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Kodama (木魅, Tree-Spirit) is a type of Yōkai, which dwell in trees.
It is said that ancient trees have kami that reveal themselves.
Sekien’s depicts these beings as an elderly couple carrying rakes and brooms, living in an intertwining pine tree.
Noh Play – Takasago
In this Noh play. The Takasago Pine is considered one of a pair with the Sumino-e Pine growing in distant Sumiyoshi, together they are known as Aioi-no-matsu (paired pines). The play’s protagonist, a Shinto Priest encounters an elderly couple sweeping up needles under a tree. The old man explains that pine trees live for a thousand years, then revealing he and his wife are manifestations of the souls of the paired trees.1
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1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: over Publications, Inc.
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