A-Yokai-A-Day: Kizetsu no kanmushi

If you’d like to join me and many others in painting a yokai a day this month, all you have to do is paint, draw, or create any yokai you like, and share it using the hashtag #ayokaiaday. There’s no set list of yokai you have to paint, but you’re free to browse yokai.com or any other yokai resource and choose your favorites.

Kizetsu no kanmushi

Translation: fainting liver worm

Kizetsu no kanmushi has big boggly eyes and a long blue body with black speckles.

Infected people experience a string of symptoms. First, they begin to lose their hair, which the kizetsu no kanmushi feeds upon. Then, they experience tunnel vision. Moments later, they suffer from shortness of breath. Finally, they collapse, appearing as if dead.

This infection can be cured with the herb gokō (Origanum vulgare; oregano).

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