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.

Kickstarter & A-Yokai-A-Day

In October 2013, the Kickstarter crowdfunding project reached over 900% of its funding goal. The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits, Matthew Meyer’s 2nd illustrated yokai encyclopedia will be published in 2014!

During the October A-Yokai-A-Day project in celebration of Halloween, a new yokai was added to this website each day for the entire month of October! New yokai have been added to the alphabetical menus at the top of the screen.