7/28/2022

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河童 / 合羽 / かっぱ / カッパ - Kappa, the Water Goblin of Japan!
River Imp, Water Sprite, River Monster



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Kappa are supernatural creatures which live both on land and in water. They are as tall as a four or five year old child. They have a beak-like snout, and fins on their hands and feet. They also have a shell on their back, and a water-filled dish on their head. As long as the dish is full of water, kappa keep their supernatural powers. Kappa are known for dragging people into the water and pulling out their livers through their anuses.

Although kappa harm people sometimes, there are also many tales where they have helped people. They are very curious. They often appear in cartoons because of their lovable images.

Kappa love sumo wrestling and cucumbers. That is why cucumber sushi rolls are called "kappa maki". "Okappa" are bobbed hairstyles because they look like the kappa's hairstyles. Kappa are excellent swimmers.
There is a saying "Kappa no kawa nagare (a drowning kappa)" which means, even an expert can make mistakes sometimes.

. Japanese Ghosts and Ghost Stories 怪談 kaidan .

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1/03/2022

Kappa with wings

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hane no haeta Kappa 羽の生えた河童 Kappa with wings

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Kappa with wings

Habitat: wetlands
Diet: omnivorous; as a kappa

Appearance:
Kappa are usually described as reptilian or amphibious creatures with features resembling turtles, frogs, or monkeys. Hane no haeta kappa, however, are a breed of kappa which bear a closer resemblance to chickens or pheasants. Their hind legs are clawed and bird-like, and instead of arms they have wings. Their bodies are covered in long, hair-like feathers, and they have long necks which can stretch.
Behavior:
Hane no haeta kappa live in wetlands such as ponds, marshes, and swamps. Despite their unusual appearance, they are very much like regular kappa.
Interactions:
Just as ordinary kappa are sometimes aggressive and dangerous towards humans, hane no haeta kappa are not without their dangers. These yōkai occasionally attack people—children in particular—who stray too close to their territory.
Legends:
A hane no haeta kappa was reported in the village of Yanagisawa (present-day Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture) in the summer of 1840. The creature lived in a nearby pond and had attacked two children from the village. On June 26, the villagers drained the pond and captured the kappa. A report of the incident described the kappa as feathered and having the ability to stretch its neck. The report was accompanied by an illustration of the monster.
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- 1840年櫛引道柳沢村で村人によって捕獲された河童
羽が生えていて首を伸ばすこともできた様子。
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1/02/2022

Pokemon

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Pokemon ポケモン Pocket Monsters


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Pokémon (an abbreviation for Pocket Monsters in Japan)
is a Japanese media franchise managed by The Pokémon Company, a company founded by Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures.
The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1996, and is centered on fictional creatures called "Pokémon".
In Pokémon, humans, known as Pokémon Trainers, catch and train Pokémon to battle other Pokémon for sport. All media works within the franchise are set in the Pokémon universe. The English slogan for the franchise is "Gotta Catch ‘Em All!".
There are currently 905 Pokémon species.
The franchise began as Pocket Monsters: Red and Green (later released outside of Japan as Pokémon Red and Blue), a pair of video games for the original Game Boy handheld system that were developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo in February 1996.
It soon became a media mix franchise adapted into various different media. Pokémon is estimated to be the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. The Pokémon video game series is the fourth best-selling video game franchise of all time with more than 380 million copies sold and one billion mobile downloads.
The Pokémon video game series spawned an anime television series that has become the most successful video game adaptation of all time with over 20 seasons and 1,000 episodes in 183 countries. The Pokémon Trading Card Game is the highest-selling trading card game of all time with over 34.1 billion cards sold.
In addition, the Pokémon franchise includes the world's top-selling toy brand, an anime film series, a live-action film (Detective Pikachu), books, manga comics, music, merchandise, and a temporary theme park. The franchise is also represented in other Nintendo media, such as the Super Smash Bros. series, where various Pokémon characters are playable.
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Yokai: The Folklore Roots of Pokémon

Kappa - Lombre
Tengu - Shiftry
Kotengu - Nuzleaf
Futakuchi Onna - Mawile
Kyubi no Kitsune fox - Ninetales
Amikiri to cut nets - Gligar
Sazae Oni - Slowbro / sazae snail (Turbo cornutus)
Baku - Drowzee
Jinmenju, or ninmenju - Exeggutor
Yamanba, Yamamba - Jynx
Nekomata cat - Espeon
Kamaitachi, Kama Itachi “sickle weasel" - Sneasel
Chochin Obake - Dusclops
Kirin - Suicune
Yuki warashi, Yukinbo - Snorunt
Hakutaku - Absol
Ho-O, hō-ō, hōō - Ho-Oh
Tsuchinoko - Dunsparce
Tatsu (Dragon) - Rayquaza
Wani (dragon-like monster) - Gyarados
Basan (chicken) - Magmar
Tanuki (badger) - Zigzagoon
Ungaikyo 雲外鏡 (mirror) - Bronzor
Yuki onna (snow woman) - Froslass
Fujin (God of Wind) - Tornadus
Raijin (God of Thunder) - Thundurus
Sogenbi (fire head) - Gastly

Matthew Meyer’s own website, - yokai.com -
is a highly-recommended, thoroughly-researched guide to the monsters, ghosts, and creatures of Japanese folklore.
His images are with permission of the artist.

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. Mingei 民芸 Regional Folk Art from Japan .

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3/08/2020

Takabozu yokai monster Shikoku

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Takaboozu 高坊主 Takabozu yokai (Large Priest)
Takataka Bozu タカタカ坊主



source : youkai.tou3.com

Takabozu is a Yokai.
It has the figure of a very large monk and appears on crossroads and in the mountains, to take people by surprise.
Kurobozu 黒坊主 is also used as an alternate name for other yokai like the Umibozu and Takabozu.

. umibōzu 海坊主 Umibozu, "sea monk", "sea bonze" .

Takabozu Daimyojin 高坊主 大明神

In some regions he is also called Takanyuudoo 高入道 Takanyudo, Taka-Nyudo
source : たかにゅうどう...

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Kuro Boozu 黒坊主 Kuro-Bozu, Kurobozu, Black Monk Yokai
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A kuro bōzu is a dark, shadowy yokai which looks somewhat like a bald-headed Buddhist monk—however, its exact appearance is vague and difficult to make out. It’s entire body is black, and it wears black robes. Its face has somewhat bestial features. It has a long tongue, and it reeks of rotting fish. Its hands and feet are said to be indiscernible. It can change its height rapidly, becoming a towering monster in an instant. It is extremely fast, and can run as fast as if it were flying.
source : yokai.com/kurobouzu...

source : cromagnon.jp/gallery/kurobouzu...


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Ehime 北条市 Hojo city

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Takataka boozu タカタカ坊主 Takataka Bozu Tanuki
. kawauso 獺魚 / カワウソ river otter .
A kawauso カワウソ otter liked to shapeshift into a Nobiagari monster or a タカタカ坊主 Takataka Bozu.
One lived in 横谷 Yokodani became ever larger if people looked up to him, but when they looked down at him, he shrank and disappeared.
The Takabozu from 丹原町 Tanbara town appeared on lonely evenings.
The Takabozu from 魚島村 Uoshima village and 重信町 Shigenobu town was really very small, 小坊主. When people looked at him, he grew large but soon disappeared.

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is a yōkai that can take many forms, most commonly in that of a priest or a living shadow.
The Nobiagari is known for creeping up behind people and, as soon as they turn around, growing quickly to a great height. This usually causes the person to look up too high and therefore fall over.
Although the Nobiagari is mostly harmless and does this as a prank, some may take this opportunity to attack the victim's neck.
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Ehime 松山市 Matsuyama city

. Hōkigami 箒神 Hokigami, Legends about the Broom Deity .
Takabozu comes instead of Hokigami to help with a birth.

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Until about 30 years ago in a place named 草場 Kusaba, children were told never to go playing there, since 高坊主 a Takabozu lived there.

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Ehime 越智郡 Ochi district 宮窪町 Miyakubo town

In 友浦 Tomoura a 高坊主 Takabozu appears sometimes.

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Ehime 越智郡 Ochi district 玉川町 Tamagawa town

Around 1870 there was 高坊主 a Takabozu, who scared the people on the road. If they gave him some food, he disappared.
This place is also called ウト Uto.

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Ehime 温泉郡 Onsen district 重信町 Shigenobu town

A man walked along a narrow path in a bamboo brove, Suddenly a young priest in white robes appeared. He grew bigger and bigger and eventually disappeared in the sky.

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A 高坊主 Takabozu appeared along the river 重信川 Shigenobugawa.
A man saw him from afar, stopped walking and closed his eyes. But he became curious and peeked a bit.
Every time he opened his eyes a bit, the person became bigger. When he was close to the river, the Takabozu changed into a kawauso カワウソ otter and disappeared.

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Ehime 東温市 Toon city

Shrine 飛梅天神社 Hibaiten jinja
In the bamboo grove of this shrine there is a small path, where sometimes the features of a young man (a 高坊主 Takabozu monster) in whige robes can be seen.
If someone sees it, the boy suddenly begins to grow and finally disappears.
飛梅天神社 (とびうめてんじんじゃ) Tobiume tenjin sha, 806 Kitanoda, Toon




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白山市 Hakusan city 河内町 Kawachi town

Tere is a slpoe in the village called 高坊主(タッカンボ) Takkanbo (local dialect for Takabozu).




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The master of the pond 山大寺池 Yamadaiji Ike is a huge higoi 緋鯉 red carp.
He had special powers and grew into 高坊主 a Takabozu to frighten the people.
He also shape-shifted into a beautiful woman and made mischief.
During strom storms he became quite wild.
During droughts he changed shape and flew up to heaven.

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Kagawa 木田郡 Kita district

The 高坊主 Takabozu of this area is really large. He often appears at road crossings.

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Kagawa 長尾町 Nagao town

At the local pass there was 高坊主 a Takabozu haunting the people.
One night a brave man tried to cross the pass. He saw one leg on each side of the mountain. When he looked up at the legs, he saw a huge man laughing. He tried to cut one of the legs. Since then nobody has met a Takabozu on this pass again.

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Kagawa 寒川町 Samukawa town

The 高坊主 Takabozu appears at night and chases people from behind.
If people try to run, the Takabozu runs too. If people go very slow, the Takabozu moves very slow too.
At a certain point the Takabozu always disappears.
The Takabozu does no special harm to people, but when they come home, they often fall ill from fear.




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橿原市 Kashihara city

. Atago Jinja 愛宕神社 Atago shrines of Japan .
Three children went to the festival at Atago Shrine but came running home in fear.
From a bamboo grove 高坊主 the Takabozu monster had come out and then disappeared into the nearby field.
This Takabozu did not have any legs and was clad in a white robe. It had disheveled yellow hair.

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. tanuki 狸 - mujina 狢 - racoon dog, badger legends .
A man was walking home in the evening when he saw two black 高坊主 Takabozu near the river.
Then he raalized it was only a Tanuki 狸 which had shape-shifted.




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Takanyuudoo 高入道 Takanyudo
In Awa in the 山城谷 Yamashirodani valley area the large Takabozu is called 高入道 Takanyudo.
In the valley 正夫谷 Shobudani (Ikawacho Iuchihigashi, Miyoshi, Tokushima) people can look down at him and then he will shrink.


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. Mingei 民芸 Regional Folk Art from Japan .

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3/07/2020

Kiko Onigomori Oita

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Kiko 鬼籠 (Onigomori) "ogre lurking" - Region in Oita
大分県 国東市 国見町鬼籠 Oita, Kunisaki city Kunimi town, Kiko


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Kikobashi, Onigomoribashi 鬼籠橋 Kiko bridge
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Kiko Kunisakito 鬼籠国東塔 Stone memorial in Kiko
about 165 cm high.
国東塔 (くにさきとう) Kunisakito is a type of stone memorial typical of the Kunisaki area.
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. Tengu 天狗と伝説 Tengu legends "Long-nosed Goblin" .

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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

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Narikama Narigama Kamanari

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Narikama 鳴釜 Narigama yokai / Kamanari 釜鳴

. Narukama-Shinji 鳴釜神事 ritual at Kibitsu Jinja, Okayama .
A boiling water pot is beaten and the sound that comes from doing so is used to determine if your wish will come true or not.

. Minakamidera 水上寺 Minakami-dera Fudo Temple .
釜鳴の法 ritual in Spring

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A tsukumogami Yokai originating from the myth of an iron kettle which could predict one's fortune.

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A Narikama (also called Narigama or Kamanari)
is one of Japanese yokai (ghosts, spirits and monsters) that was portrayed in Sekien TORIYAMA's yokai art collection book: "Hyakki Tsurezure Bukuro" (The Bag of One Hundred Random Demons; the term 'hyakki' in its title is a pun on the usual hyakki, replacing the character for demon which is written as "鬼" in Japanese with a character for vessel written as "器," and sure enough, most of the yokais shown in this book are tsukumogami [a type of Japanese spirits that originate in items or artifacts that have reached their 100th birthday and become alive]). It is a kind of the tsukumogami (specters transmuted from objects).
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Sekien portrayed the Narikama as a hairy yokai, putting a kama (a metal pot) on and holding a votive picture tablet in his hands as if it is doing fortune-telling. It is allegedly originated from the Narukama Shinji Ritual, practiced in Kibitsu-jinja Shrine in Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture. According to one legend, the ritual was started when an ogre named Ura or Onra, which had been killed by Kibitsuhiko no mikoto and become a deity to give divine messages to people through sounds of steam from an iron pot. Some say that the specter Narikama is this Ura portrayed as a tsukumogami of a kama based on the legend, thus depicting the kama as a specter.
In a similar way, there are other tales of divination by sounds from a kama. A farmer dug up an iron pot in a cist. When the farmer boiled water with the iron pot, it might sound, and whenever the pot made some sounds, it always rained on that day. Then it is said that the iron pot became famous as a weather forecaster.
Moreover, a kama yokai (metal pot specter) was portrayed in "Hyakki yagyo emaki" ('Night Parade of One Hundred Demons' picture scroll) in the Muromachi period, and the Narikama was supposedly modeled on it.
- source : japanese-wiki-corpus.. Narikama ...

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In many rural areas of Japan, there are legends about a kettle or hearth that makes a noise. This is often not seen as anything special or auspicious.

This penomen often happens in the New Year bewtwen the first ne no hi 子の日 day of the rat and i no hi 亥の日 day of the wild boar and is then seen as something bringing bad luck.
If a cattle starts making noise, a man has to wear woman's robes to make it stop.
A woman has to wear man's robes to make it stop.

If a kettle starts making noise, people hang some new underwear of a woman on the lid to stop it.

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banyo 婆女 demon hag, mother in law
If the kettle in the kitchen makes a noise, on has to call out Banyo (Demon Hag). This will stop the fire below the kettle and bring good luck.

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kane ga naru 鐘が鳴る a temple bell rings
Sometimes the kettle begins to make a noise while cooking rice for dinner. Sometimes the sound resembles that of a temple bell. Adjusting the fire it may sound like someone playing the lute. Sometimes the sound can be heard just three times and brings joy to those who hear it.

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. A 刀鍛冶 sword smith named 国員 Kunikazu .


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平鹿郡 Hiraka district 平鹿町 Hiraka town

When a local Sake dealer made rice wine and boiled rice in the large kettle, the kette started to make a noise like 「もんもん!もんもん!」 monmon mon mon .
This sound can be heared from close by and from far away.
So the Sake dealer sold the kettle, but from that day on his business went down and bancrupt.




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遠野市 Tono city

Once a shugenja 修験者 mountain priest came to the town and performed a Kamanari ritual.
He boiled water in a huge kettel, placed a large wooden bottle on it and placed a lit on it.
Then he performed some ritual prayers and called out " Now, Kettle, begin to make a sound!"
The kettle sounded in a high and deep voise and then stoped.
(Some say it was the voice of the skillful priest . . . )


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3/06/2020

Amabie and Epidemics

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Amabie アマビエ
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Amabie (アマビエ)
is a legendary Japanese mermaid who allegedly emerges from the sea and prophesies either an abundant harvest or an epidemic. There are other mermaids and mermen known by other names but considered identical.
The male amabiko (アマビコ, 天日子) or amahiko (尼彦, あま彦, 天彦),
the amahiko-nyūdo (尼彦入道), and
the elusive arie (アリエ)..


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- Legend
Amabie appeared in Higo Province (Kumamoto Prefecture) according to legend, around the middle of the 4th month, in the year Kōka-3 (mid-May, 1846) in the Edo era. A glowing object had been spotted in the sea, almost on a nightly basis. The town's official went to the coast to investigate, and witnessed the amabie. She had a mouth like bird's bill, and was covered in scales from the neck down. Addressing the official, she identified herself as an amabie and told him that she lived in the open sea. She went on to deliver a prophecy: "Good harvest will continue for six years,
if disease spreads show a picture of me to those who fall ill and they will be cured." Afterwards, she returned the sea. The story was printed in the kawaraban (woodblock-printed bulletins), where her likeness was printed, and this is how the story disseminated in Japan.

- Similar yōkai
A yōkai creature considered identical to Amabie is the merman named Amahiko (尼彦), which reputedly appeared in the sea of Higo Province. This Amahiko resembled Amabie in that it also made predictions of bountiful harvests or pestilence, and prescribed displaying the picture of his likeness in order to avoid catastrophe. The Amahiko Nyūdo (尼彦入道 "the amahiko monk") of Hyuga Province (Miyazaki prefecture) was another creature considered of the same kind, who appeared and pronounced his prophecy.

A similar creature named Arie (アリエ) appeared in "Aoshima-gun" county, Higo Province, according to the Yamanashi Nichinichi Shinbun newspaper dated 17 June 1876, although this report has been debunked by another paper. The Yūbin Hōchi Shinbun dated 10 June 1876 also carried an article about Amahiko.

The three creatures share these common characteristics:
1) appearance from the sea, 2) prediction of good harvest and the plague, and 3) a solution of disaster by showing the apparition's picture, and on that account have been considered identical.

The Amahiko no Mikoto (天日子尊 the holy Amahiko) was spotted in a rice paddy in Yuzawa, Niigata, as reported by the Tokyo Nichinichi shinbun dated 8 August 1875.
The Yamawarawa (山童 the mountain child- Kappa) in the folklore of Amakusa is believed to haunt the mountains. Although neither of these last two emerge from sea, other similarities such as prophesying indicate they belong to the same kind.
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. Mermaids .
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. coronavirus in Japan コロナウイルス - 2020 - COVID-19 .


. hayariyamai はやり病 / 流行病と伝説 Legends about epidemics .
densenbyoo 伝染病 Densenbyo contagious diseases / pandemic
ekiri 疫痢 plague

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Amabie with a fugu 河豚 blowfish for more power !
At the Shrine 亀山八幡宮 Kameyama Hachimangu




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下関・亀山八幡宮、アマビエ描いた御朱印郵送始める
新型コロナウイルスに対する不安を減らそうと、疫病退散に御利益があるとされる妖怪「アマビエ」を描いた御朱印が、山口県下関市中之町の亀山八幡宮で授与されている。御朱印は本来、参拝者に授与しているが、現在は境内に人が集まらないように希望者への郵送で対応している。
アマビエは、うろこに覆われた胴体や、長髪が特徴の半人半魚の妖怪。江戸時代に現在の熊本県沖に現れ、「疫病が流行したときは私の姿を絵に描いて人々に見せよ」と言い残して海に消えたとされる。ウイルス感染が拡大する中、芸能人やイラストレーターが疫病退散を願って描いたイラストをネット上に投稿したり、各地でグッズや和菓子が生まれたりしている。
亀山八幡宮は「(感染を懸念して)参拝を控える人たちの不安な気持ちが少しでも落ち着けば」と、アマビエの御朱印を発案。神職の見習いに当たる出仕の大鳥居奨(つとむ)さん(23)が宿直の夜にイラストを描いた。図案はアマビエがフグを持っている姿で、神職の竹中信彦さん(45)は「届いたら神社の方向へお祈りして、終息したときに参拝していただければ。疫病が去って福が来ることを願います」と話した。
フグを持つアマビエの御朱印
アマビエの御朱印は、他の御朱印(初穂料500~1000円)と一緒に授与している。郵送の申し込みなど問い合わせは亀山八幡宮社務所(083・231・1323)。
【佐藤緑平】
- reference source : Mainihci Shinbun 2020/05/13-




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fugu is a play of words with fuku, to bring good luck and happiness!
. fugu 河豚 / 鰒 / 鯸 / 魨 blowfish, puffer fish, globe fish .




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新型コロナ終息願う アマビエ像 Statue of Amabie
天草市の神社に、疫病から人々を守る熊本の妖怪とされる「アマビエ」をかたどった石像が祭られています。
石像は、天草市有明町の大島子諏訪神社の境内に今月11日に祭られました。
石像は高さ45センチで、墓石などに使われる灰色の「唐津石」を材料に、くちばしやうろこが立体的に作られていて、境内の参道横の、およそ1メートルの台座の上に祭られています。
神社の山浦一男宮司によると、明治時代、赤痢などの疫病がはやったとき、地域の人々がこの神社のそばにあった石神のほこらにサカキを供えて祈ったという言い伝えがあり、今回も新型コロナウイルスの一日も早い終息を願って、神社に石像を祭ることにしたということです。
参拝に訪れた人たちは、手を合わせたり頭をなでるなどして一日も早い終息を願っていました。
大島子諏訪神社の山浦一男宮司は「かわいらしい石像を手でなでるなどして和んでいただいて、心も癒やしていただければと思います」と話していました。
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Yōkai and the visualization of disease
In the past few weeks, as the international pandemic has led the people of Japan to quarantine themselves and practice social distancing, characters from supernatural folklore (yōkai), including one that has served as a symbol of epidemics since the 1840s, have experienced a sudden resurgence of popularity.
For centuries, yōkai functioned as pre-scientific explanations for microbiological phenomena such as the decay of organic material, and several were specifically associated with illness. Arguably the earliest work of Japanese art that features such characters is the Scroll of Hungry Ghosts (Gaki zoshi, late 12th century). Interest in yōkai exploded during the 18th century, when the ukiyo-e print designer Toriyama Sekien (1712–1788) published his encyclopedic bestiary The Illustrated Night Parade of a Hundred Demons (Gazu hyakki yagyō, 1776). Not only did this publication enjoy astonishing commercial success in its own right, it also had a substantial influence upon the imagery of artists such as Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861).
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Meet the Japanese Yokai That Will Save us From the Coronavirus
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wagashi アマビエ和菓子 Amabie sweets





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Amabie Daruma アマビエ だるま









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'Amabie'-shaped bread popular amid outbreak
Bread shaped like a mythical mermaid-like monster that folklore says repels plagues is proving popular in Japan as people hope for the end of the coronavirus outbreak.
A cafe in the city of Uruma,
Okinawa Prefecture, started selling the bread, which looks like Amabie, last month.
The bread is made from locally-sourced ingredients,
including yellow potato for the monster's long hair and beak, and red sweet potato for the body.
The cafe has closed temporarily
since early last month due to the outbreak. But orders have been pouring in from across the country after it began selling the product online.
A representative of the cafe says
she hopes the bread will make people smile and help boost their immunity so that the outbreak will end as soon as possible.
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yogen no tori 予言の鳥 / ヨゲンノトリ prophecy bird



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Appearance: Y
ogen no tori are prophetic birds which resemble two-headed crows. One of their heads is white. They can speak, and are sent by the gods to deliver important messages to humanity such as warnings about epidemics.
Behavior:
Like most prophetic yōkai, nothing is known of yogen no tori’s natural behavior, as they are only seen when there is an important message to deliver.
Interactions:
In addition to delivering an important message, yogen no tori are such holy animals that merely an image of them is enough to keep the evil spirits which cause disease away. Regularly looking at a picture of a yogen no tori is said to protect the viewer from harm.
Origin:
The story of the yogen no tori follows an Edo Period pattern of yokai warning about outbreaks and offering their image as protection. Contagious diseases like cholera are spread by invisible means, and for a long time there were no known cures or methods of protection against them. Amulets, talismans, and image of holy yōkai might not have done much to actually prevent sickness, but the willingness of people to cling to their promise of salvation is understandable.
Legends:
A serious cholera outbreak struck Japan in the summer of 1858. During the outbreak, a government official from Kai Province (Yamanashi Prefecture) named Kizaemon, discovered the legend of the yogen no tori and reported it in Bōshabyō ryūkō nikki, a journal detailing the outbreak.
According to his report, a yogen no tori was sighted in December of 1857 near Mount Haku in Kaga Province (present-day Ishikawa Prefecture). The bird foretold, “Around August or September of next year, a disaster will occur, killing 90% of the world’s population. Those who gaze upon my image morning and night and believe in me will be spared from this suffering.”
Kizaemon believed the yogen no tori to be a messenger from the gods. He declared it to be a symbol of the great power of Kumano Gongen. An illustration of the bird was printed alongside the report so people could see it and receive its protective powers.
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Teijin 氐人【テイジン】dī rén
A Yokai monster from China.
A kind of merman, half fish half male human.



中国に伝わる人魚のような怪人のこと。
氐人国に住んでいるといわれ、資料には上半身が男性の人魚の姿で描かれている。
人魚の一種とされる
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