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Yokai Monsters: Karakasa-obake

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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.
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H311LORD's avatar
nice work and really liked them in the Yokai monster movies
Loneanimator's avatar

Yep, those movies are really cool!

H311LORD's avatar
shame they're hard to find with english subs
Akuba-Link's avatar
My favourite yokai ever ♥
Loneanimator's avatar
This hasn't happened to my old umbrella yet :)
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Glad you like him/her/it! :)
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Touch-Not-This-Cat's avatar
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.
Loneanimator's avatar
They probbaly did the right thing there. Those mushrooms are world famous now.
Touch-Not-This-Cat's avatar
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.
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I try to take very good care of my old household items! 
Touch-Not-This-Cat's avatar
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.
TammyTheRanger's avatar
Damn Pallysol! You scary!
PenciltipWorkshop's avatar
Wow. I've seen this picture of this spirit before. I just didn't realize you made it. Good stuff.
Loneanimator's avatar
Glad you like my little version of it :)
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gytalf2000's avatar
What a fantastickal beastie!
Akuba-Link's avatar
I love karakasa <3 so funny !
Sketch-TOONS's avatar
Is this where the kirby monster came from?
wow.
Just wow..
Zeonista's avatar
The sandal & lantern ones are just as surreal. :)
earthbaragon's avatar
Really, aside from the Kappa, this is the only real Yokai monster I am familiar with. And that is mostly from the 3 Yokai monster movie's that were done in the 60's. Awesome work though!
Ibeatganon4fun's avatar
Hm. Makes me think of some sort of demonic Snorunt...
WackyCoder's avatar
awesome drawing but this thing makes me go... Da fuq?
and is this from a book? or a video game?
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