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Japanese Folklore: Ghosts, Demons and Yokai Monsters-Updated

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Japanese Tales (Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library)
Japanese Tales (Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library)
"A great collection of old Japanese stories and Folklore. Starts with an interesting, if brief, culutural and histroical overview making it a very good place to start!"
In Ghostly Japan (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)
In Ghostly Japan (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)
"Lacfadio Hearn is one of the most important exporters of Japanese culture and supernatural tales the western world has known. As vital and readable as when it was first penned."
Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Art of the Supernatural
Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Art of the Supernatural
"Concentrating on various representations of the supernatural in Japanese art. Each chapter takes on a different aspect from Hyakki Yako to Animal Transformation. A very insightful read."
Ghosts & the Japanese: Cultural Experience in Japanese Death Legends
Ghosts & the Japanese: Cultural Experience in Japanese Death Legends
"A fascinating glimpse into the world of spirits and ghosts in Japanese folklore and culture."
Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)
Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)
"A collection of haunting tales from Lacrfadio Hearn, more absolutely essential reading."
Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"First in a collection of films from the late 60's chronicling the exploits of Japanese monsters or 'Yokai'. Recently remade (Loosely) by famous director Takashi Miike."
Great Yokai War [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Great Yokai War [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Loose remake of the above movie. Better special effects but a lot of the charm found in the original is missing. Not one of Miike's Best."
Yoshitoshi's Strange Tales
Yoshitoshi's Strange Tales
"Fantastical works of the strange and supernatural from one of Japans greatest woodblock artists."
Okami (PS2)
Okami (PS2)
"A truly outstanding game made to look like a moving piece of  brush art. Based on Japanese Folklore, not 100% accurate but 100% breathtaking."
Pom Poko [DVD]
Pom Poko [DVD]
"Very enjoyable movie, if more than a little sad, but watch this after you know a bit about japanese mythology and folklore and see how many references you can spot."
Tales from Japan (Oxford Myths and Legends)
Tales from Japan (Oxford Myths and Legends)
"A satisfactory book. Good but still not as good as Japanese Tales (see no.1 of this list)"
Dororo Vol.1
Dororo Vol.1
"First part of a three part manga where an orphan tries to retrieve his lost limbs from a host of demons - just made into a quite decent movie by Toho!"
Yokai Monsters 2: One Hundred Monsters [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Yokai Monsters 2: One Hundred Monsters [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Second in the Yokai Monsters movie series. Not as good as the first but still entertaining enough."
Yokai Monsters: Along With Ghosts [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Yokai Monsters: Along With Ghosts [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Third in the series, all the humour and energy has gone and this is a much less enjoyable film for it."
Kibakichi [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Kibakichi [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Werewolves, samurai and monsters; how can you go wrong? watch this and find out - buy only if cheap and you're desperately bored. Although the Kappa do look quite good."
Kwaidan - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1964]
Kwaidan - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1964]
"Dark, Intriguing and an absolute classic. Based on Hearn’s book of collected Japanese ghost stories and folk tales."
Blood Will Tell (PS2)
Blood Will Tell (PS2)
"Video game based on the Dororo manga. Crawling with Kappa, umbrella demons and fiery wanyuda."
Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide
Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide
"Top class, fun, collection of 50 yokai monsters including great images and info, Strangely features the quite modern Slit Mouthed Woman urban legend (see No. 20 on this list)"
Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai
Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai
"Another fantastic university study style resource conscerning hyakki yako and yokai - very good book and a recommended read after Japanese Ghosts and Demons."
Carved [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Carved [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"A rather mean spiritied and mediocre film based on the slit mouthed woman urban legend - won't be much j-horror here but the slit mouthed woman is slowly making it's way into the japanese pantheon"
Dororo [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dororo [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Movie of the Dororo Manga, fans of yokai will enjoy this more than most but there's still a decent enough movie knocking about in here that stays 'fairly' close to the manga."
Taito Legends 2 (PS2)
Taito Legends 2 (PS2)
"This may seem out of place here but this collection features the old 2d arcade games Ki Ki Kai Kai and Bonze Adventure which are both packed full of yokai and nods to Japanese myth."
Japanese Ghosts & Demons (Dover Electronic Clip Art)
Japanese Ghosts & Demons (Dover Electronic Clip Art)
"This upcoming book and CD-ROM (as of writing this) looks like it could be quite interesting - time will tell."
Kenseiden - Master System - PAL
Kenseiden - Master System - PAL
"Quite rare samurai game that may look rudimentary by today's standards but it's dripping with supernatural atmosphere that can't help but invoke an air of haunted 16th Century Japan."
Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii)
Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii)
"Features more yokai and japanese gods than you can shake a demon blade at and is more beautiful that a game has right to be!"