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    Travel News Japan's first yokai (folklore monsters) museum opened in Hiroshima

    Last Friday, Japan's first yokai museum, officially known as the Yumoto Koichi Memorial Japan Yokai Museum (湯本豪一記念日本妖怪博物館), or in short Miyoshi Mononoke Museum (三次もののけミュージアム), opened in Miyoshi, about 60 kilometres northeast of Hiroshima City. It is based on a collection of 5,000 items donated...
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    Culture Japandemonium Illustrated

    "A fascinating, scholarly, beautifully illustrated, miscellanea of strange beasts, quelling demons, and otherworldly apparitions. JapandemoniumIllustrated will instruct you, amaze you, and transport you to a quintessential realm of Japanese lore." — Guillermo del Toro, filmmaker "Such beautiful...
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    Culture Kappa

    Kappa (河童, lit. “river-child”), also known as kawatarō (川太郎, lit. “river-boy”) or kawako (川子, “river-children”), are supernatural amphibious creatures said to inhabit Japan’s waters. They are considered to be a transformation of a Shintō water deity (水神 Suijin). The description and the name of...
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