The wall of eyeballs that makes you go blind is our new favorite monster from Japanese mythology

We've discussed yōkai — or supernatural monsters from Japanese mythology — on io9 before, namely the disgusting, turtle-like kappa. But the yōkai artwork of Toriyama Sekien (1712-1788) will introduce you to some even weirder monsters from Japanese folklore, such as the mokumokuren (a blinding eyeball demon that dwells… »11/01/12 7:19pm11/01/12 7:19pm


Meet the kappa leprechaun, a tiny monster at the nexus of Japanese and Irish folklore

Artist and io9 comrade-in-hanging-out Marcelo Gallegos has tipped us to his delightful yokai mash-up creation, the Kappa Leprechaun. This little guy is the hybrid of A.) those diminutive bastards who bedeviled Darby O'Gill; and B.) flatulent Japanese water sprites. Explains Marcelo of this wee creature: »3/09/12 9:35pm3/09/12 9:35pm

In Japan, you can go on a haunted hayride on a public train

Every August, the Keifuku Electric Railroad company in Kyoto, Japan runs a series of "ghost trains" or "yokai trains" on weekend evenings. On these trains, spirits and monsters from Japanese mythology scare the heck out of children who are shocked and betrayed that their parents would make them ride an electrical… »8/24/11 10:30am8/24/11 10:30am

Five Japanese Monsters I Encountered Before I Turned 20

Welcome back to MangoBot, a biweekly column about Asian futurism by TokyoMango blogger Lisa Katayama. »10/24/08 12:00pm10/24/08 12:00pm In Tokyo, teenage girls don't worry about date rape and theft nearly as much as they fret over monsters (and train gropers). I never thought twice about the whereabouts of my wallet as I walked home in the dark after…