If you are curious about Japan, its art forms, and its beliefs you ought to read about its mythology. Every mythological detailed character leaves a mark on the lives of the people of the land – it could religious, but it portrays the culture of the land massively. Here is a list of the 10 best books on Japanese mythology. Like Greek mythology has Zeus and many other gods, goddesses, and monsters that influenced the commencement of art and writing, Japanese mythology has Yokai or monsters which plays a huge role in Japanese mythology. Yokai are strange characters of Japanese mythology, they are spirits that can be malevolent and benevolent to humans. These spirits are described as creatures having supernatural powers and they often have animal features but they may look like humans in appearance as well.

The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons – Matthew Meyer

10 best books on Japanese mythology (The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons)
10 best books on Japanese mythology (The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons)

A massive description and illustration of Japanese Yokai or monsters from the historic folklores of Japan, including their origin, food consumption and more have been captured by Matthew Meyer in this astonishing guide of Japanese mythology.

Japanese Tales – Royall Tyler

Japanese Tales
Japanese Tales

This book is a collection of 220 alluring tales from medieval Japan consisting of ghosts, saints, monsters, miracles, demons, and healers. This represents the Japanese cultivation through jokes, legends, ideas of hell, and more.

Tales of Old Japan – Algernon Freeman Mitford

10 best books on Japanese mythology (Tales of Old Japan)
10 best books on Japanese mythology (Tales of Old Japan)

This is again a compilation of short stories. These stories concentrate on several aspects of Japan and its life before the Meiji Restoration. The introduction of this book briefly talks about the literature and culture of Japan and it also includes some of the rituals witnessed by the author.

Kitsune Tsuki – Laura Van Arendonk Baugh

Kitsune Tsuki
Kitsune Tsuki

In feudal Japan, a warlord has occupied the Ryuji Tsurugu no Kiyomori, who is a practitioner of the spiritual arts to keep his new bride safe from the fox spirit reported to be close. Tsuru and Shishio Hitoshi, a shadow warrior, face a challenge in taking out the spiritual creature from the warlord’s house if there is any. There will be a lot of secrets and shadows going on in this book.

The Great Yokai Encyclopedia – Richard Freeman

10 best books on Japanese mythology (The Great Yokai Encyclopedia)
10 best books on Japanese mythology (The Great Yokai Encyclopedia)

Richard Freeman went all out and wrote about every monster – a dragon that impregnates women, blood-sucking trees, perverse water goblins, cats that animate corpses, giant corpses eating bunnies, pigs that steal human genitals zombie whales, and whatnot.

Monotagari Tales of Japan – Elena N. Grand

Monotagari Tales of Japan
Monotagari Tales of Japan

This book is a collection of Japanese folklore that includes jokes, miracles, legends, illustrations of the renowned Katsushika Hokusai. This book will present the Japanese civilization in the classical period.

A Treasury of Japanese Folktales – Yuri Yasuda

10 best books on Japanese mythology (A Treasury of Japanese Folktales)
10 best books on Japanese mythology (A Treasury of Japanese Folktales)

This book written by Yuri Yasuda includes 12 of the greatest Japanese legends and some astonishing illustrations and tales that have been told generation after generation to children.

The Book of Yokai – Michael Dylan Foster

The Book of Yokai
The Book of Yokai

Another Yokai book, this one is written by Michael Dylan Foster. These creatures are of different shapes and sizes. Presently they are popular in computer games, manga, anime, and films. After years of research, Michael Foster has jotted down the history, the roots, cultural context, and the hunters of the Yokai.

The Japanese Fairy Book – Yei Theodora Ozaki

10 best books on Japanese mythology (The Japanese Fairy Book)
10 best books on Japanese mythology (The Japanese Fairy Book)

This book is originally written by Sazanami Iwaya and translated by Yei Ozaki. This consists of 22 tales that have ogres, ghouls, goblins, sea kings and serpents, magical birds, dragons, prince and princesses, and more.

Yokai Attacks! – Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda

Yokai Attacks!
Yokai Attacks!

Yokai are like ghosts, spirits, or whatever term you could match with that sort. Everyone has their definition and description about how they look and the kind of features and special abilities they possess. This book is composed after gathering information from various sources including 18th-century movie illustrations.

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