A-Yokai-A-Day: Tonshi no kanmushi

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Tonshi no kanmushi
頓死の肝虫

Translation: sudden death liver worm

Tonshi no kanmushi infects the liver (as do all kanmushi). It has a yellow body covered in black speckles, and at the end of its tail there is a white string-like appendage. It has a red mouth and tongue. The top of its head is black (which looks just like hair in the illustration, although the description of this worm doesn’t really go into further detail).

When a tonshi no kanmushi bites down on the liver, its host will die suddenly. Yikes!

Fortunately, it can be treated! Mokkō (Saussurea costus) is an effective cure.


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