Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Book of the Week: Yurei Attack! The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide
You probably knew this was coming on some level. Maddy goes to Japan for 2 weeks, we're either going to have to put up with a slideshow of pictures she took, a bunch of stories about the food she ate, or something that we really don't care about. Well, you were wrong! I actually picked up several books on the trip, and I'd like to recommend a couple. Yes--all of them were about monsters, ghosts, or demons.
Japanese mythology is probably one that I've always sort of been lacking in. Not because I'm not interested, but because there's just so many different types of creatures in them. From old clothes and furniture to the embodiment of a really good or really bad feeling, everything seems to be able to become some kind of monster. Ghost movies always seem to follow the same thread, where some angry lady has long hair that gets everywhere, and regardless of a person's guilt in her death she is going to haunt the crap out of them. Well, I discovered through this awesome book that isn't just a film trope. It's part of their actual belief in ghosts, which is wildly different from our own. I can't recommend this enough if you really want to explore anything and everything about Japanese ghosts.