Incident at a Japanese Inn takes place inside the walls of the Tsuta Ryokan, a Japanese guest house made by yōkai for yōkai. In the first two sections of the novel, The Shrine War and The Inugami, I introduce the reader to only two types of Japan's hundreds of yōkai: Kitsune (illusion-casting anthropomorphic foxes) and Inugami (anthropomorphic canine slaves created by a dark and evil Daoist sorcery). I also very briefly introduced two onis, generic Japanese dæmons.
In An Incident at a Japanese Inn I am opening my literary universe to a number of yōkai races:
- Tengu, a sort of bird-like creature
- Nekomata, a fork-tailed cat
- Tanuki, raccoon dogs and I will play down their...let's say, prominent assets.
- Yanari aka House Creakers: little tiny goblins that make the floors of your house creak.
- Mujina, a shapeshifting badger
As always, stay tuned. The adventure will be a lot of fun.