The Metaphorical World of Yōkai

How Natsume’s Book of Friends Uses Yōkai as a Metaphor for Queerness: Intro & Part 1

Rupa Jogani
Aug 21, 2019 · 15 min read

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD for Natsume’s Book of Friends. Consider this your one and final warning.

There are moments we find ourselves walking down a path we’ve followed countless times on the way to a familiar place where monotony becomes the norm. Then, suddenly, we encounter something from “the other side” — something fantastic, a surreal dream, a reminder of death. Those manifestations of the “other” serve…