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Furuōgi

By on June 25, 2017, in fan, Hyakki yagyou emaki, object, Patreon, tsukumogami, yōkai

Furuougi, Hasamidachi古扇
ふるおうぎ

TRANSLATION: old folding fan

APPEARANCE: Furuōgi is a squat, hairy yōkai with an old, worn out folding fan sprouting from its back.

ORIGIN: Furuōgi appears in some of the earliest Hyakki yagyō emaki, pictures scrolls of the night parade of one hundred demons, along with a number of other tsukumogami. Early yokai scrolls did not give names or descriptions, so nothing about furuōgi is known other than its appearance. Even its name was added much later.