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10 Japanese Woodblock Paintings That Are Just Too Creepy

Woodblock printing is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originated in China. But it was used by Japanese in antiquity as a method of printing on textiles and later paper. This beautiful technique was used to create some of the most amazing art works and also some extremely terrifying images. 

 

10 Japanese Woodblock Paintings That Are Just Too Creepy

10 Japanese Woodblock Paintings That Are Just Too Creepy

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These paintings send one hell of a message!

These paintings send one hell of a message!

The Laughing Demon

 The Laughing Demon

"Wait, was this head yours?"

The Priest Raigo of Mii Temple Transformed By Wicked Thoughts into a Rat.

The Priest Raigo of Mii Temple Transformed By Wicked Thoughts into a Rat.

Oiwa the Lantern Ghost

Oiwa the Lantern Ghost

It's creepy when even the spirits of your ancestors mock you.

Portrait of Oiwa

Portrait of Oiwa

This is a poster from Japan's most popular anti-smoking campaign.

Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre

Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre

Okiku the Well Ghost

Okiku the Well Ghost

This banshee serpent lady is in a pretty chilling mood.

Ashinaga and Tenaga Fishing

Ashinaga and Tenaga Fishing

Okay … So 1..2…3…4…..There are too many limbs going on here.

The Sailor Tokuso and the Sea Monster

The Sailor Tokuso and the Sea Monster

A Ghost Appears to Kingo Chunagon

A Ghost Appears to Kingo Chunagon

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