Category Archives: Japanese

Weasels on the Wind

Another mythical Japanese creature, or yokai, that came up in the Pokémon videos I talked about last week is the kamaitachi, the probable inspiration for the Sneasel. The name kamaitachi literally means “sickle weasel,” and that’s basically what they are, … Continue reading

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Such Shellfish Women

I’m not really not that knowledgeable about Pokémon, but I have played Pokémon Yellow and picked up a few other things here and there. These are mostly about the original Pokémon, though, and there have been so many others since … Continue reading

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Dragon Divinity

I can think of a few different video games with dragon gods, or at least dragons with celestial powers. I suppose that fits in with the East Asian conception of dragons, where they tend to be heavenly beings rather than … Continue reading

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Dragons Is the Craziest Peoples

It seems like dragons becoming human or humans becoming dragons is a pretty common theme. I guess it makes sense for a person who turns into animals to become a dragon, as they’re big, powerful, and often intelligent as well. … Continue reading

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What’s Up, Dokkaebi?

Dokkaebi are generally identified as Korean goblins. Information I’ve found about them online generally makes clear that this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re evil, but then, neither are European goblins. There are many different sorts of goblins, just as there are … Continue reading

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Sinking the Stinking One

The Storm Runner, by J.C. Cervantes – This is another book from the Rick Riordan Presents label, and there’s a definite pattern to most of these. A kid who has trouble fitting in with their peers finds out they’re the … Continue reading

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Toilet Terrors

There was a link on Twitter to this article on ghosts that haunt Japanese bathrooms, and I thought that might be a topic worth addressing myself. Bathrooms can be pretty scary places anyway, but usually the fear is more that … Continue reading

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