Furuutsubo, Kurayarou, Abumiguchi


TRANSLATION: saddle rascal

APPEARANCE: Kura yarō are saddles whose masters have been slain. They take on lives of their own and act like warriors.

LEGENDS: The most famous kura yarō was once the saddle of Kamata Masakiyo, the first and foremost retainer to Minamoto no Yoshitomo, general and head of the Minamoto clan. After losing a battle during the Heiji Rebellion (1160 CE), he and his lord fled from Kyōto. But they were betrayed and murdered by an ally. Kamata Masakiyo’s wrath at being betrayed remained after his death and became attached to his saddle, which transformed into a tsukumogami. Afterwards, his saddle would pick up sticks and prance about like a warrior, fighting everything it could. Even after his death, Masakiyo’s weapons were a loyal to his cause.