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Biwa bokuboku

By on May 31, 2013, in biwa, musical instrument, The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons, tsukumogami, yōkai

Shamichouro, Kotofurunushi, Biwabokuboku琵琶牧々
びわぼくぼく

TRANSLATION: takes its name from a particular legendary biwa

APPEARANCE: A biwa is a kind of lute, frequently used to sing stories and poems.

BEHAVIOR: A biwa of extremely fine construction, upon reaching an advanced age, can transform into a self-playing biwa instrument known as a biwa bokuboku. It grows a body like a human’s and wanders about like a blind priest, wielding a cane, and playing music in the street for money.

ORIGIN: These tsukumogami get their name from a legendary biwa named Bokuba, which was said to magically play on its own when nobody was looking, and played music beautiful enough to charm even an oni.