Today I present another preview from my upcoming book. This yokai is a cute little thing called a Yamabiko. It looks like a cross between a monkey and a small dog. It’s name means “echo” and that it pretty much its only claim to fame. The Yamabiko is very very shy, and lives deep in the mountains, making its home in ancient camphor trees. It is a skilled mimic, and can copy any sound in nature, even human voices. Yamabiko live their lives away from humans and are thus rarely ever seen. The only real way to know a Yamabiko is nearby is when you call out in the mountains and your echo returns just a bit later than it should, or perhaps slightly altered from the original sound.