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Hone karakasa


TRANSLATION: skeletal umbrella
HABITAT: anywhere humans live
DIET: none

APPEARANCE: Hone karakasa is a tsukumogami born from an tattered and torn up old Chinese-style paper umbrella. The “hone,” or bone, part of their name comes from the fact that without the paper covering, the wooden tines on this kind of umbrella look something like fish bones. They spring into life on wet, windy days, and dance through the sky like wild birds. Their appearance is a sure sign that bad weather is coming.

Hone karakasa are closely related to the much better-known umbrella tsukumogami karakasa-kozō.

Karakasa kozō

Bakezouri, Karakasakozou, Mokumokuren唐傘小僧

TRANSLATION: paper umbrella priest boy

APPEARANCE: These silly-looking yokai are transformations of Chinese-style oiled-paper umbrellas. They have either one or two legs (upon which they hop around wildly), a single large eye, and a long, protruding tongue.

BEHAVIOR: The karakasa kozō is not particularly fearsome as far as yokai go. Its favorite method of surprising humans is to sneak up on them and then deliver a large, oily lick with its enormous tongue, although this is often traumatic enough. Caution is advised, however, as there are other umbrella tsukumogami which are dangerous to humans, and care should be taken not to confuse them with this more playful spirit.