He holds a special position within the ranks of the Yōkai as he is now seen to be the ‘leader’ of them. However, it wasn’t until 1929 that this belief began after the publication of a book by Morihiko Fujisawa.
The Hyakki Zukan’s depiction (below) follows much of the same imagery, however, the size of the Yōkai’s head is even more exaggerated.
|Hyakkai Zukan||Bakemono no e|
- 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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