33 Comments10K Views
The "Umbrella Ghost" is another popular Yokai. It belongs to a special sort of supernatural beings called tsukumo-gami -household objects that come to life when they turn a hundred years old. This image was done for a book project about the creatures of japanese folklore.
819x1358px 704.8 KB
© 2011 - 2021 Loneanimator
By the way, did you know the Super Mario monster, the Goomba, was originally supposed to be one of these, but they couldn’t make it look right in 6 bit graphics, so Nintendo just rolled with it when everyone else assumed that they, too, were a kind of mushroom.
UNFAIRLY NEGLECTED household objects. Umbrellas that are used lovingly, and maintained to the best of the owner’s ability, will not come back after they are totally worn out beyond possible repair. A huge chunk of the point of these stories was to drive home the moral necessity and responsibility of practical craftsmanship. Imagine throwing away a working iPhone because it simply had an ugly crack, and 100 years later it comes back as a techno demon, sworn to get revenge on Your descendants for dumping it for a petty reason. Same concept.
There was this weird Japanese tween adventure movie i saw a few years ago where a yokai of anger found a way of accelerating the 100 year transformation process and was basically raising an army of modern garbage monsters to seek revenge against humans. A morality play against wasteful consumerism, basically.