Japanese Spider Crab

Japanese Spider Crab

A little melted butter is not going to make this monster disappear! The Japanese spider crab has the greatest leg span of any arthropod, reaching up to 5.5 metres (18 ft) from claw to claw. The body may grow to a size of 40 cm (16 in) in carapace width and the whole...
Jorogumo

Jorogumo

How would you like to have fire-breathing spiders at your beck and call?! The Jorōgumo has that and more: Jorōgumo (JapaneseKanji: 絡新婦, Hiragana: じょろうぐも) is a type of Yōkai, a creature, ghost or goblin of Japanese folklore. It can shapeshift into a beautiful woman, so...
Jubokko

Jubokko

Are you a tree hugger? You might want to rethink it with the Jubokko. The Jubokko (Japanese: 樹木子, “tree child”) is a yōkaitree in Japanese folklore that appears in many books related to Japanese yōkai, including Shigeru Mizuki’s works. According to...
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...