the online database of Japanese ghosts and monsters

Copyright Information

Folklore is public domain and belongs to everyone, however that does not mean that work incorporating folklore, including this website, can be freely used.

All of the text on this site was written by Matthew Meyer. It is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. This means you are free to share, copy, and adapt the text of this site for noncommercial purposes. If you wish to alter or build upon this work, you are free to do so, but you must distribute the resulting work under a similar license.

All of the images on this site are protected under copyright. You may not reproduce, redistribute, or remix them without explicit permission from the artist.

If you wish to use the material on this site but are unsure about the copyright or what you are allowed to do, please contact me.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I read your stories on my YouTube channel?

If your channel is monetized, then no. If your channel is not monetized, then yes. Keep in mind that to use the artwork you must still get permission from the artist.

Can I use the characters on yokai.com in my blog/fanfic/published book?

Yes, all of the yokai here are folklore and can be freely used. As long as you are not copying the text and images directly, you are free to incorporate any of the characters for whatever purposes you like.

Can I use your text and images to make a yokai-themed monster manual for a game?

If you are planning to make money off of your work in any way, then no. If you are releasing your work for free under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license as stipulated above, you are free to use the text, but not the images, in your work. To use the artwork in any way you must still get permission from the artist.