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Youkai (妖怪, "mystic apparition" or "mysterious calamity") is a term mostly associated with Japanese folk creatures and ghosts. The term can also apply broadly to anything that is a supernatural being or legend, from any culture. Because there are thousands of stories of magical beings around the world, the different types of youkai are endless. Alternatively, it is a common Japanese belief that after a certain amount of time, ordinary objects and animals gain life and personality, becoming a kind of youkai as well. In some cases even a normal human can become a youkai under the right conditions or vice versa.

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See Also

  • Wikipedia entry for youkai
  • Yokai.com, a site listing and describing a large number of youkai.