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 ...

From Paris to Seoul, death of manga artist Mizuki is mourned

National Dec 1, 2015

From Paris to Seoul, death of manga artist Mizuki is mourned

Manga artist Shigeru Mizuki's global following has been making itself felt since his death Monday. Mizuki, whose real name was Shigeru Mura, was best known in Japan for his "GeGeGe no Kitaro" series depicting yokai, the spirits and monsters of traditional folklore. In an online article ...

Renowned 'GeGeGe no Kitaro' manga artist Shigeru Mizuki dies at 93

National Nov 30, 2015

Renowned 'GeGeGe no Kitaro' manga artist Shigeru Mizuki dies at 93

Cartoonist Shigeru Mizuki, known for his "GeGeGe no Kitaro" series depicting yokai, the spirits and monsters of Japanese folklore, died Monday of multiple organ failure at a Tokyo hospital, his office said. He was 93. Mizuki, whose real name was Shigeru Mura, was hospitalized Nov. ...

Okayama girl, 5, youngest to be deemed 'yokai' ghost world expert

National Nov 26, 2015

Okayama girl, 5, youngest to be deemed 'yokai' ghost world expert

A 5-year-old girl has become the youngest expert on Japan's yokai, a world of ghosts and other supernatural beings, according to the test organizers in the city of Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, where famous yokai manga artist Shigeru Mizuki comes from. Mana Umemoto, from the city ...