" Look, Eleanor, put it this way. When people believed the Earth was flat, the idea of a round world scared them silly. Then they found out how the round world works. It's the same with the world of the supernatural. Until we know how it works, we'll continue to carry around this unnecessary burden of fear. "
-Dr. John Markway from The Haunting of Hill House (1963)
"What is a ghost? An emotion, a terrible moment condemned to repeat itself over and over? An instant of pain, perhaps? Something dead which appears at times alive. A sentiment suspended in time ... like a blurry photograph ... like an insect trapped in amber." -The Devil's Backbone
If there is a place on the Earth where all kinds of ghousts and demons can be found it is Japan.
Japan is rich in folklore stories. If we are used to demons, angels and some supernatural being thanks to fairy tales and Hollywood films, Japan has a lot to tell you about the other side of the world. You will be surprised to know that Japanese mystique creatures are the object in different researches. Though there is still huge unexplored area here.
In Demon edition we continue our hard work on Japanese culture, history and life. This time we invite you to get acquainted with world full of magic, dreams and mystery!
So cross the bridge between real and unreal world and let the adventure begin!
Games include all symbols of Japanese alphabets: hiragana, katakana, Bonus hiragana, Bonus Katakana.
Game includes: gameboards, cards and a book with the catalogue of supernatural creatures with their photo and story.
Available characters: ghosts, demons and phantoms.
The design of gameboards is mysterious, sacramental, impressive and terrifying!
Wellcome our supernatural characters!
Yamaoroshi (山颪 or やまおろし)
Yama-oroshi was actually one of my favorite Yokai discoveries -- its whole existence is based on a pun, & there's just something so delightfully random about a radish grater monster!
One of the Belarusian national dishes is pancakes - small fried fritters shabby on barbed grater (in Belarusian language - tarkavanaga, passed through the "Tarka Turk") potatoes. I do not know if there is an analogue of such a dish in Japanese cuisine, but what exactly is on the island a special float-squabble for vegetables. And, tellingly, in a sense, it is even a sacred thing. For reaching a hundred years old, or hitting some weird circumstances, the subject of Japanese household can turn into Yamaoroshi.
Yamaoroshi's classic look - a humanoid with a three-toed clawed hands and two fingers on his feet. Thence fingers are also provided with enviable claws. But the main feature of this character is a float, which forms the head Yamaoroshi. Funny is his nose - a trowel handle, by the way. Yamaoroshi first appears in the latest collection Sekiena "illustrated collection of 100 randomly selected demons" (Gazu Hyakki Tsurezure Bukuro, 画 図 百 鬼 徒然 袋), seen the light in 1784. Then in popularity, flowers, fans of his image actually canonized, and although today this kind Tsukumogami can not be called super popular, it is nevertheless known.
Acrylic on text scanned from Sears Roebuck Catalog of 1897.
Kitsune are from Japanese folklore and are Japanese foxes. A kitsune can have up to nine tails, depending on its age, wisdom and power. The only way to kill a kitsune is to cut off all of its tails, as it is said that one of the tails is its main tail and the source of all its power. Not knowing which tail is the main one, one would have to cut off all its tails to kill it.One, five, seven, and nine tails are the most common numbers in folk stories. When a kitsune gains its ninth tail, its fur becomes white or gold.
Abumi-guchi 鐙口 (あぶみくち)
It is a small furry creature which begins its life as a small loop that is used for fastening the stirrup of the generals. When the person dies in the battle, the stirrup will sometimes forget the battlefield, and then Abumi-guchi appeares, old stirrup becomes his mouth, and a rope running from the saddle turnes in his limbs. It is believed that Abumi-guchi is alone, like a faithful dog, expects his master, who will never return.
Azuki-arai - Azuki Bean Washer other names: Adzuki-arai 小豆洗い (あずきあらい)
In the shallows of mountain streams throughout Japan, you can hear sound coming from this fabulous demon, this sounds like the way if someone washes Asuka red beans (azuki). Sometimes you can also hear this song here:
Azukitogōka, hitotottekuoka, shokishoki
"Should I pan beans, or do I catch someone? Shoki Shoki?"
Despite these songs (they like it), Asuka-Arai, is actually a very timid creature, and all its harm to people is just that someone might be frightened by his sudden singing, and when someone gets to him close, you can hear just how quickly he swam away. Even though it is very common, all just heard Asuka, Arai, and few can boast that met it, but those who have seen describe it this way: it's a little old man or old woman, behaving like a little rebonok.
LET'S MAKE A GREAT STORY!
Each edition includes:
- 32х game boards (perfect for 1-32 players).
- 107х cards with alphabet signs
- 1х Instructions
- 32х tip-boards
- 80 action cards
- 288 game money cards
- colorful box
+ Demon pack of learning materials
+Demon cards of action
+ A mystique story book about demons and other creatures!
In each edition a wonderful story is waiting for you!