Isogashii

I first saw Isogashii on images of the Hyakki Yagyo EmakiI can’t say what drew me to him originally. Something in the face, I think. I needed a charming sort of ugliness for my main yokai in The Changing Things, and when I saw Isogashii, I knew he was the one.

Well, it turned out I couldn’t have made a worse choice, research-wise. Very little is known about this yokai and there seem to be no associated folk tales as far as I can tell. It was nice to have liberties, but I has hoping for some foundation to draw from.

Hone Karakasa

The Hone Karakasa belongs to my favorite class of yokai: the tsukumogami. Turns out ordinary household items will become animated by a spirit if they survive 100 years. I guess without being totally destroyed. 

One of the main characters in The Changing Things started out life as a teapot. I can’t imagine a more perfect existence, but he wants more and moves on to experience a variety of incarnations.

Futakuchi-onna

An old man chopping wood “misses” his target and splits open the back of his wife’s skull. Oops. The strike is horizontal for some reason. He must like a challenge. She sure must kneel in strange places. 

Also, it’s his second wife, who starved the man’s daughter to death after giving all the food to her own kids.

The wound doesn’t heal, but grows into a ravenous demonic mouth. The woman takes on the hunger of the girl she killed.