Haunted Japan: Exploring the World of Japanese Yokai, Ghosts and the Paranormal (Paperback)
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A delightfully creepy telling of Japanese ghost stories. Japanese folklore is abundant with tales of ghostly creatures and the supernatural. In Haunted Japan, author Catrien Ross reveals the legends that have been passed down for generations and continue to terrify us today. To research this book on the country's ghosts, demons and paranormal phenomena, Ross collected accounts from across Japan including:
- Sacred Mount Osore, a Japanese gateway to the land of the dead, where people gather to contact those who have passed on
- The Tokyo grave of the samurai Taira no Masakado, where passersby regularly witnessed his ghost until prayers finally laid him to rest
- The mummified remains of the monk Tetsumonkai at the Churenji Temple on Mount Yudono--a place where bizarre happenings are common
- The ruins of Hachioji Castle in Tokyo, which was abandoned for many years because of its many hauntings
The result is an unparalleled insight into the dark corners of the Japanese psyche--a world filled with horrifying creatures including Oni (demons with fierce and ghastly appearances), Yurei (Japanese ghosts who inhabit the world of the living), and Yokai (supernatural monsters). The book also includes several traditional Japanese legends, concluding with two of the most famous ghost stories--that of the wronged wife Oiwa and the tale of the Peony Lantern. This book is richly illustrated with 32 pages of full-color prints of frightening ghosts and legendary creatures from Japan's shadowy past. Haunted Japan is the ideal book for anyone interested in exploring the darker side of Japanese history.
About the Author
From the moment she moved to Japan more than twenty-five years ago Catrien Ross time and again found herself drawn into hidden aspects of Japanese lore and culture. After her first book was published by Tuttle she moved deep into the mountains where, remaking her early Edo period kominka, she had many more strange encounters. This inspired her to establish Energy Doorways, her creative and spiritual center at the foot of Mount Fuji and the indie publisher of her new books in Japanese and English. Then, as her interest in timeless things and stories widened, she was accepted into the secretive world of Japanese antique dealers. The most mysterious phenomenon so far has been her experience of sudden genius - an abrupt onset of paintings and music which continues to erupt today. To learn more about Catrien's unusual life visit her personal website at www.catrienross.com Foreword by: Zack Davisson is an award-winning translator, writer and folklorist. He is the author of Yurei: The Japanese Ghost, Yokai Stories and Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan, and the translator of Leiji Matsumoto's Space Battleship Yamato, Go Nagai's Devilman, and Shigeru Mizuki's Kitaro. He was nominated for the 2014 Japanese-US Friendship Commission Translation Prize for his translation of the multiple Eisner award-winning Showa: A History of Japan. He has lectured on translation, manga and folklore at Duke University, UCLA, and University of Washington, as well as contributed to exhibitions at the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has been featured on NPR, BBC, and The New York Times, and has written for Metropolis, The Comics Journal, and Weird Tales Magazine.