A-Yokai-A-Day 2016 Lineup

Well, A-Yokai-A-Day for 2016 is officially over.

I’d like to take this chance to one more time plug my Patreon project. If you enjoy A-Yokai-A-Day and want to get the same kind of thing year-round instead of just October, you will love my Patreon project. You can subscribe for as little as $1 a month, and it gets you access to my sketches and backstory for each yokai. At higher levels, I will mail you postcards with original yokai doodles on them each month, or even send you a new yokai print every month! And all backers get input on which yokai I paint next, so if you are impatiently waiting for me to complete your favorite yokai, this is how you get me to do it!


In case you missed any of the entries, here is a list of all the yokai featured on the site last month. Click below to read any of the entries you missed:


A-Yokai-A-Day 2016: Tatarimokke

Hello everyone! Tonight is the first of October, and for this site that means it’s time for A-Yokai-A-Day! Every day this month I will highlight a different yokai on this blog. Our first yokai comes as a request from my … Continue reading

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A-Yokai-A-Day: Maneki neko

While we had owls yesterday, today I want to showcase another Halloween staple: cats! Although this cat is not bad luck like a black cat, but instead is a symbol of very good luck. In fact, you’re probably already familiar … Continue reading


A-Yokai-A-Day: Abe no Seimei

Owls and cats are of course staples of Halloween lore, but what about the people who use them? That’s right, I’m talking about wizards, witches, and warlocks! This week I will be detailing the most famous Japanese wizard and some of … Continue reading

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A-Yokai-A-Day: Katashiro

Today we continue with our “wizard week” theme. While we saw Japan’s most famous wizard last night, for the rest of the week we will be looking at a number of magical spells. Today we’ll start with a common type … Continue reading


A-Yokai-A-Day: Wara ningyō

Another day, another yokai! Today we continue wizard week with another type of doll. While we looked at paper dolls yesterday, today’s is a straw doll called wara ningyō. Like other dolls, wara ningyō can be used as purification objects. They … Continue reading


A-Yokai-A-Day: Shikigami

What kind of witch or wizard would be complete without a familar—that little helper animal that is used and abused by the spellcaster and performs all kinds of tasks for its baster? Today on A-Yokai-A-Day we dive deeper into wizard … Continue reading


A-Yokai-A-Day: Ichijama

We’ve spent a lot of “wizard week” looking at the tools of the trade—paper dolls, stray dolls, familiar spirits—as well as the main man himself, Abe no Seimei. Now that you know all about what Japan’s sorcerers use, it’s time … Continue reading


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