Japanese popular culture is replete with references to ghosts, demons, shapeshifters, and monsters (yokai). Anyone who watches Japanese anime, reads Japanese manga, or enjoys Japanese films or literature will have come across references to yokai. But why should we be wary of foxes or tanuki (badger dogs)? What happens if you run into a nurikabe (damp wall)? In this course, we will learn how to "arm ourselves with knowledge" to be able to understand the power and influence of the monster culture in Japan.