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’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)