Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) - Woodblock triptych print, oban tate-e. Orikoshi Masatomo (centre) (played by Bando Hikosaburo IV) is attacked by the ghost of Asakura Togo (played by Ichikawa Kodanji IV), who appears on all three sheets. (Right)

Woodblock triptych print, oban tate-e. Orikoshi Masatomo (centre) (played by Bando Hikosaburo IV) is attacked by the ghost of Asakura Togo (played by Ichikawa Kodanji IV) Sheet Year: 1851 Artist:.

The rivers and lakes of Japan are have long been the haunts of a wide variety of strange creatures of all shapes and sizes. Although many of these have been regulated to the realm of pure folklore and myth, there are others that have transcended beyond mere legend and become thought of as something more cryptozoological in nature. One of the most well known of these is a mysterious, bipedal water dwelling creature known as the Kappa, which has skyrocketed past its origins as local folklore…

Kappa by Yuko Shimizu. This Yokai lives in the ponds and lakes. The Kappa seem to be very mischievous and like to wrestle people underwater.

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Minamoto Yoshitsune fights Benkei on Gojo bridge, with the help of Tengu demons (part of the triptych), ca. by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) - Woodblock triptych print, oban tate-e. Orikoshi Masatomo (centre) (played by Bando Hikosaburo IV) is attacked by the ghost of Asakura Togo (played by Ichikawa Kodanji IV), who appears on all three sheets. (Left)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) - Woodblock triptych print, oban tate-e. Orikoshi Masatomo (centre) (played by Bando Hikosaburo IV) is attacked by the ghost of Asakura Togo (played by Ichikawa Kodanji IV), who appears on all three sheets.

Spider Ghost, Yoshitoshi (36 ghosts) #woodblock #woodcut

Artist: Yoshitoshi Ghosts) Date: ca 1889 Size/Format: Oban, Tate-e x Description: Minamoto no Yorimitsu striking at the ground spider Series: 36 Ghosts Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi

Inspiration

源頼光 対 酒呑童子 Minamoto Yorimitsu and the monster Shuten-doji, 1829 by Katsukawa Shuntei

<化物忠臣蔵 十一段目 :  BAKEMONO CHUSHINGURA>  THE MONSTER’S CHUSHINGURA  KUNIYOSHI UTAGAWA  1798-1861  Last of Edo Period

<化物忠臣蔵 十一段目 : BAKEMONO CHUSHINGURA> THE MONSTER’S CHUSHINGURA KUNIYOSHI UTAGAWA 1798-1861 Last of Edo Period

except-musume:  harakirichamber:  akainu:  (via pogostick)  The Mighty Atom, or Uran?

except-musume: harakirichamber: akainu: (via pogostick) The Mighty Atom, or Uran?

a different way of seeing the story

Little Red Oni Slayer by Devon Cady-Lee. Wonderful Japanese take on Little Red Riding Hood.

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