Satoshi Higa

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Okayama girl, 5, honored for knowledge of 'yokai' monsters

National Feb 15, 2016

Okayama girl, 5, honored for knowledge of 'yokai' monsters

Five-year-old Mana Umemoto has become the youngest person ever to receive the title Doctor of Yokai Monsters. Umemoto, from Bizen, Okayama Prefecture, has passed the beginners' level exam that tests knowledge of the yokai creatures of Japanese folklore. These are spiritual beings that inhabit tales ...