It’s almost October, and if you’re a long-time reader of this website, you know what that means: A-Yokai-A-Day!
A-Yokai-A-Day is my project where, during the entire month of October, I feature a different yokai illustration on my website each day and tell you a little bit about it. I started this project in 2009 as a way to celebrate Halloween while living in Japan, and to share a little bit of the folklore of the country I was living in with the internet.
Since then, the project has spawned two books (The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons and The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits), a Patreon project, and yokai.com. It’s been a wonderfully fun project every year, and I love the challenge of introducing so many new yokai to people in such a short time during Halloween season.
Over the years the project has evolved a little bit. Instead of posting all of the yokai descriptions here on matthewmeyer.net, in recent years I have been posting the yokai writeups on yokai.com and go into a meta discussion here on this blog. So on this site I’ll post about my research and translation process, the creation process of the image, why I selected certain yokai to do, and other stories about the creation of each entry. On yokai.com I’ll post the actual entries for each yokai, so for those of you who want to go straight to the meat of the substance without the appetizer, you can head straight to yokai.com to read.
I’m really excited for the project and I hope you are too. There’s only a few more days to go! And remember, you can help support this project year-round by becoming a backer of my project on Patreon!