In his depiction his is shown in front of tea house, though no explanation to the history of this creature is provided. It is possible that the ‘ao’ may refer to a ‘rookie’ in Japanese. There is also a loquat tree depicted, used by monks to treat maladies which may show that this Yōkai is unable to heal people.1
The creature is very similar in appearance to the Mehitotsubou.
- View the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō online here: Gazu Hyakki Yagyō 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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