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Translation: none
Alternate names: often simply referred to as zashiki warashi
Habitat: inner parlors and living rooms
Diet: none, but enjoys candies and treats left out for it

Appearance: Chōpirako are similar to ordinary zashiki warashi, only they are much more beautiful. Their skin and clothing glows with pure, radiant white light. Their features are more beautiful than human children. Chōpirako are usually found in the homes of families that had an only child who died—but who was loved and lavished with gifts before they passed away.

Behavior: Like other zashiki warashi, chōpirako bring richness and prosperity to the houses they inhabit, and promote happiness and well-being among the inhabitants. They require more maintenance to keep them happy than zashiki warashi do; but in return they bring more wealth and good luck than other kinds of house spirits.

Origin: Rich families who could afford it often presented lavish funerals for deceased children, with beautiful burial gowns. The deceased child’s room is turned into a shrine, full of lavish toys, books, and games that the child would have loved in life. The chōpirako resides in the this room, rather than in the zashiki, and few people are allowed to enter in order to keep it in the pristine condition this spirit requires.

A few inns in Japan advertise that they are inhabited by zashiki warashi or chōpirako in order to attract spirit hunting guests or people seeking good luck and fortune.

Alphabetical list of yōkai