Mythological Creature Archive

Mythological Creature; the Amemasu, a giant fish shapeshifter from Japan- with writing prompt

According to Wikipedia the Amemasu or the Ō-amemasu is a giant whale- or fish-like creature from Ainu folklore. Some of the largest amemasu are said to live in Lake Mashū and Lake Shikotsu in Hokkaidō, with smaller ones inhabiting lakes throughout northern areas of Honshu. The amemasu are known for capsizing boats, creating earthquakes, and causing other natural disasters.

Advertisements
Mythological Creature Archive

Mythical Creature, ‘The Akkorokamui,’ a Japanese ‘Kami,’ and benevolent octopus spirit- with writing prompt

Kami (神) is a Japanese word for the spirits worshipped in the Shinto religion. According to Wikipedia, they can be elements of the landscape, forces of nature, and beings, as well as qualities that these beings express. They can also be the spirits of the venerated dead. Many Kami are considered the ancient ancestors of… Continue reading Mythical Creature, ‘The Akkorokamui,’ a Japanese ‘Kami,’ and benevolent octopus spirit- with writing prompt

Mythological Creature Archive

Mythical Creature, “the Akateko,” a Japanese yōkai, witnessed as a dangling, disembodied red hand- with writing prompt

      The Akateko Ghost 赤手児 あかてこ, meaning, red child’s hand, is a ghost or yōkai who lives in Japanese honey locust (Gleditsia Japonica) trees. Akateko drop down as people pass underneath them, giving their victims a scare, but isn't known for causing any great harm and isn't known to be evil. Photo Credit: https://vitoradler.deviantart.com/art/Akateko-day-6-646253587… Continue reading Mythical Creature, “the Akateko,” a Japanese yōkai, witnessed as a dangling, disembodied red hand- with writing prompt

Mythological Creature Archive

Mythical Creature, ‘Abura-Sumashi, a Japanese Yōkai, who steals oil, with writing prompt

According to Wikipedia, Yōkai (妖怪, ghost, phantom, strange apparition) are a class of supernatural monsters, spirits and demons in Japanese folklore. The word yōkai is made up of the kanji for "bewitching; attractive; calamity"; and "spectre; apparition; mystery; suspicious".[1] They can also be called ayakashi (あやかし), mononoke (物の怪), or mamono (魔物). Yōkai range diversely from the malevolent to the mischievous, occasionally bringing good fortune to those who encounter them. Often they possess animal features… Continue reading Mythical Creature, ‘Abura-Sumashi, a Japanese Yōkai, who steals oil, with writing prompt