List of legendary creatures from Japan

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The following is a list of demons, ghosts, yōkai, obake, yūrei and other legendary creatures, which are notable in Japanese folklore and mythology.

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  • Ibaraki-doji - Offspring of an oni.
  • Ichiren-Bozu - Animated prayer beads
  • Ikiryō - Essentially a living ghost, as it is a living person's soul outside of their body.
  • Ikuchi - Sea-serpent that travels over boats in an arc while dripping oil.
  • Inugami - A dog-spirit created, worshipped, and employed by a family via sorcery.
  • Inugami Gyoubu - A type of tanuki.
  • Isonade - A fish-like sea monster with a barb-covered tail.
  • Issie - A lake monster.
  • Itsumade - A fire-breathing bird-like monster.
  • Ittan-momen - A possessed roll of cotton that attempts to smother people by wrapping itself around their faces.
  • Iyaya - A woman whose face is reflected as an old man.

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  • Raijin - The God of Thunder.
  • Raijū - A beast that falls to earth in a lightning bolt.
  • Rokurokubi - A person, usually female, whose neck can stretch indefinitely.
  • Ryuu - The Japanese dragon.

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  • Ubume - The spirit of a woman who died in childbirth.
  • Uma-no-ashi - A horse's leg which dangles from a tree and kicks passersby.
  • Umibōzu - A giant monster appearing on the surface of the sea.
  • Umi-nyōbō - A female sea monster who steals fish.
  • Ungaikyo - A possessed mirror.
  • Ushi-no-tokimairi
  • Ushi-oni - A name given to an assortment of ox-headed monsters.
  • Ushirogami
  • Uwan - A spirit named for the sound it shouts when surprising people.

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  • Waira - A large beast that lurks in the mountains, about which little is known.
  • Wani - A water monster comparable to an alligator or crocodile. A related word has been applied to the Saltwater crocodile.
  • Wanyūdō - A flaming wheel with a man's head in the center, that sucks out the soul of anyone who sees it.

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