Tanuki is the common name for the Japanese raccoon dog. They have been part of Japanese folklore since ancient times. The legendary tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise, but somewhat gullible and absent-minded.

The Ghost of Oiwa (Yotsuya Kaidan)

A pretty young wife is weak from illness. The daughter of their neighbor has fallen in love with Oiwa’s husband. The neighbor sends medicine to Oiwa that ultimately destroys her beauty. In despair over her misfortune Oiwa kills herself. She later returns to haunt her husband until he commits suicide. This tale remains a popular […]