A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 23

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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 twenty three, Heitaro heard a great commotion coming from Gonpachi’s house. He went over to investigate.

All of the furniture, dishes, cups, and book were scattered about as if it was the aftermath of a big party. Oddly, though, Gonpachi was not home. Heitaro went inside to investigate.

In one area, the ceiling was sagging into the room. Heitaro poked it with his sword. The ceiling slid back up to where it should be.

That evening, a massive beehive larger than he had ever seen appeared above Heitaro’s bed.

The beehive began blowing colorful bubbles!

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 22

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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 twenty second morning, Heitaro woke up to the sound of sweeping. Looking out into his living room, he saw that his broom was standing on its own, and sweeping the house all by itself!

Heitaro couldn’t help but laugh. What a great ghost to have!

On the other hand, that night, he was unable to fall asleep. He could hear a great commotion, as if many people were talking, even though nobody was in there.

I guess you have to take the bad with the good.

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 21

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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.

It was now three full weeks since Ino Heitaro’s haunting began. Pretty much anybody would need a break by now. Even with all of his bravery, surely Heitaro must be starting to crack?

Heitaro decided to read a book to clear his mind. Unfortunately, there was no way he was going to read uninterrupted…

The shadow of a person appeared on the wall in the light from his lantern. The shadow was so clearly cast that Heitaro could make out every detail. It looked like a human reading a book out loud.

Heitaro watched the shadow’s mouth and tried to read its lips, but he couldn’t make out what it was saying…

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 20

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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 twenty, a stunningly beautiful servant girl came from a nearby household to visit Heitaro.

What a pleasant turn of events! She even brought a box of bean cakes as a present.

The young lady sat with Heitaro and two of them chatted for some time. She was so beautiful that Heitaro began to grow suspicious… Could this really be happening?

When it was time for her to leave, Heitaro saw her to the door, like a gentleman.

As soon as she stepped out of the front gate, she faded away! It turns out she was a mononoke too.

As for the bean cakes she brought, they actually belonged to Heitaro’s neighbor.

A mononoke and a thief!

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 19

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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!

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

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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

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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.