Amaterasu by GENZOMAN on DeviantArt
Amaterasu is described in the Kojiki as the sun goddess who was born from Izanagi's left eye. She was also accompanied by her siblings Susanoo, the stor... Amaterasu
A-Yokai-A-Day: Nuppeppo | Matthew Meyer
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 -- … Continue reading A-Yokai-A-Day: Nuppeppo
Kagu-tsuchi- Japanese myth: the fire god. his birth burned his mother Izanami, causing her death. His father Izanagi, in his grief, beheaded him with his sword, and cut his body into eight pieces, which became eight volcanoes.
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.
Yokai March: Furaribi by rohkova on DeviantArt
Literally meaning aimless fire, these strange Yokai have the body of the bird but a dog-like face, but appear most often as a ball of fire by riverbanks... Yokai March: Furaribi
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.
Gaki: "hungry ghost" Japanese (and Eastern) mythological creature portrayed with swollen belly and narrow throat or small mouth. Ghost is perpetually hungry, but cannot eat (or food burns if it's swallowed). Often associated with abortion.
Izanagi- Japanese myth: brother and consort of Izanami. He is a creator deity, helping form the Japanese islands. During his cleansing rite Amaterasu, the sun goddess, was born from his left eye, Tsukuyomi, the moon god, from his right eye, and Susanoo tempest or storm god from his nose.
Tsukiyomi- Japanese myth: god of the moon. He was born when washed out of Izanagi's right eye. He killed Uke mochi which angered his wife and sister Amaterasu, the sun goddess. She then left to another part of the sky, causing the sun and moon to never be seen together.
Shussebora- Japanese myth: a giant triton conch thst has lived 3 thousand years buried both in a mountain and under the sea turns into a draconic creature. Its meat is said to prolong life.