A-Yokai-A-Day: Hanzaki

People often say that politicians are giant, slimy monsters. Since today was the 3rd presidential debate, I thought it would be appropriate to post a giant, slimy monster from yokai lore. That’s all I’m going to say about politics, because I think yokai are much more fun!

This yokai is based on the Japanese giant salamander. In real life, these guys can grow up to 5 feet long! In folklore, of course, they can get much larger. When I was a kid, I had a number of pet newts which I kept in a terrarium. I loved those guys. They were so much fun to watch, so beautiful, and just all around cool animals. I have never seen a live Japanese giant salamander, but I have seen them on tv, and they are truly impressive creatures. While the newts you can get it pet stores are actually kind of cute, these giant salamanders are warty, monstrous looking creatures and it’s totally understandable why people would come up with horror stories about them.

Sadly, these animals are highly vulnerable to human activity. Like many amphibians, they are sensitive to environmental pollutants, and development near the mountain streams in which they live can ruin their habitats. They are protected in Japan, so hopefully they will remain forever in real life and not just folklore.

Click below for the entry and legend about this awesome creature. Today’s yokai was requested and made possible by my Patreon backers. If you like A-Yokai-A-Day, please consider supporting me with $1 a month so I can keep producing yokai!



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