Welcome to MatthewMeyer.net, the website of the author and illustrator of The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons and The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits.
Greetings yokai fans!
It’s been a busy day, but it’s not yet midnight on August 31st and I’ve finished the final ghost for this month. Phew!
I’m not sure why, but I really like Kasane. Maybe it’s the brutal nature of her exorcism, but it’s just a fun story.
The illustration is something that you don’t get to see in the main story: the ghost of Kasane going after the 6 wives of her bastard of a husband. She’s often depicted in ukiyoe as a hideous ghost carrying a bloody sickle. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish her from Oiwa, because they both have messed up faces, but you can usually tell it’s Kasane when you see either the bloody sickle, or a bridge in the background. I find it interesting that Japanese ghosts have these little symbols sort of in the same way that Christian saints do. It makes it helpful to tell them apart that’s for sure!
This is a long one, so be forewarned!
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