UTAGAWA Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), Japan 歌川 国芳

UTAGAWA Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), Japan 歌川 国芳

Hiroshi Yoshida

Hiroshi Yoshida

Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai

Hiroshige

Hiroshige

14 Terrifying Japanese Monsters, Myths and Spirits

14 Terrifying Japanese Monsters, Myths and Spirits

妖怪提灯お化け Yokai Chochin Obake (Lantern Ghost) Yōkai (妖怪?, ghost, phantom, strange…

katsushika hokusai

katsushika hokusai

Carp in a Pond, by Kasamatsu Shirō, 1957

Carp in a Pond, by Kasamatsu Shirō, 1957

Whirlpool and Waves at Naruto, Awa Province, Ando Hiroshige

Whirlpool and Waves at Naruto, Awa Province

Whirlpool and Waves at Naruto, Awa Province, Ando Hiroshige

Rokurokubi are demons found in Japanese folklore. They look like normal human beings by day, but at night they gain the ability to stretch their necks to great lengths. They can also change their faces to those of terrifying oni to better scare mortals.  In their daytime human forms, rokurokubi often live undetected and may even take mortal spouses. Many rokurokubi become so accustomed to such a life that they take great pains to keep their demonic forms secret.

Rokurokubi are demons found in Japanese folklore. They look like normal human beings by day, but at night they gain the ability to stretch their necks to great lengths. They can also change their faces to those of terrifying oni to better scare mortals. In their daytime human forms, rokurokubi often live undetected and may even take mortal spouses. Many rokurokubi become so accustomed to such a life that they take great pains to keep their demonic forms secret.

The Tale of Koheiji by Hokusai. It was based on an actual event, Koheiji was killed by his wife and her lover. As revenge he returns to haunt the couple while they are in bed together inside mosquito netting.

The Tale of Koheiji by Hokusai. It was based on an actual event, Koheiji was killed by his wife and her lover. As revenge he returns to haunt the couple while they are in bed together inside mosquito netting.

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