Youkai and yuurei, art by Alien-D/Amayagi-dô Jun

Summer is Japan’s Ghost season. While Obon’s ancestors festival is around the corner, heat is also very thick and smothering. Since the Edo period, people have added two and two and found a way of cooling themselves - by sending chills down one’s spine.

Telling each others ghost stories (obake-banashi) or testing their courage at night, Japanese bring back to life their rich tradition of creepy ghosts and weird monsters. Be them old youkai or recent urban legends!