bird-demon

Today’s yokai is a tengu—a demon in bird-like form, even though the name means “heavenly dog.” Maybe that’s because the tengu was derived from the Chinese dog-demon tiangou? Sorry if I’m not bird dogging the history of yokai enough (ba-dum-bump).

If you are looking for some insight into the collection of early 19th century yokai bestiaries we’ve digitized from Toriyama Sekien, then head over to “Toriyama Sekien’s Spooky Parade,” a guest post on our blog by co-founder of AltJapan Co., Ltd, Matt Alt. Or you could just explore the beasts on your own. This yoka was from Gazu Hyakki yagyo, v.1(1805)

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Amazing Artworks by Lenka Simeckova - links for prints and other stuff (stickers, apparel, tapestry, mugs, pillows, clocks, sheets, towels, device cases, cards, shower curtains, pouches, etc.) below:

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A monster, a monster
I’ve turned into a monster
A monster, a monster,
And it keeps getting stronger

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