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

National Feb 15, 2016

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

by Satoshi Higa

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 ...

Online campaign begins to pick most popular local Japanese monster

National Nov 19, 2015

Online campaign begins to pick most popular local Japanese monster

An ad agency is running an online campaign to select the most popular local monster from the nation's 47 prefectures to raise money for reforestation and environmental conservation. Website visitors donate money to their favorite monster's total when on the "Gotochi Kaiju" (local monster) website ...