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 fifth day, Heitaro stepped out on the balcony overlooking his backyard.
He stepped down from the balcony to go into his garden, but when his foot landed where the stepping stone should have been, instead of a stone there was a big blue yokai instead!
Heitaro’s foot sunk into the monster’s belly, like soft mud. It was sticky, gooey, and cold.
Heitaro wasn’t too happy about it either, but he managed to keep his cool.
Now they’re back to practical jokes… but the yokai didn’t respond at all? Most of the ones that came before were pretty lively!
True, there’s not much of a method to their madness.
Madness IS the method
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