Hone-onna

Hone-onna

This is not the type of girl that you would really want to bring home to meet the parents. Best not to date her at all! Hone-onna (骨女, literally: bone woman) is a being from Japaneselegends. In some versions, it is thought to be a female yōkai who kills men by...
Heikegani

Heikegani

The Heikegani are a formidable force and should not be trifled with… unless you have a little melted butter. Heikegani (平家蟹, ヘイケガニ, Heikeopsis japonica) is a species of crab native to Japan, with a shell that bears a pattern resembling a human face which many...
Gashadokuro

Gashadokuro

More fun stuff here with the Gashadokuro… hmm, maybe fun isn’t the right word: The Gashadokuro are spirits that take the form of giant skeletons and are fifteen times taller than an average person, said to be created from the amassed bones of people who...
Dodomeki

Dodomeki

Dodomeki–The bird lady monster from Japan! Sorta like the bird lady in Mary Poppins… okay, maybe not. Dodomeki (百々目鬼) is a Japanese yōkai that’s depicted as human women who are cursed with having long arms covered with hundreds of bird eyes due to...
Basan

Basan

Now imagine this: A large fire-breathing chicken monster. I don’t know if we can get much better than that for a monster, but Japan has this monster, Basan, in it’s lineage of totally cool monsters! Read on: The Basan (波山), alternatively referred to as...
Akkorokamui

Akkorokamui

Don’t ask me how to pronounce Akkorokamui, but I’m sure it sounds nearly as creepy as the monster itself! Today we start to take a multi-cultural look around the globe at monsters from other countries. John Batchelor records an account of this monster in...