The Restaurant

Higanbana Sushi is a Yokai themed restaurant tied to a modern atmosphere/flavor. It is a place to meet new friends, celebrate special occasions or just enjoy an entertaining meal. The inspiration comes from Japanese cafes and their collection of eccentric themes. The restaurant is named after the Japanese translation of red spider lily flowers whom ,in japan, are considered to be the Flower of Death and are usually found in cemeteries. It directly ties to the numerous ghost stories and legends that revolve around a great number of Yokai. When is comes to our food, we approach the preparation of sushi with reverence.

We believe it takes at least 10 years to learn all of the techniques of preparing sushi rice, selecting and caring for the ingredients, and learning to form those ingredients into a work of art. Our talented chefs are constantly inspired with new technique and palate of flavors. Our menus are designed with three concepts in mind: fresh, healthy, and delicious taste that will make you keep coming back for more. From our home-made dressing and sauces, to the fresh pick of the seas, our chefs are committed to provide you with exceptional cuisines that will nourish and indulge your appetite.

The Yokai

Yokai, 妖怪, are strange and supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore. The word is a combination of the characters 妖 (yō) — attractive, bewitching, calamity — and 怪 (kai) — mystery, wonder. Yokai is sometimes translated as monster, demon, spirit, or goblin, but it can encompass all of that and more. The world of yokai also includes ghosts, gods (kami), transformed humans and animals (bakemono), spirit possession (tsukimono), urban legends, and other strange phenomena. It is a broad and vague term, and nothing exists in the English language that quite describes it. Japanese folklore is an amalgamation of different traditions, with a foundation in the folk religions of isolated tribes living on the Japanese isles.

The oldest recorded histories of Japan go back to the 8th century and contain the creation myths and legendary prehistory of Japan.Yokai fell out of popularity during the Meiji restoration, when Japan rapidly modernized its society and culture. They were all but abandoned as a relic of a superstitious and embarrassing past. Today, the influence of yokai can again be seen in all aspects of Japanese culture, from manga and anime, to video games, brand labels, and even on Japanese currency.
Browse the illustrated database of Japanese yokai