Japanese Folklore

I have developed something of an obsession with Japanese folklore lately and have decided to gather together some resources and keep them in one place in case any one else is interested in exploring this fascinating area. My recent (and first ever) trip to Japan has fuelled the fires even more so I will update this post as I discover more.

'Urashima Taro Returning Home from the Palace of the Dragon King' - Tsukioka Yoshitoshi


Japanese Folklore and Mythology - New World Encyclopedia
Dictionary of Japanese Buddhist and Shinto Deities
Japanese Mythology and Folklore
Japanese Folklore: Fushimi Inari-Taisha and Kitsune Fox Legends - Folklore Thursday
Japanese Folklore of the Ocean - Folklore Thursday
Uncanny Japan
Sacred Trees, Shinto Shrines, and the Takasago Pine Story
Lucky Rice Cakes and the Moon Rabbit
Sea Demons, Pearls Divers, and Ise Grand Shrine
Nekomata, cat myths and cat shrines of Japan
6 Things You Should Know About the Inari Fox in Japanese Folklore
Japan’s Folklore Chronicler, Shigeru Mizuki (1922-2015)
Urban legends from Meiji-period Japan
Kodama – The Tree Spirit
Japanese Folklore: Kitsune

'The Dragon Princess' - Utagawa Kuniyoshi


Ancient Tales and Folklore of Japan (Full texts) - Sacred Texts
Fairy Tales of Old Japan by William E. Griffis (full texts)
Japanese Fairy Tales by Lafcadio Hearn (full texts)
Japanese Fairy Tales by Theodora Ozaki (full texts)
Tales of Old Japan by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford (full texts)
Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai - Translated Japanese Ghost Stories
Japanese Folklore: Maruyama Okyo and the Ghost of Oyuki
Japanese Stories about Kitsune (Fox Spirits)
10 Classic Japanese Stories
14 Japanese Folktales in a Few Sentences
The Boy Who Drew Cats - Aaron Shepard
Urashima Taro – Japanese Folktale
Tsuru no Ongaeshi – Japanese Folktale
Japanese Folklore Podcasts - Myths and Legends (Podcasts)
Japanese Ghost Stories: Himeji Castle and Okiku’s Well
Tanuki no Kintama – Tanuki’s Giant Balls
The 13 Scariest Japanese Stories Starring Ghosts, Ghouls and Freaky Folklore

'The Ghosts' - Kuniyoshi Utagawa

Yokai or Japanese Monsters

Yokai Grove
Tofugu's Yokai Series
Japanese Legends: The Three Most Evil Yokai of Japan - Folklore Thursday
Tengu: The Japanese Demon That's Basically a Mini-God
Kitsune: The Divine/Evil Fox Yokai
Tanuki: The Canine Yokai with Gigantic Balls
Kappa: Japan's Aquatic, Cucumber-loving, Booty-obsessed Yokai
Magical Mermaids of Japanese Folklore - Ancient Origins
Shinigami: The Grim Reaper of Japanese Folklore - Ancient Origins
10 Horrifying Demons and Spirits of Japanese Folklore
Ghosts and Demons of Japanese Folklore
10 Bizarre Creatures from Japanese Folklore
Choosing the Best Yokai Books for You
Ghosts on the Shore
Ghosts and Demons of Japanese Folklore
Ghosts in Ancient Japan
Yurei: The Ghosts of Japan

Okiku, Hokusai

Travel and Folklore

Kodama in 'Princess Mononoke, Studio Ghibli

For Children
'Capturing a Kappa Underwater in the Tamura River' - Takagi Toranosuke