Amabie — The Yōkai who became Japan’s Unexpected Covid Guardian

A 19th Century Apparition makes a 21st Century Comeback

Japanese folklore is filled with tales of yōkai, or supernatural beings. Many are shapeshifters, others appear as tools or natural objects like stones, trees, animals or people, while others are completely indescribable. If you’ve seen any films by Miyazaki Hayao of Studio Ghibli, you’ve no doubt met yōkai in one form or another.



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