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Translation: weather priest
Alternate names: teruteru bōzu
Habitat: mountains (only appearing on sunny days)
Diet: unknown

Appearance: Hiyoribō is a yōkai from Ibaraki prefecture who calls forth the sun and creates good weather. It lives deep in the mountains, and can only be seen on sunny days. During rain or in bad weather, this yōkai remains hidden.

Origin: Hiyoribō strongly resembles another weather yōkai from China known as the hiderigami. It may be that hiyoribō is simply another form of the hiderigami.

Alphabetical list of yōkai