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Translation: mind/spirit/mood shaku (a type of infection)
Habitat: the stomach
Diet: oily foods

Appearance: Kishaku’s most distinguishing feature is its mouth, which is split three ways. It has a red, furry body with a white stripe and a black tail. It loves greasy, oily foods. It lives in the stomach and feeds off of the oily foods, such as fish and chicken, that its host eats. It completely ignores rice and other foods that it doesn’t like.

Interactions: People infected with kishaku experience an extreme increase in sexual desire. This sickness can be cured with medicine made from a tiger’s intestines.

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