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Depicted with a hat formed of an umbrella, Sekien’s notes alongside the creature tell us that this creature was the ‘houseboy’ of the Rain kami Ushi.
This creature can also be found depicted in a pamphlet from 1792 illustrated by Utagawa Toyokuni, who was in his lifetime a pupil of Sekien’s disciple Utagawa Toyoharu. This pamphlet (kibiyōshi) was called the Gozonji no Bakemono (Monsters you Know) and focused upon this creature.1
Depiction by Utagawa Toyokuni.
- View the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki online here: Konjaku Online.
1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.
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