Welcome to Yokai.com, the 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 are 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.

A-Yokai-A-Day 2014

During the month of October, in celebration of Halloween, the A-Yokai-A-Day project will add one new yokai to this site every day. You can see the newest additions to the database on the right of the screen. New yokai have also been added to the alphabetical menus at the top of the screen.