Baku: The Legend of the Dream Eater: The baku, otherwise known as the ‘dream eater’, is a mythological being or spirit in Chinese and Japanese folklore which is said to devour nightmares. The baku cannot be summoned without caution, however, as ancient legends say that if the baku is not satisfied after consuming the nightmare, he may also devour one’s hopes and dreams.

Baku (獏 or 貘) - The Dream Eater. Supernatural beings that devour dreams and nightmares. Has a long history in Japanese folklore and art.

Akashita ("red tongue" - 赤舌) is a hairy-faced creature that hides in a dark cloud.

Akashita, hides in dark clouds before they attack from the Bakemono Zukushi ("monster scroll")

Picture of a Hakutaku (Hakutaku no zu) 「白澤之図」 Japanese, Edo period, 1858 (Ansei 5), 8th month Artist Miyagi Gengyo, Japanese, 1817–1880, Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, MFA

“A Hakutaku is "a benevolent monster that eats nightmares"; Still a By Miyagi Gengyo, 1858

Bakemono Zukushi monster scroll -- Daichiuchi (大地打)

Japanese monster (yokai, bakemono) The Bakemono Zukushi handscroll, painted in…

Kasha -- Cat-like demon that descends from the sky to feed on corpses before cremation

Kasha- Cat-like demon that descends from the sky to feed on corpses before cremation. Woodblock print from "The Kaibutsu Ehon" (Illustrated Book of Monsters) by Nabeta Gyokuei

“The Kaibutsu Ehon (“Illustrated Book of Monsters”) features woodblock prints of yōkai, or creatures from Japanese folklore. - Aoi no Ue - Character from The Tale of Genji who suffers episodes of spirit possession

“The Kaibutsu Ehon (“Illustrated Book of Monsters”) Features Woodblock Prints Of Yōkai, Or Creatures From Japanese Folklore. - Aoi no Ue - Character From The Tale Of Genji Who Suffers Episodes Of Spirit Possession


century woodblock prints by Utagawa Kunuyoshi illustrating the story of Yotsuya Kaidan, supposedly the most famous and influential Japanese ghost story of all time.

Tiger meow-meow from "Kaikidan Ekotoba" handscroll. This illustration depicts a Zenshu priest who was transformed by greed into a strange feline creature with three toes on each paw and the forked tail of a nekomata.

: Haunted Statue of Liberty -- Mystery Intergalactic Radio Bursts Detected -- Japanese Monster Scroll

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Jigoku Dayu (Hell Courtesan) - Kawanabe Kyōsai Have this print in large tryptic, how to incorporate in design.

Long neck demon from japan

見越入道 Mikoshi-nyūdō, monk-like creature that grows taller the more you look at it, from “Illustrated Book of Monsters”, NABETA Gyokuei『怪物画本』(鳥山石燕を模写)鍋田玉英, 1881

亡魂『化物尽絵巻』北斎季親 Boukon from “Bakemono-Zukushi-Emaki” monster scroll, HOKUSAI Suechika

"Hair I am to get you!" Boukon (亡魂), a departed soul, appears to have pale blue skin, long hair, and a distended belly.