Yūrei-are figures in Japanese folklore, analogous to Western legends of ghosts. The name consists of two kanji, (yū), meaning “faint” or “dim” and (rei), meaning “soul” or “spirit.” Alternative names include (Bōrei) meaning ruined or departed spirit,(Shiryō) meaning dead spirit, or the more encompassing (Yōkai) or (Obake).
 
Yūrei-are figures in Japanese folklore, analogous to Western legends of ghosts. The name consists of two kanji, (yū), meaning “faint” or “dim” and (rei), meaning “soul” or “spirit.” Alternative names include (Bōrei) meaning ruined or departed spirit,(Shiryō) meaning dead spirit, or the more encompassing (Yōkai) or (Obake).