Japanese culture to the rest of the world seems somewhat unusual. The Japanese, like all nations with a rich and ancient culture, have a pantheon of gods and monsters, some of which are very funny.
Akaname literally means "to lick the dirt." He recalls something terrible or something very sexy, depends on taste. The peculiarity of this spirit that he is the owner of an extremely long tongue. Akaname appears in filthy public baths and licks her tongue there is accumulated dirt or mucus.
More akaname does nothing. According to legends, it can not kill a man eat his relatives or anyone to curse, he did not crawl out of the TV and you zalёt your own blood - it just cleans the bath. However, if the person will wash in the bath akaname licked, it can lead to any disease.
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If you wake up from a restless sleep and find that densely caked with a sheet, which is firmly stuck to your legs and waist, the only one way out - to pull your knees to your chin and go back to sleep. Now imagine that it's not a hallucination and your sheet trying to kill you.
Ittan-momen translated as "a piece of cotton cloth" - a ghost of a piece of cotton around three meters long and narrow, like a towel. At night he is looking for a victim, and when it finds, then wrapped around her face and choking to death, and then flies off with her to heaven. For some reason, these evil people kill towels, Japanese folklore explains.
Most Japanese monsters in common is that they seemed to have no objective reason to harm people - they do not have the motivation and purpose. Look at several Japanese horror movie: it often seems that things happen for no reason at all, and with each other are not connected.
In the Japanese version of the film "The Ring," there is a scene where the guy looks footage from security cameras and sees the ghost kills girl, despite the fact that she never watched the fateful tape - just like that, for no reason, so the story unfolds. You ask - what does this have to nuppeppo? The most direct.
Nuppeppo - an amorphous blob of flesh. Folds give humanoid monster body outline - arms, legs, face, but by and large the monster is the amoeba from the muscles, which smells like rotten meat and roams the abandoned urban areas at night.
No goals, he is not pursuing, and by and large does not do anything at all. However, if you managed to catch him and eat, you may be granted eternal youth. However, it does not have to pay attention to its disgusting smell and appearance.
Japanese people - the people that give great importance to the customs and formalities. Appearances are important to them, and any Japanese always strives to do something important to properly and not haphazardly. If this is true for the majority of the Japanese, they are overwhelmingly Nurarihyon, or the most terrible guests who may only come into the house.
So Nurarihyon comes into your home while you are away or busy pretending you drink tea and generally behaves in a businesslike way - for example, takes some of the things you own and forget to return. Various sources indicate that he - the head of a pantheon of other creepy ghost, and perhaps picky spirits admire just what Nurarihyon same time behaves, and politely, and at the same time as he pleases. I wonder just what makes the master of the household and, if they find a substitute.
Sazae-oni - a very sexy sea snails. Yes exactly. Why - not necessarily know, people do not have to understand the nature of supernatural forces. In Japan, there is a belief that some drown in a sea of girls are just the snails, then converted at the request back to the beautiful girls.
In Japanese folklore, have a history of sailors, who found beauty in the sea. They were lucky: it was just Sazae-oni and agreed overnight to sleep with every man on board. However, she treated them as something strange - a bit off the genitals, the other snapped. But the story does not end there.
After the castration of all seafarers, including the last (or perhaps the most disgusting, or the most unobservant), snail men offered to buy back parts of their bodies for the stolen gold. Naturally, they all paid, and the snail swam satisfied.
Bakezōri - a ghost sandals, living in homes where care for the wrong shoes. It is difficult to understand what is considered to be wrong - maybe you do not clean boots for a night or often go through the mud. All options seem insignificant cause of the universe into the shoes of the evil spirit. Well, unless you enjoy kicking too.
Revived sandal express your protest, it will wander around the house at night and shouting something unintelligible, with make it impossible to be silent. Probably, it will cease mess if you start to take care of it or, alternatively, throw out in the trash - a ghost in the house alone to return some reason can not. Well, yes, it's shoes.
Shirime literally means "eye in the ass" - the monster is really eye is on the site of the anus and the function of and of both at the same time.
Here is one legend about shirime. Samurai wandering the streets alone - at night, of course. Just imagine: a samurai in the era of feudalism patrolling the streets, the sound of his steps muffles the night fog, the black sky shines a huge yellow moon. And suddenly attracted the attention of the warrior rustling - someone goes after him! The night spreads otherworldly voice: "Wait! Please wait! »
Samurai instantly turns around and sees him on the street moves with the grace of a drunken ass forward on all fours, a man looks at him and that should be the anus. Perhaps blinks.
You already have to guess what the story ends, although the Japanese fairy tale ending is not quite normal. Think Samurai kicked the monster? Or jabbed a finger in his eye? Or chopped into steaks? No. They had an affair, where the key role played just the eyes.
In another version of the eye began to emit a strange glow, and the samurai ran away. However, it contains a hint that the monster caught up with him and apparently avenged the alternative ending. The only lesson to be learned from this story is that if you see this monster, then it must be pushed in the back and run away until he is disoriented and blind.