Pokemon’s Scary Ancestors

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Umibozu, sea monsters

Pokemon characters are the sweet descendants of traditional, Japanese ghosts and monsters. Yokai Jiten (The Great Yokai Encyclopedia) provides illustrations of 100 of the creatures.  Here are a few of the ones I liked:

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Bakekujira, a ghost whale

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Onyudo, a giant monk

 

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Baku, a spirit that eats nightmares

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