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.
On the 19th day, a friend suggested that all of this occurrences were illusions perpetrated by a mischievous tanuki or kitsune. He suggested that Heitaro set up traps to capture the troublemaker.
However, the yokai saw right through his plan. They disabled all of the traps and threw them up onto Heitaro’s roof!
When the trapmaker heard what had happened, he grew afraid. If it had truly been a kitsune or tanuki, they would have been too afraid to even approach the traps. No, the real culprit must be something far more fearsome!
I don’t know… kitsune are pretty smart, and not much fazes them. On the other hand, I agree it’s more than kitsune. Although, it’s sounding more and more like a contest: “Who can last the longest.”
Kitsune are powerful, but also cowardly. They hate dogs, and traps usually terrify them. They probably would have taken the trap away entirely instead of just tossing it on the roof. Whatever is behind this haunting, it seems more like it’s toying with Heitaro.
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