Tatsu - Usually found far away from human habitation, these majestic Japanese dragons are thought to be godlike in power and origin, and are heavily associated with water sources and stormy weather. They are capable of shapeshifting in order to interact with humans, and are often prayed to in the hope that they will bring good weather and productive harvests of crops. Some Buddhist temples maintain areas of holy ground dedicated to the wise dragons.
Today’s yokai is Nuppeppo, a bizarre little creature. He appears around midnight in deserted places — especially graveyards or temples. He appears as a chunk of dead, rotting flesh walking about on its own. For such a horrible, nauseating description, most of the images of him are borderline cute. I couldn’t stand for that — a chunk of walking, dead flesh needs to be grotesque — so I made it just a bit less cuddly, with varicose veins and little hairs and rotting teeth. It might still be soft en
Dōnotsura - Similar to the Blemmyes, these warlike monsters are depicted in 19th century Japanese scroll art, and are said to be vicious and brash in nature. This behaviour is sometimes said to be due to their inability to be decapitated for their deplorable deeds, though it is likely that this is meant to be metaphorical rather than literal.
Amaterasu - Japanese sun goddess. Major deity of Shinto religion. Goddess of sun and universe. Her name means "shining heaven." 8th century text Kojiki and Nihon Shoki describe her being born from Izanagi-no-Mikoto while he was purifying himself after entering Yomi, the underworld. Amaterasu came from his left eye.
Jikininki are the Japanese spirits of selfish, greedy, or ungodly people who have passed on. They are said to be cursed to eat the flesh of human corpses. It is also said that they take valuables from the corpses, in order to bribe local law-enforcement officials to leave them alone. Unlike most demons, they actually hate what they are, and are in a constant state of self-disgust and self-loathing.
Furaribi, Yokai: Furaribi is a small, flying creature wreathed in flames. It appears late at night near riverbanks. It has the body of a bird, and its face is somewhat dog-like. It is a type of hi-no-tama, or fireball yokai. It does very little except for float about aimlessly, which is how it got its name.