千疋狼— A Thousand Wolves

This story is also told all over Japan in various forms. In some cases, the wolf is replaced by she-demon (Niigata) or a shape-shifting cat. The wolf version below is largely translated from a collection of folklore entitled, 日本の民話(四国編)(Japanese Folklore - Shikoku) compiled by Marihiko Fujiwara (藤澤衞彦)  and can be purchased in Japanese from various… Continue reading 千疋狼— A Thousand Wolves


Yuki-nodo (雪ノドウ)

A snow yokai from Gifu. It can appear in daytime or nighttime. Although it is blind in its true form, it can appear as a woman or a snowball. It visits mountain homes and asks for water. People should be wary of travelers asking for water, and should offer hot tea instead. If you give… Continue reading Yuki-nodo (雪ノドウ)


Yuki-furi-baba (lit. snowfall old woman 雪降り婆) / Shikkenken シッケンケン

Yuki-furi-baba is a yokai from Nagano. She appears as an old woman on days when snow is falling. She carries around string and ties up and abducts people she meets. What she does with the abductees is unknown. Shikkenken is also from Nagano. She also carries around string and ties up people before abducting them.… Continue reading Yuki-furi-baba (lit. snowfall old woman 雪降り婆) / Shikkenken シッケンケン


Yukinba (雪婆)

Yukinba is essentially a Yamanba variation on Yuki-onna from Ehime. Yukinba likes to come out on winter nights when snow is falling. Children are not allowed outside on such nights because Yukinba may abduct them (to eat). She is presumably one-legged as she leaves a track of solo footprints. According to the Edo Era scroll… Continue reading Yukinba (雪婆)


Yuki-onna (lit. “snow woman”) 雪女

Here we have the season-appropriate Yuki-onna. Yuki-onna is unquestionably the most famous snow yokai in Japan. Like Yamanba, she can be benevolent, but is mostly malevolent. Stories about her are most numerous in the Tohoku region of Japan -- where the most snow falls. She also has a variety of names including Yukijoro (雪女郎 in… Continue reading Yuki-onna (lit. “snow woman”) 雪女


Yuki-onna Gets Defeated (退治された雪女)

Also available in various texts online (although slightly different): Aired Feb. 24, 2012 Samurai were keeping watch on the outskirts of a town and camping out in the woods by the fire on a winter night. One of the samurai asked if the other had heard Yuki-onna was coming out and about recently. The… Continue reading Yuki-onna Gets Defeated (退治された雪女)


Yuki-onna (from Hokkaido)

Translated from: The site says the story is taken from Tales of Mystery from Hokkaido「北海道ふしぎふしぎ物語」by Ichido Goda (合田一道) and is titled, "Yuki-onna." The story takes place when Japan was trying to convince people to settle in Hokkaido so they could stake a stronger claim to the island than the Russians (circa 1869 to 1882);… Continue reading Yuki-onna (from Hokkaido)


Yuki-onna Leading a Cow (べこを連れた雪女)

Just a weird story from Yamagata I found and thought I ought to share^^ Translated from: ------------------------- As told by Shitsue Saito Long ago their lived a little brat named Takichi that didn't listen to his elders. Compared to other children his age, he was bigger and stronger, but he was an arrogant brat.… Continue reading Yuki-onna Leading a Cow (べこを連れた雪女)

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)