Snapshots with Creepy Creatures: Japanese Town Introduces “Yōkai” Benches (Japan in Photos)

Visitors to Fukusaki in Hyōgo Prefecture can snap selfies with creepy yōkai on seven new benches to be placed around the town. It is the birthplace of folklorist Yanagita Kunio (1875–1962), who gathered tales about supernatural creatures passed down through oral tradition. A first bench with the figure of a water-dwelling kappa was built outside Fukusaki Station last year. The new benches include a winged red tengu and the one-eyed child hitotsume kozō. Authorities hope the hair-raising seats will boost tourism. (© Jiji)

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