Types of Mythology
There is an endless number of legends and folklore in Japan’s
colorful history and trying to identify them one-by-one could
take quite a while. The best way to look for a specific folktale
is by knowing its topic. This is because Japanese legends and
folklore are classified according to the topic of which these
mythologies are about.
Among the popular topics are gods, goddesses, beasts, dragons,
ghosts, spirits, people, locations, artifacts, and workshop.
With the wealth of tales under their category, some topics even
have their own names such as Kami (gods and goddesses), Ryu (dragons),
Youkai (spirits), Obake (beasts), and Yurei (ghosts).