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.
Like the days preceding it, the fourth day of Ino Heitaro’s haunting included two events. Fortunately, they were not nearly as traumatic as the previous ones were.
First, it became extremely cold. Even though it was the middle of summer, an wind so icy blew through his house that his teakettle froze over. The lid would not open no matter how hard he tried, and he wasn’t even able to start a fire to thaw it. A day without tea? Fine! That’s not going to bother our brave boy Heitaro.
Later, all of the papers in his book shelf were blown about by the cold wind. They sprang to life and began fluttering about the room like butterflies. Mildly annoying? Sure. A pain to clean up? You bet. But our hero Heitaro is far too tough to be even remotely perturbed by something like this. He carried on throughout the day as if nothing strange was going on at all.
Hmmm… it’s almost as if he is being… tested? What about… umm… what’s his name?
It doesn’t say what was going on at Gonpachi’s house. Ever since the hitsotsume kozo terrorized him, it sounds like the spirits are leaving him alone.