matthew-meyer

Book haul day! After taking it out from my University library a few years ago I finally got my own copy of Pandemonium and Parade by Michael Dylan Foster.

It comes really recommended to those wanting to learn a little more about the sociology behind yokai and how they came to influence popular media. The book is academic in its approach, but don’t let that put you off, it’s still an entertaining read (especially when compared to academic film books I’ve read).

It’s also strangely cheap used on amazon at the moment (affiliate link), which was my primary motivation for finally picking a copy up. Is the book a good introduction to yokai? Eh, not really. In that case check out Matthew Meyer’s The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons and it’s follow up. But if you already have a small glossary of the critters in the back of your head and want to know more, this is probably your book.

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Requested by anon:

Riley: “It was amazing, double dating with my best friend, I couldn’t ask for more.” 
Maya: “Same here, plus I’m officially dating the adorable Josh Matthews. Once step closer to being Riley’s Aunt.” 

                                                 BAKEKUJIRA

 It’s the Japanese word for ghost whale. They’re animated whale skeletons which sale near the surface of the sea rising as they did in life when they needed to breathe. They are followed by a host of creepy birds and strange fish and they appear on rainy nights near coastal villages. In older days, when whales were still in a great number in the sea of Japan, the presence of this animal was a great news for the residents of the poor fishing villages. A village could reap huge amounts of wealth from the meat and oil of a single whale. Many fishermen claimed that the souls of these whales live as these ghosts to seek revenge against the humans who took their lives. Those who witnessed this ghostly whale were infected with a curse, which they brought back to their villages when they returned home. The curse brought famine, plague and disasters.

ImageUtagawa Toyoharu - Perspective Picture of Whale Hunting in Kumano Bay

Source: Matthew Meyer - The night parade of One Hundred demons 

Lucaya Logic

Girl meets Year Book =

Maya: It’s like-it’s like he’s your- woah.

Lucaya shipper: OMG WOW RILEY LIKES LUCAS LIKE A BROTHER!! OMG MAYA HAS SPOKEN AS RILEY AND THIS IS THE TRUTH.

Rucas shippers: But, she’s just wearing a wi-“

Lucaya shippers: RUCAS IS BROTP!! YAYAY MAYA HAS SPOKEN!

Girl meets Triangle=

Topanga: You are not being you.

Lucaya Shippers: JUST CAUSE MAYA DRESSES LIKE RILEY DOESN’T MEAN SHE THINKS LIKE RILEY.

Me: *face palm*

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After Girl meets Triangle

Maya: *Admits she’s turning into Riley*

TheOwld/ective: IF YOU GO LOOK AT RILEY AND MAYA’S NAME BACKWARDS, IT’S AYAM AND YELIR!

IN MY OWN CREATED LANGUAGE YELIR MEANS ‘NOT ENDGAME’ AND AYAM MEANS ‘ENDGAME’!

YESSSSSSSSSSS! LUCAYA IS DEFINITELY ENDGAME. OH AND 2 + 2 ISN’T 4, IT EQUALS 6 BECAUSE IT HAS THE SAME LETTERS AS LUCAYA!

Me:

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