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Our ‪#‎JapanLoverMeYōkai‬ for today is about one of our favorites (and also as you requested), the kitsune (fox).

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Ever witnessed rainfall on a sunny day?

Kitsune no yomeiri is when the kitsune marry their own kind (supposedly, they usually like to seduce and marry human beings). It is said that this happens so rarely that it calls forth something nearly as impossible: a “sunshower”, or rain from the sunny skies. This phenomenon is called Kitsune-ame, or “fox rain”.

It is also said that the kitsune summons a sunshower on its wedding day so that humans will not trespass the ceremony, because rain makes the mountains slippery and hard to climb, where, it is said, the wedding ceremony is usually held.

People usually view this as a good omen, because a rainbow, a sign of hope, usually appears right after a sunshower.

Illustration by: Little Miss Paintbrush

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Chōchin-obake (提灯お化け – paper lantern ghost)

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One of the usual summer activities in Japan is scary story-telling! The “chilling experience” brought by these tales about yōkai (ghosts), sometimes more comical than scary, provides an unusual comfort for the hot weather.

One of the famous yōkai of Japanese folktales is the Chōchin-obake (提灯お化け – paper lantern ghost) or more commonly called “Burabura”.

“APPEARANCE: When a paper lantern, or a chōchin, reaches an advanced age, it sometimes becomes a chōchin obake. The paper splits along one of its wooden ribs, forming a gaping mouth with a wild, lolling tongue. One or two eyes pop out of the upper half of the lantern, and occasionally arms or legs may sprout from its body as well.

BEHAVIOR: Like the karakasa-kozō, it rarely causes physical harm, preferring simply to surprise and scare humans, laughing and rolling its large tongue and big eyes at guests in the home. Source: http://yokai.com/chouchinobake

Illustration by: Little Miss Paintbrush heart emoticon

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