Tesso

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Hear about Tesso on Episode 2 of our Podcast, the Japan Archives.

Tesso
Depiction in the Gazu Hyakki Yagyo.

Tesso

Tesso (鉄鼠) is a Yōkai depicted in the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō by Toriyama Sekien. His tale is related in the Taiheiki.

This Yōkai takes the form of a plague of rats created by the Monk Raigō after his spirit was reborn, dying from a hunger strike, the hunger strike due to Emperor Shirakawa reneging on a promise to the monk.

This promise was that, if the monk prayed for the safe birth of his son then he would expand the temple of Mii-dera where Raigō resided.

As a horde of rats, this Yōkai ravaged the libraries of Kyoto’s temples, particularly that of Enryaku-ji.1

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Footnotes

1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.

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