This particular creature is a type of fictious incense that can conjur images of the dead in its smoke.
He burned this particular insence, but all it did was serve to make his longing for her even deeper, leading him to write the following poem:
Is it thou?
Is it not?
I stand here gazing at a faint form,
why art though so slow to come to me?
- View the book online here: Konjaku Hyakki Shūi 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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