'Spooky Beasts Keep Haunting Japan's Art' by John L. Tran. Artwork by Mitsunobu Tosa.
Youkai - also commonly spelled yokai (妖怪/ようかい ) - are much-loved or feared aspects of Japanese culture which often re-emerge during the peak of sticky, hot summers. Similar to Western culture's vampires, werewolves, and ghouls, youkai are creatures which often carry a warning. Among the various types, everyday youkai can be sorted into three categories: moral, comical, and horror.
While the details for the 2016 haunted house attraction are due to be released in July, it will be a challenge to beat the scares created by 2015's Cursed Lullaby haunted house.
Japan has a range of bizarre television shows which focus on shocking a famous victim in psychological pranks (ホラードッキリ or お化けドッキリ）.
Unlike the everyday television pranks of falling into hot water, being blasted from chairs, or stepping into a mislabeled bathroom, these psychological pranks use ghost imagery and horror elements - often lasting for over an hour in order for the victim to question their sanity.
世界の怖い夜 (World's Scary Night) is a Japanese television program dedicated to 'real' ghost videos, visiting haunted house attractions, and courage walks by famous comedians and pop idols. Each episode is 90 - 120 minutes long with a modge-podge of segments.
With Obon creeping up over the next few months, it's time to make a list of horror-themed places to visit! From horror escape venues to restaurants, these places will offer a refreshing chill to the mundane summer attractions.
Hiding from Japanese Ghosts' Experience with Kiyotaki Tunnel
I first heard about Kiyotaki Tunnel years ago from a friend, suggesting 'we visit the tunnel everyone says is haunted'. I had read the reports, stories, and articles about Kiyotaki Tunnel. This is by no means an unknown ghost spot - there are articles and sources in a range of languages, and it is a popular reference for media and bloggers to brag about their bravery.
Hiding from Japanese Ghosts
Ghost stories are the least frightening thing about Japan when facing culture clashes, mystery food, language barriers, and - scariest of all - marriage.