A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 3

This year for #ayokaiaday we are looking at the bizarre occurrences which took place at the Ino residence in Miyoshi, Hiroshima, during July of 1749. These occurrences all revolve around a young boy named Ino Heitaro. His story is collected in Ino mononoke roku, a collection of scrolls, books, and legends which collectively form the narrative of a supernatural phenomenon that took place 270 years ago.

The following morning, Ino Heitaro steeled himself for what he knew would be an eventful day…

It wasn’t long before the first attack came. An upside-down severed woman’s head burst into his living room through a mouse hole in the wall. It scrambled from wall to wall on legs made of long, black hair. It flicked its tongue wildly as it skittered about and cackled. It hopped on Heitaro’s knee, and jump up on to his head, and it licked Heitaro all over from head to toe.

That night, as Heitaro lay in bed, the next attack came. Suddenly and without warning, countless green bottle gourds descended on strings from the ceiling. They dropped down, closer, closer, barely out of reach of his face.

Heitaro, cool as a cucumber, just went back to bed.

2 thoughts on “A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 3”

  1. Now that’s more like it! But then… gourds? Of course, what would really interest me is whether there is any rhyme or reason to all this hullabaloo, and any… meaning to what is going on? Licking? UGH!

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