Japan loves its ghost stories, and it especially loves the huge variety of supernatural creatures that feature in them. From handscrolls to ukiyo-e prints, artists have been bringing the spooky to life for centuries. This week’s Fun Link Friday is a series of illustrations posted on dangerousminds.net of anatomical depictions of monsters from Japanese folklore. Created by the famous manga artist Shigeru Mizuki in 1960, this series of illustrations brings to life these legendary creatures along with descriptions of their body parts and how they function.
Dangerous Minds stated:
“Mizuki’s monsters first appeared in a Japanese magazine as a part of a series of manga comics called GeGeGe no Kitarō but was deemed “too scary” for kids. [They were] adapted from traditional Kamishibai tales (the art of storytelling using paper scrolls) from the early 1930s…”