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Translation: scissors cutter

Appearance: Hasamidachi is a small yōkai with wild hair, buggy eyes, and a pair of scissors sprouting from its head.

Origin: Hasamidachi appears in the earliest yokai scrolls, and has been copied many times from these early depictions, appearing over and over again in many different scrolls. Despite this, no name or description has ever been recorded. The name hasamidachi was given to it in recent years by yokai researcher Aramata Hiroshi, however it is also known by less descriptive names such as hasami no bakemono (scissors monster) or just hasami (scissors).

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