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)


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)



Kainade is a yokai that lurks in toilets in old Kyoto houses. People believe Kanaide only appears on the night of February 3rd, a holiday called Setsubun (the evening before the first day of spring). Like many yokai, it's a little unclear exactly what Kanaide's intent is other than to frighten people. The story goes… Continue reading Kainade