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!”

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 9

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 ninth night things started getting more serious.

A young samurai acquaintance named Ryodayu visited the house to speak with Heitaro.

“I’ve come to loan you this magnificent sword. It has the power to slay the obake haunting you.”

Just then, a stone mortar began to roll about the house on its own. A perfect chance to demonstrate the sword’s power!

Crack! Ryodayu struck the stone mortar with the katana… only to have it chip against the stone like a worthless toy.

“I’ve ruined the sword! And I failed to slay the monster! I have no right to live!”

Ryodayu took responsibility for his shame by dropping to his knees, drawing his secondary sword, and cutting his stomach open before Heitaro. Blood and guts spilled out all over the room. Heitaro stood for a while in shock.

Heitaro began to wonder if now he, too, must now commit suicide. After all, it was on his account that Ryodayu took his own life. Before he could decide, he heard a knock at his gate…

It was the ghost of Ryodayu.

Heitaro didn’t answer.

The ghost stood outside of Heitaro’s gate. It wailed and moaned menacingly. Then it called out a complaint: “Heitaro, how are you so brave? It’s really annoying!”

The following morning came. Ryodayu’s body, the bloody mess, the stone mortar, and the ghost had all vanished.

It had all been another illusion…

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 8

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.

Two of Heitaro’s uncles had heard of the problems going on at their nephew’s house. They stopped by to see if they could help on the eighth day.

The uncles and Heitaro discussed the apparitions and tried to come up with a plan of attack. However, while they were doing so three bales of salt suddenly flew into the house, hurled by some unseen force!

The salt bales danced about above their heads, spinning around the room and sprinkling salt all over the heads of the three men.

Then, a shoe was also thrown into the house! It danced about in the air too, until it finally rocketed away, leaving a hole in the sliding door.

The two uncles were amazed beyond belief. They ran away and didn’t come back.

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 7

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 seventh day, word had spread around town about the haunting at the Ino household. Some of Heitaro’s warrior friends came over to see if they could help slay the yokai.

That day there was a giant monk rampaging about in Heitaro’s yard!

Gonpachi stabbed at the giant with his spear. But the giant grabbed the spear and hurled it into Heitaro’s house!

After that, the spear began flying around the house on its own, stabbing and slashing at everyone inside.

This was too much for Heitaro’s friends. They panicked, and they ran back to their homes.

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 6

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 six day, the gigantic head of an old woman had taken up residence in Heitaro’s woodshed. There was no body attached to it; just a massive head that filled up the whole shed and blocked the doorway.

When Heitaro opened up the door, it glared at him. Most people would probably have screamed and run away at this. Not Heitaro. He took his the smaller of his two swords and stuck it right into her forehead. It slid in effortlessly. The giant head didn’t even wince.

By the next morning, the giant head had vanished. However, his sword was still floating in mid air, right where he had stuck it in her forehead. As he looked at it, it fell to the ground with a clang.

A-Yokai-A-Day: Ino Mononoke Roku, Day 5

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 fifth day of Heitaro’s haunting, Gonpachi came over to visit.

The two of them discussed the strange phenomena that had been happening, when all of a sudden…

…a big stone with fingers and eyes sprouting from it appeared! It scurried into the room like a giant crab.

Gonpachi freaked out. He drew his sword to attack the crab-stone. Of course, against a creature made of stone his sword could do nothing at all. Heitaro, meanwhile, was unfazed.

By the following morning, the creature had turned back into an ordinary stone. Heitaro discovered it lying on the floor of his kitchen. It was the pickle stone from his neighbor’s tsukemono barrel.