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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

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狼の眉毛 — The Wolf’s Eyebrow

It was harder than I thought it would be to find an unaltered version of this tale online. Most people seem to feel the main character needs a happier ending. I translated the version below from this site, where the author clearly points out what parts they have altered to make a happier story. I… Continue reading 狼の眉毛 — The Wolf’s Eyebrow

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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)

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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)

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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

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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)