A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 18

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 day eighteen, Heitaro went into his room to discover that all of the tatami were missing…

On a second glance, however, he realized that they weren’t missing, but were actually all strung up and hanging upside-down from the ceiling. Classic prank!

That night, a jingling sound was heard from the store room. When the door was opened up, a bishop’s staff jumped out and began to fly around the house, jingling and jangling as it went.

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 17

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 seventeeth day of Heitaro’s haunting had come, with no sign at all that things would be letting up.

A group of friends came to spend the night at Heitaro’s house. Whether they came to genuinely support Heitaro through this difficult time, or because they just wanted to see the strange events firsthand, records don’t say.

What records do say, though, is pretty impressive:

During the evening, everyone was gathered together under the mosquito net. They were having a good time drinking and chatting, when suddenly they felt a presence. An eerie shadow was seen against the wall of the kitchen. Then they heard voices and footsteps in the house…

Everyone was terrified and unable to move. Everyone except for Heitaro, of course. He went into the kitchen to see what was going on.

Nobody was there. However, a barrel of pickles had been left by the kitchen door!

“Look everyone! The ghosts left us a present!” said Heitaro. “Let’s eat them!”

Of course, nobody but Heitaro would even consider eating pickles that had been left by yokai.

Oh well, more for Heitaro I guess?

Upon returning to the bed room, everyone noticed that their swords had vanished. They began to panic. Where could they have gone? Could yokai even use swords?

They searched all over the room. Then, they looked up. All of their swords were on top of the mosquito net!

Everyone grew more and more afraid. They huddled together and piled the futons on top of themselves.

Next, the table and incense stand from the butsudan began to fly about the room.

Heitaro’s friends were absolutely terrified. They covered their ears with their hands and squeezed their eyes closed.

Some of them started to cry.

One of Heitaro’s friends felt sick. He threw up on another guest’s face.

Heitaro washed his two friends off. However, the whole group decided that they’d had enough. Everyone ran home, leaving Heitaro alone with the spirits once again.

Well, the spirits and his barrel of pickles.

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 16

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.

By the sixteenth night, the glue in his room from the previous night was completely gone. Heitaro was once again able to lay out his futon. Finally he would be able to get a good night’s sleep!

…Or so he thought.

During the night, a dozen or so severed heads on stakes appeared in his room. They began to dance around on their sticks, around his bed and up to his pillow. All of this was accompanied by strange, ritualistic music which came from out of nowhere.

Heitaro was tired and not in the mood. He went to sleep anyway, and let the severed heads just do their thing.

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 15

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 fifteenth day, Heitaro heard a funny noise in his living room. It sounded like a voice shouting “Tontokosa kokoni!

The sound was so bizarre that Heitaro had to investigate. It seemed to be coming from a painting hanging on his wall. Heitaro lifted the painting and…

…the missing sheath from the other day fell out from behind it, covered in dust and grime!

That night, Heitaro went into his room to prepare for bed, only to discover that the floors, walls, and ceiling were all covered in sticky glue!

There was no place to lay out his futon. Heitaro had no choice but to sleep sitting up. He glued himself to a pillar to keep from falling over.

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 14

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 day fourteen, Heitaro heard a strange noise coming from his shed. When he went to check, he saw that the grindstone was moving all on its own!

Heitaro thought this was awesome. He filled up the mill with unpolished rice, and decided he would let the ghosts do the hard work of removing the husks.

He went to bed happy.

Until, that is, something woke him from his sleep.

The enormous head of an old woman had materialized on Heitaro’s ceiling. Her tongue was long, and drooping out of her mouth. Before he could react, she began to lick Heitaro all over.

Heitaro wasn’t scared. More like inconvenienced. He rolled over and tried to fall back asleep.

The worst part: Upon waking up, Heitaro discovered that none of the rice he put in the mill had been polished! Even though the millstone was grinding noisily all night, it did not actually do any work.

Stupid ghosts…

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 13

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 day thirteen, Heitaro’s cook suggested hanging a sacred painting of Yakushi Nyorai in the house for protection. He offered to travel to Saikoji to borrow the scroll. However, his legs seized up and he wasn’t able to walk. So instead, Heitaro and his friend Heigoro would journey to the temple to borrow the painting.

Along the way, there was a flash of bright light and a sound like thunder. A bright red stone hurtled through the sky, and struck Heigoro’s back!

Heigoro fell to the ground, badly hurt and unable to walk. Heitaro had to carry him all the way home.

In the end, nobody got the scroll.

Ouch!

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 12

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 twelfth day, Heitaro noticed that all of the ofuda he had placed on his walls to protect his house from evil had been defaced.

Not a good sign…

That night, as he lay in bed trying to sleep, an enormous toad leaped out of his closet. The toad had a rope tied around its waist. It jumped up onto Heitaro’s belly and glared at him.

Heitaro recognized the rope. He figured that his laundry basket must have been transformed into the toad. He was tired and not in the mood for such nonsense. He gripped the toad’s rope tight and went back to sleep.

When Heitaro woke up in the next morning, the frog had turned back into his laundry basket.