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.

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 11

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 eleventh day, some more family members arrived to see if Heitaro was doing alright. Word had spread far and wide of his haunting.

They talked with Heitaro for a while. When it was time to leave they discovered that their sword sheaths had vanished, stolen by spirits!

They searched around the house, but could not find them. Heitaro grew angry and shouted at the spirits. Then, the missing sheath fell from the ceiling.

Heitaro began to wonder if the bakemono were afraid of him, when he heard a strange noise in the kitchen. He went to investigate, and saw that his mortar and pestle were mysteriously grinding all on their own.

Later that evening, a young lady stopped by Heitaro’s home. She had heard he was lonely and came to keep him company.

Just then, from out of nowhere, a wooden wash tub appeared and began rolling towards here. It chased her all around the yard! She shrieked and tried to run away, but the tub kept following her.

She thought Heitaro was pranking her. He tried to explain, but she grew angry and left in a huff.

All in all it must have been a frustrating day for Heitaro.

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 10

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 ten, Heitaro’s friend Sadahachi came to visit.

While they were sitting and having a chat, suddenly Sadahachi’s head cracked open like a giant egg!

Out from Sadahachi’s cracked cranium crawled two, then three gooey babies.

The babies squirmed across the floor towards Heitaro like little red monkeys. As they got closer, their bodies began to coalesce and merge into one large baby.

Heitaro tried to catch the giant baby, but as soon as he got his hands on it, the thing vanished.

Afterwards, Heitaro grumbled to himself: “You know, ghosts and slimy babies and that kind of stuff doesn’t really bother me. But it’s another thing altogether to transform my friends!”