Ghostly lore in Japan includes a host of weird and diverse supernatural creatures known collectively as yokai. One night as the sundry ghouls and goblins are making their procession, a yokai named Koharu drops out of line and begins falling. He lands in the yard of a secondhand goods dealer named Kizo; the two meet, and Koharu decides to stay. Kizo is a youthful 20, but besides being gruff and unfriendly, he has a countenance that could scare even a ghost. Koharu, on the other hand, has the appearance of a sweet little boy even though he professes to be a truly fearsome yokai. The two become caught up in all manner of supernatural disturbances during the Meiji era, and invariably play a role in resolving each one.
Abandoned by his mother as a child, Kizo had retreated into himself and become a misanthrope, but now he is forced to interact with others?including his half-sister Miyuki, the handsome but irresponsible Hikoji, and a large cast of yokai?and little by little he begins to open his heart.
Ultimately each of us is alone in this world, but author Emel Komatsu’s gentle yet forceful message is that this reality itself is what drives us to seek companions with whom to share our journey and offer mutual support. Komatsu’s maiden work, the book became an immediate hit and was turned into a series with six volumes appearing to date and combined sales surpassing 200,000.