12/31/2018

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



My Yamashina Daruma and the Kappa Family

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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.

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3/10/2018

Tengu matsuri festivals

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Tengu matsuri 天狗祭り Tengu festivals


Shimokita tengu matsuri しもきた天狗まつり - Shimokitazawa, Tokyo


Dontsuku Festival, Inatori City with Tengu lanterns (MS)
Tengu matsuri 天狗まつり - Osaka, Saiko-Ji
Otaru 小樽天狗まつり Hokkaido
Donki 鈍器祭り Toyokawa


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................................................................................. Fukui 福井県 

Tengu matsuri 天狗祭 Tengu festival
During a local Tengu festival, someone put a glass of Sake 酒 rice wine on a branch of the tree. And a few days later, the Sake had all gone . . . Tengu like to drink!

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美浜町新庄 Mihama Shinjo

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Hassaku Festival 八朔祭
Hassaku means August 1 according to the lunar calendar.
At the Hassaku Festival of the 日吉神社 Hiyoshi Shrine located in Shinjo, young men pray for a good harvest and run all over carrying the barrel mikoshi portable shrine and singing the Hassaku Ondo. They then dedicate it to the shrine. Moreover, the main attraction of the festival is the Riot Tengu (a long-nosed goblin).
The Tengu chases after young women and children by showing “the symbol of a man” slightly from his clothes. The symbol is made of wood.
It is said to be the most unusual festival in Fukui Prefecture.
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八朔とは旧暦8月朔日のことで、月遅れの9月1日を指します。美浜町新庄の日吉神社では、その9月1日に八朔(はっさく)祭が行われます。村を東と西に分け、午前は東で午後は西がそれぞれ行います。
朱塗りの大角樽を棒に吊り下げ、担ぎながら神前に奉納するとき、オドケと呼ばれる仮装した青年も行列に参加し、天狗がその先頭をつとめます。「山神句」といわれる音頭に笛や太鼓で囃しながら行列を組んで村中を練り歩きます。「今年豊年穂に穂が咲いて、道の千草も米がなる」と八朔音頭を唄います。
天狗は大きな木製の男根を持ち、見物人の女性にその男根をつきつけます。それに触れると良い子どもがうまれると言われており、かつては八朔襦袢(はっさくじゅばん)といわれる軽装一枚で暴れまわり、樽にはドブロクを詰めて供えてみんなに振舞っていたので、「ドブロク祭」とも言われていました。
この美浜町新庄の八朔祭は、福井県内では、"一番エッチな祭"だといわれています。
午前も午後も天狗が飛び出して暴れまわり、衣の間に木でこしられた長さ50cm、太さ8cmほどの「男のシンボル」をちらつかせながら、見物している女性や、子どもを追っかけまわす、 天狗が持つ男根で突いてもらうと 良い児が生まれて稲の花がつつがなく交配され、今年は豊年万作である」と昔の人たちは考えていたのだと思います。天狗がちらつかせながら女性たちをつつきまわる "男のシンボル"に、今年の豊作の願いをこめているのです。
- reference source : wakasamihama.jp/kankou... -

. hassaku 八朔 first day of the eighth month .
of the lunar calendar



................................................................................. Gifu 岐阜県 

養老郡
美濃国養老郡一の瀬村付近では、大きな天狗の面を作り、村人が鉦や太鼓で囃したてながら隣村へと順に送り、山奥深くまで送っていく天狗祭がある。天狗が村里に出現して人畜に該をなすのを封ずるためであるという。明治初年まで行われていたらしい。



................................................................................. Ibaraki 茨城県 
笠間市 Kasama

Akutai Matsuri 悪態まつり Akutai festival "cursing festival"
Atago Shrine, 102 Izumi, Kasama



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Welcome to the annual cursing festival in Ibaraki Prefecture, where young and old are encouraged to verbally abuse 13 monks dressed as tengu (long-nosed goblin). Meanwhile, the people gathered around the tengu have a tug-of-war over what looks like a bamboo mat used to roll sushi with a small prize inside. Whoever manages to pry the mat from the other desperate contestants’ hands, according to the Atago shrine, will be lucky in the year to come.
Cursing is welcome here, so spit all that stress out on the last days of the year.
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................................................................................. Ishikawa 石川県 
白峰村 Shiramine mura (Hakusan)

5月の初旬に天狗祭をする。天狗の造り物に袖のある大きな夜着を着せるのだが、ある村で産婦の夜着を用いたら、大風となって騒動になった。その後その村では天狗祭をしなくなった。

. kanko odori かんこ踊 Kanko dance, in honor of Saint Taicho .
Hakusanboo 白山坊 Hakusan-Bo, Hakusanbo Tengu


................................................................................. Kagawa 香川県 

. Sakaide 坂出の天狗まつり Tengu Festival in Sakaide .
centered on Saganbo Tengu, a long-nosed goblin from Mount Shiramine near Sakaide.



Bowls of udon うどん hot wheat noodles with ten no gu (ten kinds of ingredients) are available at every festival site.



................................................................................. Saitama 埼玉県 

. Chichibu 秩父 Tengoo matsuri 天狗祭(テンゴー祭り) Tengo (Tengu) Festival .
原の天狗まつり Hara no Tengu Matsuri



................................................................................. Shimane 島根県 

テングマツリ
枕木山の天狗を懲らしめようと、華蔵寺の仏智禅師は天狗を捕らえて縛った。詫びた天狗を禅師は解放したが、山の宗徒の夢に天狗が出るので、皆恐れ毎年二月十七日に天狗祭りを行うことになった。




................................................................................. Tokyo 東京 

Hachioji Tengu Matsuri 八王子天狗祭




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- reference : nichibun yokai database 妖怪データベース -

- Reference -

国境の芸能と天狗信仰:一 天狗祭り
八木洋行 Yagi Yoko

秩父における天狗祭
浅見清一郎

天狗祭り
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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

. Mingei 民芸 Regional Folk Art from Japan .

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3/08/2018

Nobusuma wild quilt squirrel bat

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Nobusuma 野衾 (のぶすま)"wild quilt", "wild blanket"
Yokai squirrel, Yokai bat

Sometimes depicted as a flying squirrel, sometimes as a huge bat.

. musasabi むささび flying squirrel .
Riesenflughörnchen, Petaurista leucogenys
momonga ももんが small flying squirrel, Pteromys momonga

. koomori 蝙蝠 (こうもり) Komori bat, Fledermaus .



. . . . . fusuma - introduction . . . . .

fusuma 衾 (ふすま) a kind of down futon blanket / Daunendecke
... kakebusuma 掛衾(かけぶすま)blanket to cover you
... shikibusuma 敷衾(しきぶすま)blanket to lie on
furubusuma 古衾(ふるぶすま)old futon blanket
kamibusuma 紙衾 (かみぶすま) futon from paper, the inside is padded with cotton.
This was used by poor people, using old sliding doors from temples, which were discarded in late autumn.
... Tentokuji 天德寺(てんとくじ)"like in the tempel Tentoku-Ji"

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fusuma 襖 (ふすま) sliding doors between the rooms,
fusu ma 臥す間, literally, a room (ma) to lie down (fusu), a bedroom.


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by Warriors Of Myth Wiki

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Nobusuma are a type of animal-spirit from Japanese mythology and like most spirits classified as yokai they were once ordinary animals who, upon reaching a great age, were bestowed supernatural powers and new forms by which to live on as lesser deities and/or spirits that haunt the world.
Nobusuma,
despite appearing as flying squirrels, were original bats but tansformed into their current form upon becoming yokai and while primarily seed and fruit-eaters like common squirrels they have also developed unusual tastes for fire and blood.
As such the Nobusuma will attack and kill cats to drain their blood as well as other small animals, they will also ambush humans who are travelling at night and latch onto their faces, either biting and drinking the victim's blood much like vampires or trying to get them to drop their lanterns so they may consume the fire within.
Nobusuma,
while born of ancient bats, are simply the start of an even more frightening transformation and should Nobusuma reach an old age themselves they may change into either the Momonjii or the Yamachichi.
- source : villains.wikia.com/wiki/Nobusuma...



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. . . ALTERNATE NAME: tobikura (flying warehouse)
HABITAT:
forests and mountains
DIET:
primarily blood; also fire, nuts, fruit and berries
APPEARANCE:
A bat which lives to a very old age develops magical powers and changes into a yokai known as a nobusuma. They look almost identical to musasabi, or Japanese giant flying squirrels, although they are much more dangerous.
BEHAVIOR:
Nobusuma eat nuts, fruit, and berries, but also feed on fire, and by sucking blood from humans and small animals (such as cats). They attack travelers walking the roads at night. They swoop down from the trees onto the faces of their unsuspecting victims, latch on, and begin sucking blood. When they do not need to feed, they simply swoop down and blow out lanterns and torches, flying back up into the night sky with a creepy cry that goes, “gaa gaa!”
ORIGIN:
While nobusuma are born from long-lived bats, the transformation does not stop there.
Once a nobusuma reaches a very old age, it transforms again, either into a yamachichi or a momonjii.
This yokai should not be confused with the nobusuma (野襖) from Kochi prefecture, whose name is pronounced the same but is actually a variety of a different yokai called nurikabe.
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no fuse ma 野伏魔 Nofusema
日本における想像上の動物。衾(ふすま)とは寝るときに体の上にかける夜具のことで、野衾とは現在で言うムササビのことだが、
現在知られる生態の他に、夜道を歩いている人を襲って松明を消したり(あるいはそこから発展して炎を食べるとされたり)、人や家畜を襲って血を吸うと考えられていた。
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fusu ma 臥す間, literally, a room to lie down, a bedroom.

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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


Tsukumogami Nobusuma ツクモガミ 野 衾

The folklorist 柳田國男 Yanagida Kunio wrote;
In Tokyo, Nobusuma is seen as a 鼯鼠 Momonga or 蝙蝠 Komori. In some regions of Japan it is just called 衾 Fusuma.
It sneaks up on a person and covers its eyes and mouth.

. Yanagita Kunio 柳田國男 (1875 - 1962) .

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Once a bicycle driver found a cat with a Nobusuma wound all around its body, lying by the roadside. He hit the Nobusuma with a stick and killed it. The cat lost one leg in the event.


............................................................................ Miyagi 宮城県

fusuma フスマ same as 野衾 Nobusuma
Is someone walks alone in the evening or at night, the Nobusuma appears like a wall in front of him, spreading in all directions, obstructing the way.
If a person keeps its cool, waits by the roadside and chews some tobacco, the Yokai will disappear.

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- reference : nichibun yokai database 妖怪データベース -



Miyamoto Musashi and the Batlike Monster
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1867)

. 宮本武蔵 Miyamoto Musashi .
(1584 – 1645) - famous swordsman and samurai

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- Yōkai 妖怪 Yokai monsters - - ABC-Index -

. yookai, yōkai 妖怪 Yokai monsters .
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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


. Kappa densetsu 河童伝説, Kappa minwa 河童民話 - Legends - Introduction .

. Tengupedia - 天狗ペディア - Tengu ABC-List .

. Mingei 民芸 Regional Folk Art from Japan .

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3/06/2018

oni yama mountains

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oni to yama 鬼と山 mountain names and Oni demons
- 鬼山 Oniyama



鬼山地獄温泉 - Hot spring in Beppu


Many Oni hang around placed of departure and divide, like city gates, rivers and bridges, crossroads or mountain passes.

. Onigadake, Onigatake 鬼ヶ岳 / Onidake, Onitake 鬼岳 mountain names .
..... Onigaoka 鬼が丘 / 鬼ヶ丘 "Deomon Hill"

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. Kimen-zan 鬼面山 Mount Kimenzan . - Nagano

. Kukiyama 九鬼山 "Nine Demons Mountain" . - Yamanashi
and the brave 桃太郎 Momotaro


. Onitorisan 鬼取山 "Mountain of capturing the Demons" Zenki and Goki . -Nara
- and Onitorichoo 鬼取町 Onitori Cho village


Oniyama sakura matsuri 鬼山桜まつり Sakura Festival at Oniyama Demon Mountain
Misaki town 美咲町打穴中地区 Okayama
. Momotaro Legend in Misaki Town 三咲町の桃太郎伝説 .


. sanki, yamaoni, yama-oni 山鬼の鬼伝説 Mountain Oni Demon .
onisurusuishi 鬼臼石 / オニスルスイシ Oni Surusu Ishi


. Yama no Kami and Oni 山の神と鬼 Mountain God .
Niigata, Sado, - - - 蓋井島 Yamaguchi Futaoijima Island, ...


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Kinomiyama 鬼身山 284m
鬼ノ身城(岡山県総社市山田) Okayama, Soja
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. Japanese Legends - 伝説 民話 昔話 – ABC-List .

............................................................................ Akita 秋田県

. yasha oni 夜叉鬼 Yasha Demon .


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- reference : nichibun yokai database 妖怪データベース -

a writer named
川原崎鬼山 Kawaharasaki Oniyama

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. Tengu 天狗と伝説 Tengu legends "Long-nosed Goblin" .

. yookai, yōkai 妖怪 Yokai monsters .

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

. Mingei 民芸 Regional Folk Art from Japan .

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3/04/2018

kitan magic demon stories

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kitan 鬼譚 "demon stories", "demon tales"
kitan 奇譚 magic stories

kitan sooshi 鬼譚草紙 Kitan Soshi "demon stories"




奇譚草紙 Kitan Soshi Magic Stories




kitan sooshi 鬼譚草紙 Kitan Soshi "demon stories"
夢枕獏 Yumemakura Baku (1951 - )
and 天野喜孝 Amano Yoshitaka

Three stories of mystic and erotic nuances, about heroes of the Heian period.


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anya kitan 暗夜鬼譚 Demon Tales of a Dark Night

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tsukumo kitan つくも鬼譚 stickers



Stickers are 48mm square sized and each of them features a character designed based on ancient tales.

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. Japanese Legends - 伝説 民話 昔話 – ABC-List .

石見牛鬼譚 Iwami Gyuki Tan - Tales of the bull-demon from Iwami
by 岡田建文 Okada Kenbun

. ushi oni, ushioni, gyuuki 牛鬼 "bull-demon" .
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............................................................................ Gifu 岐阜県

During the mid-Edo period, there was a huge flooding of a river, due to long and strong rain. The villagers found a huge bull, half buried in the sand. When they tried to hit it with their axes, it started to bleed and the river became all red.




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安濃郡 Ano district 太田町 Otamachi
and from
那賀郡 Naka district 浅利村 Asari village

. ushioni 牛鬼 "bull demon" and nure-onna 濡女 "wet woman" .

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- reference : nichibun yokai database 妖怪データベース -

山村奇譚 magic stories from mountain villages
by 松岡実 Matsuoka Minoru

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kimon 鬼門の鬼伝説 Oni Demon Gate Legends

The north-east ushi-tora 丑寅 ox-tiger direction
is considered an un-auspicious region and needs protection from real and imagined enemies, fiends and demons.

. Kitamuki Fudo 北向き不動 and the Kimon direction .
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Why do Oni have horns ?

The explanation relates to the concept of
kimon 鬼門 Oni gate - Demon Gate
The zodiac animals associated with this 北東の方角 Northeastern region are
ushi-tora 丑寅 the bull and the tiger.
Oni are therefore usually depicted with bull horns and tiger fangs, wearing loincloths made of tiger skin.
(Tigers were not known in Japan.)
. tsuno 鬼の角 伝説 Oni Demon Legends about their horns .


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Kimon, the "Demon Gate" 鬼門,
Chinese geomancy (Ch: feng shui), a system for determining auspicious or inauspicious placements and orientations of cities, temples, houses, and graves. In Chinese thought, the northeast quarter is considered to be particularly inauspicious. The northeast direction is known as the "demon gate," which can be loosely translated as the place where "demons gather and enter." This belief was imported by the Japanese and is referred to as Kimon (literally "Demon Gate").
Kimon generally means ominous direction, or taboo direction. In Japan, both the monkey and the fox are guardians against evil Kimon influences.
source : Mark Schumacher



Photo source : 神霊の思頼


. Konjin, Konjin Sama 金神, 金神様 deity of metal .



Kimon Konjin 鬼門金神
an itinerant deity who changes his main direction of activities.


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ura kimon, ura-kimon 裏鬼門 the "back" demon gate
in the south-west

kimon-sumi no nagaya 鬼門隅の長屋 Nagaya living quarters at the Kimon corner
. nagaya 長屋 / ながや row house, long house .
living quarters for the people in service of a lord


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The outhouse toilet should never be placed in the Kimon direction of a house.
There are some trees that should never be planted in the Kimon direction of a house.
Others should be planted to bring good luck and avoid disaster.

A 汗穴 sweat pore is called Kimon. A Demon can use a 汗腺 sweat gland to invade a human body.

daiku no nyoobo 大工の女房 Legends about a carpenter making a mistake.



............................................................................ Aichi 愛知県
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幡豆郡 Hazu district

A new house should not face the northern Kimon direction.
Never dig a hole in the Kimon direction beside a house.
Planting a sarusuberi さるすべり crape myrtle tree in the Kimon direction protects the house from burglars and other disaster.

. sarusuberi さるすべり / 百日紅 crape myrtle tree .
lit. "Even monkeys fall from trees! "


In 小原村 Obara village, planting a nashi 梨 Japanese pear tree in the Kimon direction prevents people from becoming ill.
. nashi 梨子 Japanese pear, Pyrus serotina .



............................................................................ Aomori 青森県
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三戸町 Sannohe

saru ishi, saru-ishi 猿石 "monkey stone"
At the estate of 足沢左十郎 Ashisawa Sajuro in Sannohe, the main building did not have a corner at the Kimon direction. Instead they had placed a stone, saru-ishi 猿石 of about 1 foot size. It was big enough for a monkes (saru - a pun with 去る to go away of bad luck). If a human touched this stone, he would be cursed, so people tried to avoid walking around this corner.





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沼田市 Numata

. kasha カシャ / 火車 Kasha Demon "burning chariot" .
and Kasha neko – The Corpse-Eating Cat Demon 火車猫
When the Kasha demon comes to get hold of a corpse, people shoot an arrow in the Kimon direction to drive it away.


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勢多郡 Seta district

. enju エンジュ / 槐 Japanese pagoda tree .
Planting an Enju tree in the Kimon direction will protect the home from fire and disaster.
enju is a play on words with long life, enju えんじゅ【延寿】.




............................................................................ Hyogo 兵庫県
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姫路市 Himeji

mawari konjin 廻り金神 Konjin coming around
A home should not be built in the direction of Kimon, Urakimon or the Konjin deity to avoid people living there from getting ill.





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津久井郡 Tsukui district 藤野町 Fujino

鬼門へ向かって飛んだ首 the head flying in the Kimon direction
Once upon a time
a 大工 carpenter had cut three pillars too short and did not know what to do about it. His clever wive suggested to use kushigata クシガタ(枡形)(masugata) square boxes. He did as suggested and all seemed well at first. But the carpenter was worried that his wife tell about his mistake and cut her head off to keep her silent.
The head took off and flew away in the Kimon direction in no time.





............................................................................ Miyagi 宮城県

kamaemono, kamae-mono カマエモノ being cursed by the Kami deity
A local proverb says:
If you put dirty things in the Kimon direction of your house, you will be cursed by the Deity.




............................................................................ Miyazaki 宮崎県
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東臼杵郡 Higashi-Usuki district 北浦町 Kitaura

Konjin 金神 is seen as a protector deity of the Kimon direction.





............................................................................ Nagano 長野県

. kimon yoke no keyaki 鬼門除けのけやき .
The Zelkova tree between the Hachiman shrine and the Myojin Shrine is supposed to ward off evil. ...

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安曇野市 Azumino

o-inari sama お稲荷様 Inari Fox Deity
A kitooshi 祈とう師 Kitoshi shaman is called ニチレンサマ Nichiren sama in the local dialect.
There was once a family with many ill people and a lot of bad luck. So they asked a Shaman for help. He told them that their local sanctuary for Inari was in the Kimon direction and they should relocate it to the inui 戌亥 north-west direction.
They did it and since then all went well.

. Inari 稲荷 the "Fox Deity" .





............................................................................ Nagasaki 長崎県
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松浦市 Matsuura

ike no kimon 池の鬼門 Kimon of the Dragon Pond 龍が池
In the Dragon Pond lived daija 大蛇 a huge serpent. It had moved here after 為朝 Tametomo drove her away from 黒髪山 Kurokamisan.
Tametomo shot an arrow from this lake into the Kimon direction and it landed at the village 古野村 Konomura. There it stuck in the ground, became a bamboo grove and is still to be seen.
. Minamoto no Tametomo 源為朝 (1139 – 1170) .





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豊能郡 Toyono district

kimonburoo 鬼門風呂 bathtub in the Kimon direction
A bath tub and the bathroom should not be placed in the Kimon direction, because that will bring bad luck.





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戸田市 Heda city

大工の女房 the wife of a carpenter
The story is similar to the one above from Tsukui.
But the wife now came back every night via the Kimon direction and appeared in the carpenter's dream to scare him. So he shot an arrow in the Kimon direction.
The 角材 squared timbers he cut after that all looked a bit like his wife.



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佐賀市 Saga city

kimon-sumi no nagaya 鬼門隅の長屋 long house at the Kimon corner
The estate of the Lord of Bizen (in Edo) seemed bewitched during the time he was living there. Fire pillars were seen in the garden, rain dripped into the kitchen and sometimes the whole house rumbled and shook in strange ways. The local people rejoiced when the Lord had to move out for his yearly stay in Edo.
And every day they held special fire rituals at the long house at the Kimon corner, often calling priests to perform the purifying rituals.




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伊香郡 Ina district 西浅井町 Nishi-Asai

kimon 忌門 / キモン (another spelling, indicating the taboo direction)
When building a new home, people have to take good care of the direction.

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高島市 Takashima

ura kimon 裏鬼門 the "back" demon gate
Nothing should be grown in the Ura-Kimon direction of a home to avoid bad luck.





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田方郡 Tagata district 戸田村 Heda

Once upon a time
a 匠 carpenter had cut one pillar too short and did not know what to do about it. His clever wive suggested what do to about it. He did as suggested and all seemed well at first. But the carpenter was worried that his wife tell about his mistake and cut her head off to keep her silent.
The head took off and flew away in the Kimon direction in no time.
Later he made offerings in the Kimon direction to appease her soul.




............................................................................ Tokyo 東京都

The home in the estate of the venerable Honda Tadakatsu 本多忠勝 (1548 – 1610) had a fire on the first day of the New Year.
The mansion had been built with the Kimon taboos in mind. Just before the fire started, the pine decoration at the front gate showed a broken branch and three broken bamboo sticks.
That was really strange.

Honda Tadakatsu 本多忠勝 (1548 – 1610) - general of Tokugawa Ieyasu

. kadomatsu 門松 pine (decorations) at the gate .
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To protect the Edo castle, 上野の寛永寺 the temple Kanei-Ji in Ueno was constructed in its Kimon direction.





............................................................................ Wakayama 和歌山県
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西牟婁郡 Nishi-Muro district 日置川町 Hikigawa

tamashi no yobimodoshi 魂のヨビモドシ calling back the soul
Once a man built his 便所 outhouse toilet in the Kimon dirextion, but he was cursed and died soon afterward.
But his voice came at night from the roof, asking to call him back. A carpenter came and dug under the outhouse and found the bones of a dead person. The family buried the bones properly. And the man came back to life.


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艮(うしとら) ushi-tora direction
auspicious directions were
乾(いぬい)inui, inu-i in the north-west
and 巽(たつみ)tatsumi, tstsu-mi in the south-east


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Tanzawa Mountains Oni Tengu

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Tanzawa 丹沢の鬼伝説 
Oni Demon Legends from the Tanzawa mountains




The Tanzawa Mountains (丹沢山地 Tanzawa-sanchi) are a mountain range in the Kantō region, in Japan.
It covers the northwestern part of Kanagawa Prefecture and touches the prefectural borders of Shizuoka Prefecture to the west and the Yamanashi Prefecture to the north.

Mount Hiru 1,673m (蛭ヶ岳 Hiru-ga-take)
Mount Fudō 1,614m (不動ノ峰 Fudō-no-mine)
Mount Hinokiboramaru 1,601m (檜洞丸 Hinokibora-maru)
Mount Tanzawa 1,567m (丹沢山 Tanzawa-san)
Mount Tō 1,491m (塔ノ岳 Tō-no-dake)
Mount Shindainichi 1,340m (新大日 Shin-dainichi)
Mount Ōyama 1,252m (大山 Ō-yama)

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. 大山の不動様、 Oyama no Fudo Myo-O .

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ヤビツ峠 Tanzawa, Yabitsu Toge pass (761 m high)
神奈川県秦野市 Kanagawa, Hadano
with a splendid view of Mount Fujisan




餓鬼道伝説 Legend of the Gakido realm of Hungry Demons


source : toki.moo.jp/gate-q... gate 041...

This pass used to be called gakidoo 餓鬼道 the Road of the Hungry Ghosts.
In former times, the warlords 武田信玄 Takeda Shingen and 北条氏康 Hojo Ujiyasu used to fight for this pass. Many of their soldiers did not get enough food and staved on the road.
Their hungry souls now haunt the place.
Even in our times,  people sometimes come and make food offerings in remembrance of the old days.

yabitsu 矢櫃 refers to the boxes and containers they used to keep the arrows.
The soldiers carried rather large quivers with arrows to last for a long war.



. 弓道 Japanese Archery - Introduction .

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Yabitsu Jinja 矢櫃神社 Yabitsu Shrine
Murotsu, Kaminoseki, Kumage District, Yamaguchi

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Onigatake, Onigadake 鬼ヶ岳
神奈川山北町と相模原市との境 - On the border of Yamakita and Sagamihara in Kanagawa.


source : toki.moo.jp/gaten...gate629...

There is a long slippery slope with a metal chain to hold on, but it is very difficult to climb. The two chains seem to get lost and invisible in the gas of the slope.

In former times it was called sennin no iwa 仙人の岩 Rock of the Mountain saints.
Seen from 蛭ヶ岳 Hirugatake, the two boulders look like the horns of an Oni.



鬼ヶ岩の頭


. 鬼ヶ岳 Onigadake, Onigatake / 鬼岳 Mountains with Demons .


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Tanzawa 丹沢の天狗伝説 
Tengu Legends from the Tanzawa mountains


. Saganboo, Saganbō or Sagamibō 相模坊 .
Tengu from 相模大山 Sagami Oyama
Mount Oyama in Tanzawa is famous for the Tengu mountain goblins.

Some huts for the forest workers get shaken badly if the Tengu is in a bad mood.

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. Sekison San 石尊山 Venerable Stone Deities .
sanctuaries for a stone Tengu.
The belief in Sekison San is known in the Tanzawa mountains, Oyama and at the 5th station of Mount Fujisan,

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 丹沢湖畔の川天狗 Lake Tanzawako and the Kawa Tengu
Lake Tanzawako was created due to construction of the Miho dam in 1978.


source : toki.moo.jp/gaten...gate 253...

Kawatengu are close to the Kappa water goblins and thus very special.
At lake Tanzawako is a stone memorial of such a Kawa Tenu. When the region came under water during the construction of the dam, the stone was removed and preserved.
神奈川県山北町 Kanagaea, Yamakita

One of the most famous Kawa Tengu (Mizu Tengu 水天狗 "Water Tengu" ) is
. Enkooboo 円光坊 Enko-Bo from Haguro San, .


. kawa tengu 川天狗 "river Tengu" - Introduction .

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Fudoo no mine, Fudō-no-mine 不動ノ峰
Mount Fudō, Fudo no Mine, Mount Fudonomine

1,614 m - 5295 ft



The first religious mountaineers in the Nara period used to climb in the Tanzawa mountains.
They prayed to Fudo Myo-O for safety and gave his name to one of the peaks.
This statue is still close to the peak.




source : diary.okutamawalker.com...


. Fudō Myō-ō 不動明王 Fudo Myo-O - Acala Vidyaraja .


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Onigadake, Onigatake 鬼ヶ岳 / Onidake, Onitake 鬼岳
Onigaoka 鬼が丘 / 鬼ヶ丘 "Deomon Hill"
Mountains with Demon names and legends


. oniyama 鬼山, oni to yama 鬼と山 mountain names and Oni demons .

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鬼岳 Mt. Onidake, a dormant volcano, almost naked, 315 meter
長崎県五島市 Nagasaki, Goto Islands



yamayaki 山焼き burning the mountain in spring

The Mt. Onidake Volcanic group on the south coast of Fukue Island was formed by a muzzle volcano erupting 50 thousand years ago on top of a shield volcano that had erupted five million years ago. This group is made up of the mountains Onidake, Hinotake, Shirodake, Minodake, and Usudake.
The central mountain, Onidake, is an unusual mountain covered with mountain grass instead of trees because the top is burned once every three years. It is the main sightseeing area for Fukue since guests can see the main business area of the city, the surrounding islands, and Fukue port.
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Onigadake Dam, Kamikozue, Yakage, Oda District, Okayama ・鬼ヶ岳ダム[岡山県

Mt. Onigadake

鬼が丘の龍神とメスアの話
栃木県真岡市鬼怒ケ丘
大阪府 羽曳野市 羽鬼が丘西
鬼ヶ丘の夕日


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Sumo wrestler (warrior) Onigadake Tetsuemon 鬼ヶ嶽鉄右衛門 


Utagawa Kuniyoshi - actor 中村芝翫 Nakamura Shikan

稲妻大蔵 Inazuma Taizo
Once upon a long time ago, in the village of 小栗村 Ogurimura in 諌早 Isahaya (長崎県 Nagasaki) there lived a farmer couple who did not have children.
They went to mount 八天嶽 Hattendake to pray. And then a Tengu came at night . . . well well, the woman got pregnant and bore a strong son.
The boy named Taizo became a strong Sumo wrestler. The Tengu trained him the best he could. Taizo won all the bouts in his village.
Taizo eventually went to Edo and nobody could defeat him. Taizo almost won against the strongest Sumo wrestler in Edo, 鬼ヶ岳 Onigadake, but Onigadake had asked him to let him win, so Taizo lost this one bout (and thus his Tengu power) and then all the other bouts after that and went home much ashamed.
Sometimes the villagers could hear a boulder (ゴットン石 Gotton Ishi) rumble at Mount Hattendake, where Taizo was practicing Sumo with al his former might. He could lift the boulder and carry it to the summit in no time.


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. sanki, yamaoni, yama-oni 山鬼の鬼伝説 Mountain Oni Demon .

. Yama no Kami 山の神 Yamanokami and 鬼 Oni Demons .



............................................................................ Kanagawa 神奈川県 

. Onigatake 鬼ヶ岳 .
神奈川山北町と相模原市との境 - On the border of Yamakita and Sagamihara in Kanagawa.
- sennin no iwa 仙人の岩 Rock of the Mountain Immortals.




............................................................................ Kyoto 京都府  

. 鬼獄神社 Onitake Jinja / 鬼嶽稲荷神社 Onitake Inari Jinja .
Onidake Inari is a famous shrine in Oeyama mountain, where the head of Shuten Doji is buried.




............................................................................ Nara 奈良県  

. Onitorisan 鬼取山 "Mountain of capturing the Demons".
Zenki and Goki




............................................................................ Yamanashi 山梨県 

. Kukiyama 九鬼山 "Nine Demons Mountain" (Yamanashi) .
and the brave 桃太郎 Momotaro


. Misakayama Onigadake no Oni 御坂山 鬼ヶ岳の鬼 .


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