Shipped to subscribers on September 1st, 2021.
The September 2021 Cryptid Crate has a Yokai theme.
We've had a number of requests to try some more diverse international themes, so we thought Yokai would be a fun one. Yokai are Japanese entities that are pretty analogous to paranormal and cryptids. We hope you enjoy this crate! We had a lot of fun putting it together.
-Cryptid Cafe T-Shirt - MSRP $20
-Yokai Sticker Sheet - Book MSRP $3
Riyoko Iwamoto contributed both the art for the shirt and the sticker sheets. Make sure to check out their Etsy store for more great items!
-Yokai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survivial Guide
By Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt with Illustrations by Tatsuya Morino
Yokai are ethereal sorts of beings, like ghosts, nearly always encountered at night; everyone has their own take on how they might look in real life and what sorts of specific characteristics and abilities they might have. This book is the result of long hours spent poring over data and descriptions from a variety of sources, including microfilms of eighteenth-century illustrations from the National Diet Library in Tokyo, in order to bring you detailed information on almost 50 of these amazing creatures for the first time in English.
Illustrations, created by the talented Tatsuya Morino, detail the potential appearance of each yokai. Alongside each illustration is a series of "data points," with each yokai's significant features at a glance—especially handy for any potential close encounters.
Yokai Attack! will surely convince you that Japan's tradition of fascinating monsters is a long one—yet far from being history.
Book 1 of 3 in the Yokai Attack! series. Others include Ninja Attack! and Yurei Attack!.
-Bakekujira Enamel Pin - MSRP $8.00
Enamel pin of the Bakekujira, which is reported to be an animate whale skeleton that floats on the surface of the sea.
-Kasa-obake Lanyard Fan - $6.00
Featuring art by Blair Webb of Fright Night Sketches. A bit hard to tell from the pic, but it is an orange on blue. The fan folds up and can be worn on the lanyard.
BONUS ITEM INCLUDED ONLY FOR SUBSCRIBERS
-Tenome Button - $4.00
The Yokai with eyes on its hands.
-Yurei FrightMark - $3.00
Artwork of the Yurei Yokai paranormal entity on one side with a terrifying poem on the other. This bookmark is part of the FrightMark series. You can check out more of their bookmarks here.
I didn’t know that many Japanese cryptids exited. The book was a definitely must as I never would know what they are called and do. I am a little disappointed with the T-shirt as I often et asked what it is! All I can say is ? I would prefer the shirts to have English than a foreign language. I hope you will not do Chinese. It’s my own personal preference. I’m a big fan of your boxes. I haven’t been disappointed until this one. I just don’t understand I guess this month’s box. I hope you do a witch and wizard box sometime.
This was a very interesting crate on a subject I don't know much about. I'm especially enjoying the excellent book. Thanks!