Malevolent

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)

Benevolent

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)

Malevolent

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