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Bunbuku Chiyagama; Man Mo Kucha Gama, Kettle Tanuki

Bunbuku Chiyagama; Man Mo Kucha Gama, Kettle Tanuki

Nuribotoke (an animated corpse with blackened flesh and dangling eyeballs) from the Hyakkai-Zukan, Sawaki Suushi, 1737

Sawaki Suushi Hyakkai Zukkan (The Illustrated Volume of a Hundred Demons) 1737 “Hyakkai-Zukan is a collection of picture scrolls by Edo Period Japanese artist Sawaki Suushi.

Tanuki - Japanese Trickster & Spook, Originally Evil, Now Icon of Generosity & Prosperity.

Similar to the shape shifting werewolf, the tanuki is drawn howling at the moon. The moon has magical powers in Japanese culture. The tanuki is not considered evil, rather it is the fox that is the evil one, but his tricks often go sour for his victims.

i've seen u before...

i've seen u before...

The "Korean monk" in this illustration, seen singing and playing a gekkin (moon guitar), has the physical characteristics of a kappa (water imp).

Kaikidan Ekotoba monster scroll -- Korean monk [+] The "Korean monk" in this illustration, seen singing and playing a gekkin (moon guitar), has the physical characteristics of a kappa (water imp).

Hanabusa Itcho "Yamawarau"

Yama-waro from Hyakkai Zukkan, a collection of picture scrolls completed in 1737 by Sawaki

Kappa

Kappa

Kappa, a mischievous, Japanese water spirit who loves cucumber - I always think of them when I eat kappa rolls, my favourite sushi :)

Vintage Japanese Tanuki Figurine / Racoon-Dog Couple Ceramic Figure / Shigaraki pottery Tanuki with Female Companion

Vintage Japanese Tanuki Figurine Racoon-Dog Couple Ceramic Figure Shigaraki Ware pottery Tanuki with Female Companion

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