The town of Fukusaki in Hyoga Prefecture, Japan, recently gave its young residents more than a mouthful with a surprise guest at the Tsuji Square Folkore Festival, a local event celebrating the life of esteemed Japanese folklorist and Fukusaki native Kunio Yanagita. The suprise guest in question? A disturbingly realistic mascot character known as "Gajirou" that was shilling for a local delicacy called "Kappa Curry". Hit the jump to share the terror.
Shigeru Mizuki, the creator of Gegege no Kitaro and one of the oldest living active manga artists in Japan, has created the main visual for the 8th Down Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival. Hit the jump to check out his work.
Yokai are supernatural monsters in Japanese folklore and have been often used as motifs in films and comics. Shodoshima Yokai Project held a competition for Yokai-themed original sculptures, and displayed the winners at this summer's Wonder Festival. Check the super-detailed Yokais after the jump.
Here's one way to encourage kids to behave. In a tradition like the European Krampus or even some versions of Santa, north Japan has the Namahage - yokai monsters that travel around on New Year's, banging on pails and threatening to use their carving knives to cut the leg tendons of naughty or lazy children. See them traumatize some youngsters after the jump.
Summer may conjure up scenes of beaches and BBQs, but if you're in Japan you need to watch your back. That’s because summer is the season when yokai and yurei (monsters and ghosts) are most active. We caught up with Matt Alt, co-author of the recently released Yurei Attack! ghost guide for more info that you can peep after this jump!