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: 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.

Ukiyo-e Series #2: Ghostly Worlds | PingMag : Art, Design, Life – from Japan

Ukiyo-e Series #2: Ghostly Worlds | PingMag : Art, Design, Life – from Japan

Kappa; late 18th Century; 寛政年間(18世紀の末)に江戸城の近く、一番町のお堀端にあらわれたカッパ。(蜷川家古文書) 【国立公文書館より】[PS: Voudoun like creature; zombie?]

Kappa; late 18th Century; 寛政年間(18世紀の末)に江戸城の近く、一番町のお堀端にあらわれたカッパ。(蜷川家古文書) 【国立公文書館より】[PS: Voudoun like creature; zombie?]

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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