Our #JapanLoverMeYōkai for today is the Kasa-obake (傘おばけ) or the “paper umbrella ghost”. It is commonly called as Karakasa.
“APPEARANCE: These silly-looking yokai are transformations of Chinese-style oiled-paper umbrellas. They have either one or two legs (upon which they hop around wildly), a single large eye, and a long, protruding tongue.
BEHAVIOR: The karakasa kozō is not particularly fearsome as far as yokai go. Its favorite method of surprising humans is to sneak up on them and then deliver a large, oily lick with its enormous tongue, although this is often traumatic enough. Caution is advised, however, as there are other umbrella tsukumogami which are dangerous to humans, and care should be taken not to confuse them with this more playful spirit.http://yokai.com/
“Tsukumogami” are ordinary household items that have come to life when they have reached one hundred years old.
Illustration by: Little Miss Paintbrush
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