Source: Unknown author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Yokai: 6 Bizarrely Specific Demons From Traditional Japanese Folklore 2018-12-12 Wed 2018-12-12 Wed Japanese folklore is a treasure trove of beasts, demons, ghosts and ghoulies. The collective term for these beings is ‘yokai’. Ranging from the terrifying to the adorable, the sheer range is a testament to human creativity. Some of these yokai offer an imaginative, supernatural answer for some of life’s happenings, and sometimes the strangest thing about them is the very specific nature of their activities. Nurikabe Unknown author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons When walking the pathways and backalleys of Japan at night, watch out for nurikabe. Basically a moving wall, these apparitions appear out of nowhere to block random human’s paths. Although said to be invisible, Japanese artists through history have made a few guesses as to what kind of form such a yokai would take. Makuragaeshi View this post on Instagram Benny Yuenさん(@bennyyuen)がシェアした投稿 - 2017年 8月月18日午前3時21分PDT The makuragaeshi is a mischievous spirit who gets his kicks from sneaking into people’s rooms in the dead of night while they’re asleep, and moving their pillow. In some tellings, they simply turn the pillow over, but in others it is claimed they will take the pillow out from under your head and place it all the way at the foot of the bed. How annoying! Akaname Utagawa Yoshikazu (歌川芳員, Japanese) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons This monster licks all the grime and filth off bathtubs and bathrooms. Actually, having a resident akaname sounds quite useful, but it is said the legend of the monster was created to encourage children to keep the bathroom clean. Tenjoname Toriyama Sekien (鳥山石燕) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Bathrooms aren’t the only things that yokai like to lick. Tenjoname (ceiling licker) has a penchant for tonguing your ceiling while you sleep, and he’s most likely to turn up during a cold, dark winter night. His licking can cause a stain on the ceiling which looks like a monster or human face. The appearance of these terrifying stains can cause the onlooker to go mad. Kasa-obake Utagawa Yoshikazu (歌川芳員, Japanese) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Do you own a really old umbrella? If so, after 100 years of it laying around you can look forward to your very own kasa-obake! An umbrella monster who is often depicted with one eye and one foot. There was a belief that as any household item gets older, they gain the ability to become an apparition. The kasa-obake is one of the most popularised of these household item yokai, often appearing in manga, ghost houses and other spooky entertainment. Ashiaraiyashiki Utagawa Kuniteru III [Public domain] Possibly the most specific of all, this yokai takes the form of a gigantic, hairy, dirty foot and it only has one goal. It smashes through your ceiling accompanied by a booming voice demanding that you clean the foot. Do what the yokai says and it will be on its way. Refuse and the stinking foot will go on a rampage, destroying your house. It’s your choice. By - Jess. Tags: Folklore / Ghosts / Horror / Monsters / supernatural / Traditional / Yokai grape Japan Art Yokai: 6 Bizarrely Specific Demons From Traditional Japanese Folklore Related Article Creepy Thomas The Tank Engine Toy Gives Woman The Scare Of A Lifetime BK Japan Has “Ghost Whopper,” Redecorated “Shibuya Ghost Store” with Zombie Staff Japan Blue: An Indigo Dyeing Process That Links You With The Heart Of A Japanese Craftsman[PR] Yokai of Japan: Top 6 Demons and Mythical objects you can find in Chiba Prefecture AI’s attempt to draw a cute Pikachu creates nightmare fuel, shocks Japanese social media Famous Photographer Kishin Shinoyama’s Latest Photo Has Legs!