Umibozu is a sea spirit in Japanese Folklore. In Japanese Mythology, they are said to live in the depths of the ocean. On calm nights, when there is no sign of anything out of the ordinary, when all of a sudden, without warning, the waves and weather  whip into furious condition, and out comes the titanic creature. It moves to destroy the ship, either smashing it with a single blow or taking it down bit by bit.

Umibozu is a sea spirit in Japanese Folklore. In Japanese Mythology, they are said to live in the depths of the ocean. On calm nights, when there is no sign of anything out of the ordinary, when all of a sudden, without warning, the waves and weather whip into furious condition, and out comes the titanic creature. It moves to destroy the ship, either smashing it with a single blow or taking it down bit by bit.

In Japanese Mythology, the Onamazu is a gigantic catfish which live in the muck and slime of waterways in Japan. They are responsible for causing earthquakes due to their heavy mass when they get excited they shake the earth with their continous violent thrashing.

In Japanese Mythology, the Onamazu is a gigantic catfish which live in the muck and slime of waterways in Japan. They are responsible for causing earthquakes due to their heavy mass when they get excited they shake the earth with their continous violent thrashing.

A screenshot in Princess Mononoke of a tatarigami (curse spirit) which are depicted as worms surrounding the wild boar acting as a plague as it has been possessed.

A screenshot in Princess Mononoke of a tatarigami (curse spirit) which are depicted as worms surrounding the wild boar acting as a plague as it has been possessed.

An ubiquitous character in Japanese Folklore, religion and popular culture, the Oni may be variously translated into English as "demon," "devil," or "ogre." Oni features in numerous folktales and legends. The oni are commonly imagined as large, powerful, frightening, human like male figures, clawed hands and sharp, protruding fangs. They have horns, carry an iron staff or club and wear a loincloth made out of tiger skin.

An ubiquitous character in Japanese Folklore, religion and popular culture, the Oni may be variously translated into English as "demon," "devil," or "ogre." Oni features in numerous folktales and legends. The oni are commonly imagined as large, powerful, frightening, human like male figures, clawed hands and sharp, protruding fangs. They have horns, carry an iron staff or club and wear a loincloth made out of tiger skin.

Screen capture of film Pom Poko. The image showcases Gashadokuro meaning "starving skeleton" are mythical creatures in Japanese Mythology. These skeletal giants roam around the darkest hours after midnight, they silently creep up and catch their victims late out on the roads, crushing their victims with its hands or bitting their heads off.

Screen capture of film Pom Poko. The image showcases Gashadokuro meaning "starving skeleton" are mythical creatures in Japanese Mythology. These skeletal giants roam around the darkest hours after midnight, they silently creep up and catch their victims late out on the roads, crushing their victims with its hands or bitting their heads off.

A screen capture in the film Spirited Away. The image depicts a "stink spirit", as in the film, he first appears as a filthy, grubby, sludge contaminated spirit but it is soon later revealed that he is wealthy and a powerful dragon spirit. In Japanese Mythology he is known as Kawa-No-Kami - The Shinto god of the rivers as a result of the purification ritual.

A screen capture in the film Spirited Away. The image depicts a "stink spirit", as in the film, he first appears as a filthy, grubby, sludge contaminated spirit but it is soon later revealed that he is wealthy and a powerful dragon spirit. In Japanese Mythology he is known as Kawa-No-Kami - The Shinto god of the rivers as a result of the purification ritual.

Nopperabo are faceless spirits. They resemble a human in almost all ways and blends with society quite well. However the illusion is shattered when met face-to-face. They have a voracious appetite who basically tries to devour people as a source of gaining energy. However some legends believe that the Nopperabo are actually harmless and known primarily for frightening humans which they do remarkably well because they have no facial features, but otherwise they are completely harmless.

Nopperabo are faceless spirits. They resemble a human in almost all ways and blends with society quite well. However the illusion is shattered when met face-to-face. They have a voracious appetite who basically tries to devour people as a source of gaining energy. However some legends believe that the Nopperabo are actually harmless and known primarily for frightening humans which they do remarkably well because they have no facial features, but otherwise they are completely harmless.

An image of No-Face in Spirited Away. No-Face is a ghost-like Kami, and at first glance you presume he is evil, but there is no real good or evil in Shintoism and you find out fairly quickly that he's not and just needs the bathhouse in order to cleanse his attitude. In Japanese Mythology he is derived from a legendary creature called "Nopperabo" - a faceless spirit.

An image of No-Face in Spirited Away. No-Face is a ghost-like Kami, and at first glance you presume he is evil, but there is no real good or evil in Shintoism and you find out fairly quickly that he's not and just needs the bathhouse in order to cleanse his attitude. In Japanese Mythology he is derived from a legendary creature called "Nopperabo" - a faceless spirit.

An image of a Kirin. In Japanese Mythology, Kirin is a powerful and majestic beast that wields immense strength and punishes those that are evil. However the creature still remains a mystery. The legends say that it has antlers like a deer, scales like a dragon, hooves like an ox, and a tail like a lion. It is also believed that when a Kirin travels from place to place, it can spread peace wherever it travels.

An image of a Kirin. In Japanese Mythology, Kirin is a powerful and majestic beast that wields immense strength and punishes those that are evil. However the creature still remains a mystery. The legends say that it has antlers like a deer, scales like a dragon, hooves like an ox, and a tail like a lion. It is also believed that when a Kirin travels from place to place, it can spread peace wherever it travels.

A scene capture in the film Princess Mononoke. The image is of a forest spirit described as the "god of life and death" which takes the form of a deer during the day, and a giant shadowy night walker during the night which you see in this image. In Japanese Mythology, this giant creature is an interpretation of a "Daidarabotchi" - a giant yokai in Japanese Folklore.

A scene capture in the film Princess Mononoke. The image is of a forest spirit described as the "god of life and death" which takes the form of a deer during the day, and a giant shadowy night walker during the night which you see in this image. In Japanese Mythology, this giant creature is an interpretation of a "Daidarabotchi" - a giant yokai in Japanese Folklore.

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