I just found this to be an excellent, informative post! I’m a bit of a monster and mythology buff, but my knowledge base is more of the Western stories. The Eastern stories have always confused me a little, but this filled in some gaps and made things make so much more sense. A good read!
Ok that title is a reference to a French-Canadian saying which actually means – what the heck is it? I may have erred on the side of way too frekin obscure there.
I have been making my way slowly through Natsume’s Book of Friends. I’m doing my best to try and truly savor the experience but the temptation to just gobble it all up and watch 20 episodes in a row is quite strong. I’m currently finishing up season 3 (I will absolutely tell you about it someday) and I have to admit, I’m pretty smitten.
But the show has also led me to realize that despite knowing the word for years now, I am not entirely certain what “yokai” means. I figured it’s about time I found out. My initial assumption was that yokai referred to some sort of Japanese folkloric spirits. I knew (thought I knew) they weren’t…
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