Visit 10 Famous Japanese Ghost Stories on the 百物語怪談会 Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai blog for a great collection of spooky tales.
Searching for scary Japanese ghosts, I came across the legend of bakeneko, cats that shape-shift into humans, or near humans. They are tormentors and tricksters.
They appear as a popular monster in kabuki productions, like the one pictured here.
Visit Bakeneko — The Changing Cat on the Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai blog to learn all about this spirit’s origins and some of its stories.