AUDIO: Japan's monsters (begins at Minute 11:00)
The worst part for Japan, however, is the spiritual impact of so many more tragically killed victims not crossing over to ordinary rebirths. The island is already overrun by strange "mythical" creatures (hungry ghosts, nagas, garudas, shape-shifters, fairies, demons, the Wyrd, ogres, sylphs, water dragons, and monsters) that litter the individual imagination and national psyche. Zen Buddhist and Shinto priests do what they can to soothe nervous victims of the supernatural following the unbelievable human disaster. The variety and complexity of yokai boggles the mind and frustrates most attempts to catalog them. But Richard Freeman has put together an encyclopedia, The Great Yokai: The A to Z of Japanese Monsters. He talked about it on Coast to Coast, American paranormal radio.
Yokai is a broad term ranging from a 1000-foot long water dragon to a dog with shape-shifting testicles it uses as weapons, a cat that animates dead bodies, ghosts of every kind, and bizarre entities with no Western parallel.
Some yokai are based on real animals, such as Japan's raccoon dog, which is said to possess mystical powers. Others appear to be deformed humans, like the Rokurokubi -- a woman whose neck grows extremely long and serpentine.
The aftermath of Fukushima reactor failures seeping radiation into the environment while the US government contemplates building more publicly-subsidized, privately-profitable nuclear power plants (RT.com/TEPCO).
The sightings of dragon-like creatures in Asia continues suggesting that they may be based on a large, elongated marine reptile unknown to consensus-reality science. Freeman also details an elephant-like creature that sucks up nightmares with its trunk, a giant upright-walking rabbit that eats corpses, and a whale-sized flesheating sea cucumber that grows out of the discarded knickers of a girl.
Science does not want to be left behind. So there have been various expeditions to find unknown animals, including his hunt for the mysterious Asian Bigfoot, such as the human-like Orang Pendek often seen in Sumatra.