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Ittan momen

By on May 31, 2013, in Kagoshima, Kyushu, The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons, tsukumogami, yōkai

Ittanmomen, Kosodenote, Jatai一反木綿
いったんもめん

TRANSLATION: one tan (about 28.8 cm by 10 m) of cotton

APPEARANCE: Ittan momen is a long, narrow sheet of cloth normally used to make clothes, but reanimated with the spirit of a tsukumogami. They are native to Kagoshima, and can be seen flying through the sky at night, occasionally attacking people.

BEHAVIOR: Ittan momen attack by wrapping their bodies around a person’s face and neck, strangling or smothering them to death. As far as tsukumogami go, they are fairly malicious and often dangerous or deadly instead of simply mischievous.