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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A screenshot of a scene in the film "The Tale of Princess Kaguya". The film is an animated adaption of a Japanese Folktale called "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", a story about a mysterious girl named "Kaguya" discovered inside a bright bamboo plant as a baby.

A screenshot of a scene in the film "The Tale of Princess Kaguya". The film is an animated adaption of a Japanese Folktale called "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", a story about a mysterious girl named "Kaguya" discovered inside a bright bamboo plant as a baby.

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A screen capture in the film Princess Mononoke. The image depicts a creature named Shishi-gami known as the "Deer God". The creature is portrayed as the "Forest Spirit" in the film in which he plays the role as a protector of the forest and is the "God of Life and Death". This creature is related to the magical beast "Kirin" in Japanese Mythology.

A screen capture in the film Princess Mononoke. The image depicts a creature named Shishi-gami known as the "Deer God". The creature is portrayed as the "Forest Spirit" in the film in which he plays the role as a protector of the forest and is the "God of Life and Death". This creature is related to the magical beast "Kirin" in Japanese Mythology.

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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.

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Scene in Onibaba. The film explores the story of a Japanese yokai "Oni" (can be translated into ogres, demons and trolls) and are one of the greatest icons of Japanese Folklore because of how popular they are in Japanese theater, art and literature. The mask of the Oni when worn, the demon trapped inside the masks will take over the users well-being.

Scene in Onibaba. The film explores the story of a Japanese yokai "Oni" (can be translated into ogres, demons and trolls) and are one of the greatest icons of Japanese Folklore because of how popular they are in Japanese theater, art and literature. The mask of the Oni when worn, the demon trapped inside the masks will take over the users well-being.

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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.

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In Japanese Mythology, Yamauba is an old woman who lives in the mountains. The word Yamauba means "mountain old woman". She is one of the best-known yokai in Japan. In legends, folk-tales, and local beliefs, she is often portrayed as a hideous witch-like being who kidnaps women from local villagers, eats livestock and small children, and torments anybody who wonders into her territory. However, there are also positive portrayals of Yamauba in which she is a deific and beneficial presence.

In Japanese Mythology, Yamauba is an old woman who lives in the mountains. The word Yamauba means "mountain old woman". She is one of the best-known yokai in Japan. In legends, folk-tales, and local beliefs, she is often portrayed as a hideous witch-like being who kidnaps women from local villagers, eats livestock and small children, and torments anybody who wonders into her territory. However, there are also positive portrayals of Yamauba in which she is a deific and beneficial presence.

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