Yokai Family Weekend is coming at the end of this week! Are you ready?
We have plenty of activities this weekend that will teach you all about these ghosts and monsters from Japanese folklore, but if you’re feeling impatient you can prepare for the celebrations by delving into the world of yokai on your own:
Local yokai folklorist, illustrator, and author Matthew Meyer (who will be presenting his lecture and reading ghost stories at Shofuso this weekend) has been writing about yokai on his website all month!
During the month of October, Meyer runs a project on his website called A-Yokai-A-Day. He showcases one new yokai each day of the month, gearing up towards Halloween. Meyer has been writing A-Yokai-A-Day every October since 2009, and all of the entries are up on his website. In addition, he runs yokai.com, where his translations and illustrations of over 275 yokai lore are collected. Each day he posts a yokai to yokai.com and then discusses some of the behind-the-scenes story about its history and creation on his website matthewmeyer.net.
So if you can’t wait to learn about some of the yokai you might encounter at Shofuso this weekend, or if you just want to know more about these bizarre creatures from Japanese folklore, check out A-Yokai-A-Day on Matthew Meyer’s website and yokai.com!
Here’s a look at some of the yokai he has featured on A-Yokai-A-Day so far this year: