Yuki-furi-nyudo (Snowfall monk 雪降り入道) / Yuki-nyudo (Snow monk 雪入道)

Yuki-furi-nyudo appears in tales from Nagano. He is also called Yuki-furi-bozu (another word for monk). He appears as a giant monk* in the snow, but he wears a bag on his head, his clothing is torn, and he wears a raggedy kimono. He also wears a 蓑笠 minokasa (a straw raincoat and bamboo hat). Evidently,… Continue reading Yuki-furi-nyudo (Snowfall monk 雪降り入道) / Yuki-nyudo (Snow monk 雪入道)


Yuki-onna’s Gratitude (雪女の恩返し)

Translated from Long ago there was a poor couple and a rich couple living in a village. One night, there was a snowstorm. A beautiful young woman in a white kimono knocked on the door of the rich couple's house. "I am a traveler caught in this terrible snowstorm. Would you allow me to… Continue reading Yuki-onna’s Gratitude (雪女の恩返し)


Snow Wife (雪女房)

The story below is mostly from the radio show I listen to, but there are two other versions of it I found online which I incorporated a little: (variation in this one the couple has a child, although given the time frame, I'm not really sure how that's possible) (more traditional I think)… Continue reading Snow Wife (雪女房)


Sogi’s Tales from Many Lands, Scroll 5 (宗祇諸国物語, 巻5)

Translated from I heard deep snow accumulates in Echigo every year and that new snow begins to fall even as the final remains of the previous year's snow are at last disappearing. The people of that country are used to it and do not find it to be a particular hardship, but I, Sogi,… Continue reading Sogi’s Tales from Many Lands, Scroll 5 (宗祇諸国物語, 巻5)


Snow Daughter (雪娘)

Aired Feb. 17, 2012 From Miyagi As told by Mizuko Katoh, retold by Toshio Ozawa Long ago, an elderly couple lived alone. They had no children, but wanted a child. One winter, during a snowstorm, they heard a baby's crying voice. They wondered what a baby could be doing in a snowstorm and opened the… Continue reading Snow Daughter (雪娘)

Benevolent, Malevolent

Yamanba (山姥)

The lovely lounger depicted to the left is Yamanba (also called  Onibaba, Kijo, Yama-onna, or Yama-hime). She is a yokai that lives deep in the mountains. She has a raging apetite and in most stories, eats everything the victim has before eating the victim him/herself. She is also occasionally depicted as appearing as a helpful… Continue reading Yamanba (山姥)