Yokai Horrors From The 18th Century Bakemono Zukushi Scroll

The nightmarish, curious and rather cute demons were created in the Edo period

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo

 

You could cut this 18th Century Japanese scroll into neat squares and use the 24 images for a game of Guess Who? – Yokai. Does yours have one eye..?  Does yours have teeth..? Does yours eat raw human anuses..? (The Kappa does.) The scroll, known as the Bakemono zukushi, was painted by an artist or artist now unknown. Matthew Mayer helps us know what a yokai is:

Put simply, they are the supernatural creatures of Japanese folklore. The word literally means “bewitching” and “strange.” It encompasses monsters, demons, gods, ghosts, magical animals, transformed humans, urban legends, and strange phenomena…

Hiroko Yoda put sit well in Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide:

“When the last rays of
Sunshine fade from the day:
That’s when Japan’s Yokai
Come out to play.”

 

 

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo yokai

Oyajirome (親白眼) has a bulging eye on the back of its head and a claw on its one-fingered hand.

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo yokai

Daichiuchi (大地打) is a mallet-wielding monster with a bird-like face

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo

Dōmo-kōmo (どうもこうも) is a two-headed creature with gray skin

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo tokaj

Sara-hebi (さら蛇) is a large, snake-like creature with the head of a woman

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo

Mi-no-kedachi (身の毛立) has a coat of body hair that stands on end.

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo yokai

Nobusuma (のぶすま) has a brown body, human-like face, spiky hair, claws, and sharp black teeth

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo

Uma-shika (馬鹿) is a horse-like monster with a horn on its head and a single bulging eye

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo

Hajikkaki (はぢっかき) has a round white body with short arms and legs

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo

Odoroshi (おどろし) is a red-faced monster with big eyes, black teeth, and long hair

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo

Yume-no-seirei (“dream ghost” – 夢の精霊) appears as a thin old man in a white robe

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo

Yamamba (山姥) is a mountain hag

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo

Rokurokubi (ろくろくび), a long-necked woman, is pictured next to an Inugami (犬神) dog spirit

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo

Ushi-oni (牛鬼) is a sea monster with the head of a cow and the body of a giant spider or crab

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo yokai

Yamawaro (山童) is a one-eyed kappa-like creature found in the mountains

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo yokai

Buraribi (ぶらり火) is a white, bird-like creature surrounded by ghostly flames

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo yokai

Uwan (うわん) is a creature that inhabits abandoned buildings

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo

Yuki-onna (“snow woman” – 雪女) appears on snowy nights as a beautiful woman with long hair

Bakemono Zukushi Japanese scroll Edo yokai

Kami-kiri (“hair cutter” – 髪切) are known for sneaking up on people and cutting off their hai

Akashita ("red tongue" - 赤舌) is a hairy-faced creature that hides in a dark cloud yokai

Akashita (“red tongue” – 赤舌) is a hairy-faced creature that hides in a dark cloud

Boukon (亡魂), a departed soul, appears to have pale blue skin, long hair, and a distended belly yokai

Boukon (亡魂), a departed soul, appears to have pale blue skin, long hair, and a distended belly

 

Via:  here , Pink Tentacle and International Research Center for Japanese Studies – Yokai Database