All About Japan

Drawing out the Japanese Spirit of Epidemics

The people of Kumamoto have a legendary spirit that comes in time of epidemics. All you have to do is draw a picture of it.

Trying to Make the Antiviral Legend Go Viral

Legend has it that seeing a drawing of this yokai named Amabie will cure or protect a person from any disease. The creature itself is said to have asked to be drawn and shared around – what is known today as an ‘Instagram shout-out.’

Finding Anime in Real Life: 10 Tokyo Locations

The folklorist that I am, I decided to choose ten anime featuring creatures from Japanese myth (but with a little Western thrown in as well). Keep reading to check out if your favorite anime is included on my list!

Would You Buy a Creepy Cactus?

Check out this real 'Little Shop of Horrors,' full of monster-inspired cacti.

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