Ghosts And The Japanese

Ghosts And The Japanese

In this scholarly but accessible work, authors Iwasaka and Toelken show that everyday beliefs and customs--particularly death traditions--offer special insight into the living culture of Japan.

Author: Michiko Iwasaka

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015032088976

Category: Social Science

Page: 172

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The Japanese have ambivalent attitudes toward death, deeply rooted in pre-Buddhist traditions. In this scholarly but accessible work, authors Iwasaka and Toelken show that everyday beliefs and customs--particularly death traditions--offer special insight into the living culture of Japan.
Categories: Social Science

Haunted Japan

Haunted Japan

To research this book on the country's ghosts, demons and paranormal phenomena, Ross collected accounts from across Japan including: Sacred Mount Osore, a Japanese gateway to the land of the dead, where people gather to contact those who ...

Author: Catrien Ross

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9781462921331

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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"A delightfully creepy telling of Japanese ghost stories. Japanese folklore is abundant with tales of ghostly creatures and the supernatural. In Haunted Japan, author Catrien Ross reveals the legends that have been passed down for generations and continue to terrify us today. To research this book on the country's ghosts, demons and paranormal phenomena, Ross collected accounts from across Japan including: Sacred Mount Osore, a Japanese gateway to the land of the dead, where people gather to contact those who have passed on The Tokyo grave of the samurai Taira no Masakado, where passersby regularly witnessed his ghost until prayers finally laid him to rest The mummified remains of the monk Tetsumonkai at the Churenji Temple on Mount Yudono--a place where bizarre happenings are common The ruins of Hachioji Castle in Tokyo, which was abandoned for many years because of its many hauntings The result is an unparalleled insight into the dark corners of the Japanese psyche--a world filled with horrifying creatures including Oni (demons with fierce and ghastly appearances), Yurei (Japanese ghosts who inhabit the world of the living), and Yokai (supernatural monsters). The book also includes several traditional Japanese legends, concluding with two of the most famous ghost stories--that of the wronged wife Oiwa and the tale of the Peony Lantern. This book is richly illustrated with 32 pages of full-color prints of frightening ghosts and legendary creatures from Japan's shadowy past. Haunted Japan is the ideal book for anyone interested in exploring the darker side of Japanese history."
Categories: Social Science

Japanese Ghost Stories

Japanese Ghost Stories

If sickness or calamity afflicted a community, it was attributed to inadequate propitiation of ghosts. The yūrei of Japanese kwaidan folklore, corresponding to the Western idea of ghosts, are the spirits of those whose manner of death ...

Author: Lafcadio Hearn

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241381281

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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The dead wreak revenge on the living, paintings come alive, spectral brides possess mortal men and a priest devours human flesh in these chilling Japanese ghost stories retold by a master of the supernatural. Lafcadio Hearn drew on the phantoms and ghouls of traditional Japanese folklore - including the headless 'rokuro-kubi', the monstrous goblins 'jikininki' or the faceless 'mujina' who stalk lonely neighbourhoods - and infused them with his own memories of his haunted childhood in nineteenth-century Ireland to create these terrifying tales of striking and eerie power. Today they are regarded in Japan as classics in their own right. Edited with an introduction by Paul Murray
Categories: Fiction

Japanese Ghost Stories

Japanese Ghost Stories

During Japan's Edo era many such ghosts were female. Although ghosts and ghost stories had been part of Japanese culture for centuries, it was in the Edo era that strong interest in the supernatural was revived.

Author: Catrien Ross

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9781462901005

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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"A Best Book of 2009" —The Japan Times Japanese Ghost Stories, formerly published under the title Supernatural and Mysterious Japan, is a collection of the eerie and terrifying from around Japan. This book opens a window into the hidden aspects of the Japanese world of the paranormal, a place where trees grow human hair, rocks weep and there's even a graveyard where Jesus is reputed to have been buried. Covering ancient and modern times, Japanese Ghost Stories offers not only good, old-fashioned scary stories, but some special insights into Japanese culture and psychology. Japanese ghost stories include: In Search of the Supernatural Psychic Stirrings New Forays into the Mystic Strange but True Modern-Day Hauntings Scenes of Ghosts and Demons Edo-Era Tales
Categories: Fiction

Reiko A Japanese Ghost Story

Reiko  A Japanese Ghost Story

My plan was to show that ghosts in Japan have a different rulebook.' The wind rose up again outside the window and we listened to it for a moment in silence. Even if there was nothing ghostly about it, it was adding to the atmosphere.

Author: James Avonleigh

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781471605086

Category:

Page: 303

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It was a story that shocked Japan.In the remote village of Izumi five high school friends died within the space of a fortnight.The circumstances were never explained.Four years later a British paranormal researcher travels to Izumi in an attempt to unravel the mystery.There he encounters much more than culture shock.He encounters the dark side of Japanese culture - the side they don't talk about in guidebooks.He encounters Reiko.
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Japanese Ghost in America

Japanese Ghost in America

She only giggled into her kimono sleeve, as if she were teasing him in the way that ordinary, well-behaved Japanese ladies would normally do. The moonlight came directly through the trees to flow across the place where she was ...

Author: Daniel O'Brien

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 9781460298978

Category: Fiction

Page: 294

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Jimmy, an introspective and world-traveled social studies teacher, lives a quiet life working in a Minnesota high school. Having lived in Japan for several decades—a country that he considers his second home—he is caught off-guard by the ancient and unfinished legacy that has followed him back across the Pacific. As the sun sets, Jimmy begins to see strange events in his home: a disembodied hand in the moonlight, then the full apparition of a Japanese woman in traditional kimono. Despite being separated by the boundaries of time and space, life and death, Jimmy and the mysterious woman discover a karmic connection. Together, they search for the root of her eternal restlessness in the hopes of attaining her redemption. Jimmy must unravel her past to discover how their destinies are intertwined, and how they might heal one another.
Categories: Fiction

Japanese Ghosts Demons

Japanese Ghosts   Demons

Explores the supernatural folklore of Japan through art, legends, stories and artworks which best

Author: Stephen Addiss

Publisher: George Braziller

ISBN: 0807611263

Category: Art

Page: 192

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Explores the supernatural folklore of Japan through art, legends, stories and artworks which best
Categories: Art

Yurei

Yurei

An eerie yet insightful exploration into the phenomenon of yurei, or Japanese ghosts, both past and present.

Author: Zack Davisson

Publisher: Chin Music

ISBN: 0988769344

Category: History

Page: 224

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An eerie yet insightful exploration into the phenomenon of yurei, or Japanese ghosts, both past and present.
Categories: History

Japanese Ghost Stories

Japanese Ghost Stories

Brilliantly entertaining and eerie ghost stories, regarded as major classics in Japan, by the Irish writer and Japanophile Lafcadio Hearn—whose life inspired bestselling writer Monique Truong's novel The Sweetest Fruits A Penguin Classic ...

Author: Lafcadio Hearn

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780241381274

Category: Fiction

Page: 273

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Brilliantly entertaining and eerie ghost stories, regarded as major classics in Japan, by the Irish writer and Japanophile Lafcadio Hearn—whose life inspired bestselling writer Monique Truong's novel The Sweetest Fruits A Penguin Classic In this collection of classic ghost stories from Japan, beautiful princesses turn out to be frogs, paintings come alive, deadly spectral brides haunt the living, and a samurai delivers the baby of a Shinto goddess with mystical help. Here are all the phantoms and ghouls of Japanese folklore: "rokuro-kubi," whose heads separate from their bodies at night; "jikininki," or flesh-eating goblins; and terrifying faceless "mujina" who haunt lonely neighborhoods. Lafcadio Hearn, a master storyteller, drew on traditional Japanese folklore, infused with memories of his own haunted childhood in Ireland, to create the chilling tales in Japanese Ghost Stories. They are today regarded in Japan as classics in their own right.
Categories: Fiction

A Gathering of Spirits Japan s Ghost Story Tradition

A Gathering of Spirits  Japan s Ghost Story Tradition

The beginning of the Edo period (1603) saw the last of the wars which established Japan as its present-day nation. ... A lot of folk traditions might have been 24 “Japanese Ghosts” by the appropriately named Tim Screech, from Mangajin ...

Author: Patrick Drazen

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781462029433

Category: Drama

Page: 276

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"Prepare for a sampling of Japanese ghosts and spirits, from sources that include the worlds oldest novel, the urban legends of contemporary Japanese schoolchildren, movies both classic and modern, anime, manga, and more." For hundreds of years Japan has lived in a reality consisting of the real world and the spirit world; sometimes the wall between the two worlds gets thin enough for spirits to cross over. In such a reality, ghost stories have been popular for centuries. Patrick Drazen, author of "Anime Explosion", looks at these stories: old and new, scary or funny or sad, looking at common themes and the reasons for their popularity. This book uses one Japanese ghost story tradition: the "hyaku monogatari" (hundred stories). In the old tradition, people tell each other one hundred ghost stories in one sitting. These hundred tales run from folklore to cartoons, but all are designed to send chills up the spine ...
Categories: Drama