When I visited Japan several years ago I had a strange encounter. I saw a mysterious creature, a yokai.
It was during a walking tour. My sister and I were climbing up a long set of stairs toward a temple gate. Ahead of us we noticed some Japanese girls taking photos and exclaiming excitedly. What was this about? We climbed faster. In the bushes just off to the side, less than three feet away, we glimpsed a Japanese tanuki.