Welcome to Yokai.com, an illustrated database of Japanese yokai.
Within these pages you’ll find an ever-growing collection of yokai and yokai legends from all parts of Japan and all periods of Japanese history. Some of them have never appeared in English before, while others will be intimately familiar to fans of Japanese folklore. They have been collected from books, from the internet, and by word of mouth from yokai lovers who remember the tales from their childhoods. The illustrations accompanying each yokai are based on written descriptions or on Edo-period illustrations painted on scrolls hundreds of years ago.
Are you trying to find a specific yokai but you can’t remember its name? A new page has been added to the site, the Yōkai Finder (beta). While not exact, and not exhaustive, it can help you find yokai by various traits, categories, shapes, prefecture, etc., organized in post tags. It should make it much easier to search for the spirits you are looking for, and it is another fun way to browse the site by category. Special thanks to my Patreon backers who made the Yokai Finder possible with their support!
Support Yokai.com with Patreon
A Patreon project to create more yokai has just been launched at patreon.com/osarusan. Throughout the Patreon project, a few new yokai will painted, translated, and uploaded up to yokai.com, free for everyone to read. Backers will get regular yokai updates with new yokai posts and illustrations during this project, exactly like with the past Kickstarters, and like during A-Yokai-A-Day. There are a number of small rewards at the various patron levels, too. To get regular yokai updates, you can sign up at patreon.com/osarusan.
The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits
The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits has been released! It is now available from Amazon.com in paperback and kindle formats. Signed copies are also available at matthewmeyer.net. Follow @matthewmeyerart on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates on the book.
The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits began as a Kickstarter project in 2013, supported by over 400 backers. It contains over 125 full-color illustrated entries in 286 pages detailing the monsters of Japanese folklore and the myths and magic surrounding them. Chapters on the underworld and onmyōdō detail the superstitions of classical Japan and feudal Japan.