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YOKAI

YO


KAI

妖怪

JAPANESE MONSTERS

When dusk falls — after sunset or before dawn, — the yōkai come out to hunt
[kai] — mystery, wonder, strange
[yo] — mysterious, bewitching, unearthly, weird
In Japanese, the word yokai
is made up
of two kanji

It has
very WIDE
meaning

Yōkai can refer to basically all supernatural beings of Japanese mythology -from evil to good, from oni to kitsune or the snow woman Yuki-onna, -or even borrowed from European culture

The traits of the Japanese yokai

Yōkai can be many different things. The duality of the Yokai is their inherent characteristic

Their bloodlust is juxtaposed with the ability to do good, their vengeful ruthlessness with the ability to bestow wealth and good fortune
Yōkai can have parts of different beings and be like humans but not humans; resemble animals but not animals; and be like animals but not animals

They can also be visible and invisible. They can be a sound, an echo, a fire, a natural phenomenon with an evil will and character
Yōkai are described as having spiritual or supernatural powers: reincarnation (into animals, birds, humans), hypnosis, instantaneous movement, etc.

Reincarnating yōkai are known as bakemono (化け物) or obake (お化け)
All yōkai are first and foremost spiritual, not physical beings. Therefore, they are practically invulnerable to physical attacks, but weak to spiritual attacks, spells, talismans, and so on

However, yokai die sooner or later, and their lifespan is much longer than a human’s
because without it, it will be hard to make it through the world of Japanese monsters
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NOW, TRAVELER
SOME SAKE

Originally, the yōkai served as a kind of tool for explaining everything unusual, from the echo in the mountains to natural disasters. With the emergence of the "encyclopedias of the yokai", they were given their own names and visual images

The amazing world of Japanese evil

In ancient times, the yōkai were born based on the concept of honoring and deifying nature and animals.
Sometimes called the Japanese waterbuck. It lives in bodies of water. It looks like an anthropomorphic frog with a beak. Its main distinguishing feature is a saucer with water on the head. If it dries up - Kappa will die, so he should stay near a body of water.

Loves cucumbers and can walk a long distance to eat them (☆ω☆).
He has the appearance of a man of huge height with a red face, long nose, sometimes with wings. Tengu very often wears the clothes of a mountain hermit yamabushi. He is, in Japanese, a kowamote-type character: both formidable and attractive.

He has tremendous physical strength and the ability to communicate, ventriloquize, and control the wind