A-Yokai-A-Day: Hyakume

One of the weirdest yokai I have ever come across is this monstrosity, the one-hundred-eyed demon known as Hyakume. I painted a version of him a few years back, in my Hyakki Yako panels from the first A-Yokai-A-Day series. This is the version that appears in Night Parade.



Hyakume 百目

Translation: one hundred eyes
Habitat: abandoned homes, temples, caves, and other shady areas
Diet: unknown

Appearance: Like its name suggests, hyakume is covered from head to foot with countless blinking, yellow eyes. Underneath those eyes is a fleshy body, roughly man-sized. With its eyes closed, it resembles a pink lump of flesh, and is nearly indistinguishable from the nuppeppō (which lives in a similar habitat).

Behavior: Hyakume make their homes in old temples, guarding them from would-be thieves during the night. During the day, the sky is too bright for their many sensitive eyes, and so they only comes out night, spending the lighter hours in dark and shadowy buildings where few humans ever go.

Interactions: Should a human come within a few meters of a hyakume, one of its eyes will detach from its body and fly towards the person, sticking to his body for as long as he is in the area, watching it for criminal activity. Eventually the eye will return to the yokai. When hyakume attack, they jump out of the dark in a threatening manner. They are not particularly violent, and rely on their size and fearsome appearance to scare humans away.

Interested in learning more about yokai? Check out my book, The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons, on Amazon.com and learn the story behind hyakume and over one hundred other bizarre monsters!

3 thoughts on “A-Yokai-A-Day: Hyakume

  1. Oh crap dude, sorry! I didn’t realize you were the writer at yokai.com! I feel like a huge idiot now.

    I get annoyed with blatant plagarism on the internet, and I thought you were doing that. My apologies, and thanks for all your great work.

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