May 21

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Beware Of Ghost Owls!

GhostOwl

I saw this sign, and was quite nervous that Arisugawa Park was suffering from a dangerous infestation of owl ghouls, just waiting to swoop down on unsuspecting walkers’ heads waving their ghostly yuurei hands. While this might be preferable to Inokashira Park’s haunted toilet, I was relieved to discover that this rather cryptic graphic actually warns of falling branches.

Yuurei

Yuureis of yore. Bed head and limp wrists are a sure sign you’re being haunted.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

The painting on the left is by Maruyama Oukyo and the woodblock print on the right is by Yoshitoshi.