A-Yokai-A-Day: Minokedachi

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In nine years of doing A-Yokai-A-Day, 3 books, my Patreon project, and all the various yokai events in between, I have seen a lot of yokai. I’ve seen just about every kind of slimey, sticky, bloody, gory, ghastly monster you can imagine. I’ve seen incredibly graphic illustrations, and mummified body parts sewn on to other animals. And yet, I think that drawing today’s yokai is the first time my stomach has actually turned slightly. This may just be the grossest-looking goblin I have ever come across, and bringing my face right up to his as I painstakingly recreated the details of his greasy body hair… phew, I tell you I could almost smell him!

Anyway, enough disgusting details. Enjoy the yokai!

Minokedachi

Minokedachi
“standing-up body hair”

Minokedachi first appears in the Matsui Bunko Hyakki yagyo emaki, where its name is recorded as jujubo. It appears in a number of other later yokai scrolls, and for some reason, the name was changed to minokedachi. Minokedachi seems to have stuck while jujubo eventually faded in obscurity. Perhaps because it is a more obviously descriptive name? In any case, feel free to use either name. I’ll be using minokedachi on this blog simply because it’s more common.

Minokedachi is a grotesque yokai with short, thick, bristly hairs all over its body. It has a hunched over posture and its arms are extended in front of it like an old perverted grandpa doing the creep. To make things worse, its lips are pursed or puckered in an almost pensive pose. It gives the impressive of a dirty old man sucking on his teeth, trying to find something to complain about. This is truly a repulsive specter.

What this yokai truly is or does is anyone’s guess. Some have theorized this yokai haunts people and causes them to whinge and gripe incessantly about things. That tooth-sucking, pursed lip pose certainly adds weight to that theory. Others have pointed out that the condition of your hair standing up on end is one of fear. This yokai’s name means hair standing up on end, and it is covered in thick, standing hairs, so perhaps this yokai is afraid. Maybe minokedachi is a spirit of fear?

Frankly, I think both of those theories can be simultaneously correct. If I ran into this tooth-sucking, nearly naked, hairy old pervert yokai out on the street, I think my hair would stand up on end!


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