These yokai sushi look they’re about to jump off your plate. A Japanese illustrator who goes by the pen-name Hanabiyori Tatami imagined these ghoulish creations, bringing various different types of sushi to life by imbuing them with yokai, a class of supernatural demons found in Japanese folklore.
There are innumerable yokai in Japanese folklore. And there is even a type of sushi that does derive its nomenclature from yokai. The kappamaki, a cucumber roll popular with children, gets its name from the kappa yokai, a river-dwelling imp that loves cucumbers.
The Kyushu-based Hanabiyori Tatami specializes in yokai illustrations, and has dreamed up other series of yokai as well like sake yokai, plant yokai, chochin lantern yokai and instant curry yokai.