of full-color prints of frightening ghosts and legendary creatures from Japan's shadowy past. Haunted Japan is the ideal book for anyone interested in exploring the darker side of Japanese history.


Pdf ebook: In Ghostly Japan

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Summary: Originally published in 1899, this work is a collection of writings by the American author Lafcadio Hearn. Hearn was a scholar of Japanese culture and soci

  • Author : Lafcadio Hearn
  • Publisher: Read Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 1473398959
  • Genre: History
  • Number of Pages: 172
  • Language: English
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Description: Originally published in 1899, this work is a collection of writings by the American author Lafcadio Hearn. Hearn was a scholar of Japanese culture and society, and this book is a collection of essays, observations, and short stories on the darker side of the country. It is beautifully written and a fascinating read for anyone with an interest in philosophical musings inspired by the intriguing culture of Japan. We are also republishing this work with a brand new introductory biography of the author.


Pdf ebook: Manga Yokai Stories

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Summary: This thrilling collection of seven Japanese ghost stories will captivate lovers of yokai stories! These classic Japanese ghost stories are based on those w

  • Author : Lafcadio Hearn
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • ISBN: 1462922015
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Number of Pages: 128
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1904
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Description: This thrilling collection of seven Japanese ghost stories will captivate lovers of yokai stories! These classic Japanese ghost stories are based on those written by famed author Lafcadio Hearn between 1890 and 1904. Here, they are retold by award-winning comic book writer Sean Michael Wilson, who has garnered a worldwide fan base for his manga adaptations of works of Japanese literature, including such classics as The Book of Five Rings and The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts. Manga Yokai Stories includes: Nuke-kubi: A masterless samurai is trapped in a house haunted by headless goblins The Screen Maiden: A young man develops an obsession with a woman in a painting that almost kills him Corpse Rider: A woman's unburied corpse cannot rest until she has taken her revenge on the man who divorced her A Dead Secret: A young mother terrifies her family when she returns as a ghost, unable to find peace until she puts to rest a shocking secret she has left behind Wilson's skillful adaptation of Hearn's ghostly tales—along with superb manga illustrations from UK-based Japanese artist Inko Ai Takita—make these fascinating stories come to life. This book is in traditional Japanese reading order—from back to front—so that fans and manga lovers can enjoy an authentic reading experience.


Pdf ebook: Natsume's Book of Friends

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Summary: Even though Natsume is getting better at dealing with yokai, he still tries to stay uninvolved. But when he runs into a yokai with his head stuck in a jar,

  • Author : Yuki Midorikawa
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN: 1421596318
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Number of Pages: 191
  • Language: English
  • Views: 417
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Description: Even though Natsume is getting better at dealing with yokai, he still tries to stay uninvolved. But when he runs into a yokai with his head stuck in a jar, Natsume can’t leave him to suffer. But the yokai’s idea of a gift of gratitude turns Natsume into a little kid with no memories of his current life! -- VIZ Media


Pdf ebook: Godzilla on My Mind

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Summary: This year, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of his first appearance on the screen, the original, uncut version of Godzilla was released in American theater

  • Author : William M. Tsutsui
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 113705557X
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Language: English
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Description: This year, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of his first appearance on the screen, the original, uncut version of Godzilla was released in American theaters to the delight of Sci-Fi and B-Movie fans everywhere. Ever since Godzilla (or, Gojira, as he is known in Japan) crawled out of his radioactive birthplace to cut a swath of destruction through Tokyo, he has claimed a place alongside King Kong and others in the movie monster pantheon. He is the third most recognizable Japanese celebrity in the United States, and his fan base continues to grow as children today prove his enduring appeal. Now, Bill Tsutsui, a life-long fan and historian, takes a light-hearted look at the big, green, radioactive lizard, revealing how he was born and how he became a megastar. With humorous anecdotes, Godzilla on My Mind explores his lasting cultural impact on the world. This book is sure to be welcomed by pop culture enthusiasts, fans, and historians alike.


Pdf ebook: Natsume’s Book of Friends, Vol. 3

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Summary: Takashi is busy returning the names his grandmother trapped in her book and helping the local yokai with their problems. But he has to put his good deeds o

  • Author : Yuki Midorikawa
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN: 1421544075
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Number of Pages: 193
  • Language: English
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Description: Takashi is busy returning the names his grandmother trapped in her book and helping the local yokai with their problems. But he has to put his good deeds on hold when a black Nyanko Sensei look-alike snatches the Book of Friends! Takashi and the real Nyanko trail the bad cat to a secret yokai meeting. Will they be in time to stop the impostor's wicked plans?! -- VIZ Media


Pdf ebook: Natsume's Book of Friends

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Summary: Takashi rescues a young boy named Kai from an abandoned house, where he had been locked in a box. But this isn't just a case of bullying gone too far. Kai

  • Author : Yuki Midorikawa
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN: 1421544156
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Number of Pages: 193
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1128
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Description: Takashi rescues a young boy named Kai from an abandoned house, where he had been locked in a box. But this isn't just a case of bullying gone too far. Kai has been complaining about being chased by ghosts. Does he see yokai too, or is there something darker going on? -- VIZ Media


Pdf ebook: Natsume’s Book of Friends, Vol. 24

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Summary: Tôru Taki can sense but not see yokai. Her gift is a mixed blessing that once got her cursed. Natsume was able to lift the curse, but Taki is still isolat

  • Author : Yuki Midorikawa
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN: 1974720195
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Number of Pages: 190
  • Language: English
  • Views: 691
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Description: Tôru Taki can sense but not see yokai. Her gift is a mixed blessing that once got her cursed. Natsume was able to lift the curse, but Taki is still isolated from others. Natsume wants to be happy for her when her brother suddenly returns home from college, but there’s something very odd about him. Is Taki’s family just weird, or should Natsume be worried for her safety? -- VIZ Media


Pdf ebook: Japanese Legends and Folklore

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Summary: Japanese Legends and Folklore invites English speakers into the intriguing world of Japanese folktales, ghost stories and historical eyewitness accounts. W

  • Author : A.B. Mitford
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • ISBN: 1462920713
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Number of Pages: 320
  • Language: English
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Description: Japanese Legends and Folklore invites English speakers into the intriguing world of Japanese folktales, ghost stories and historical eyewitness accounts. With a fascinating selection of stories about Japanese culture and history, A.B. Mitford—who lived and worked in Japan as a British diplomat—presents a broad cross section of tales from many Japanese sources. Discover more about practically every aspect of Japanese life—from myths and legends to society and religion. This book features 30 fascinating Japanese stories, including: The Forty-Seven Ronin—the famous, epic tale of a loyal band of Samurai warriors who pay the ultimate price for avenging the honor of their fallen master. The Tongue-Cut Sparrow—a good-hearted old man is richly rewarded when he begs forgiveness from a sparrow who is injured by his spiteful, greedy wife. The Adventures of Little Peach Boy—a tale familiar to generations of Japanese children, a small boy born from a peach is adopted by a kindly childless couple. Japanese Sermons—a selection of sermons written by a priest belonging to the Shingaku sect, which combines Buddhist, Shinto and Confucian teachings. An Account of Hara-Kiri—Mitford's dramatic first person account of a ritual Samurai suicide, the first time it had been reported in English. Thirty-one reproductions of woodblock prints bring the classic tales and essays to life. These influential stories helped shape the West's understanding of Japanese culture. A new foreword by Professor Michael Dylan Foster sheds light on the book's importance as a groundbreaking work of Japanese folklore, literature and history.


Pdf ebook: Natsume's Book of Friends

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Summary: !--StartFragment--Nyanko Sensei is recovering after being wounded in the last yokai incident, so Takashi is on his own when he accidentally releases a yoka

  • Author : Yuki Midorikawa
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN: 1421544210
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Number of Pages: 191
  • Language: English
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Description: !--StartFragment--Nyanko Sensei is recovering after being wounded in the last yokai incident, so Takashi is on his own when he accidentally releases a yokai right before the school festival. With new friends and his ever-strengthening relationship with the Fujiwaras, Takashi has more reasons than ever to keep the supernatural at bay. But does he stand a chance without Nyanko Sensei's power to back him up?!--EndFragment-- -- VIZ Media


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Summary: Takashi rescues a young boy named Kai from an abandoned house, where he had been locked in a box. But this isn't just a case of bullying gone too far. Kai

  • Author : Yuki Midorikawa
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN: 1421544156
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Number of Pages: 193
  • Language: English
  • Views: 827
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Description: Takashi rescues a young boy named Kai from an abandoned house, where he had been locked in a box. But this isn't just a case of bullying gone too far. Kai has been complaining about being chased by ghosts. Does he see yokai too, or is there something darker going on? -- VIZ Media


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Summary: !--StartFragment--Someone is attacking yokai and stealing their blood, and Takashi is dismayed to discover that the assailant is human! The more he investi

  • Author : Yuki Midorikawa
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN: 1421544180
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Number of Pages: 193
  • Language: English
  • Views: 317
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Description: !--StartFragment--Someone is attacking yokai and stealing their blood, and Takashi is dismayed to discover that the assailant is human! The more he investigates the attacks, the more danger he finds himself in as he digs deeper into the occult world of the exorcists. Someone is planning something horrible, and even the help of Natori—actor and exorcist extraordinaire—might not be enough to save the yokai...or Takashi!!--EndFragment-- -- VIZ Media


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Summary: Natsume learns that no good deed goes unpunished when an irate yokai accuses him of stealing her ring when she came to the Fujiwara house to get her name r

  • Author : Yuki Midorikawa
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN: 1421544229
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Number of Pages: 191
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1061
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Description: Natsume learns that no good deed goes unpunished when an irate yokai accuses him of stealing her ring when she came to the Fujiwara house to get her name returned. Natsume thinks he knows where the ring has disappeared to, but can he find it in time, or will the place he’s come to think of as home be destroyed by the vengeful yokai?! -- VIZ Media