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!