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The Yokai Files – Oni and Setsubun

Today is the 1st of February which means in two days  it’ll be time for Setsubun. Setsubun is the day which marks the start of the new season, though the most significant of these is the spring setsubun (or Risshun).

The spring setsubun is a chance for a fresh start, much like New Year’s day it’s a chance to stop the bad and usher in the good. (more…)


The Yokai Files – Hashi Hime

This week I made a trip to Uji to try and find the shrine dedicated to this lovely lady – Hashi Hime (illustrated here by Demonicangel-Bayou from Deviant Art).

Hashi Hime, literally ”The Bridge Princess’, is somewhat a rarity in yokai circle as she started life as human who transformed herself into a vengeful yokai by sheer willpower. The name appears in many tales and she herself in many incarnations. Perhaps the most famous variation is that of the jealous wife who is driven to distraction by her husband’s infidelity and swears revenge.

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The Yokai Files – Tanuki – Ceramics and Saviours

Despite having posted about Tanukis just recently a couple of things happened that made me want to do an update.

Firstly, I went to the town of Shigaraki – the spiritual home of the ceramic Tanuki, producing a staggering number of  Tanuki figures.

Secondly, I remembered another nice story about a ceramic Tanuki saving Kyoto, and that I had photos of the shrine dedicated to that Tanuki.

Lastly, an update will be a great excuse to show you all a rather famous Japanese TV commercial featuring those huge testicles.

So here you are, a second helping of Tanuki goodness.

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