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Tsukumogami: Inanimate Ghouls of Japan
Come one, come all, come out if you dare, the night parade of demons begins! One hundred yokai to horrify and amaze clamor down the streets of your town; a pandemonium that can’t be ignored!
Rokurokubi, Kuchisake, Futakuchi, and a host of others make their appearance. Afraid to be killed, maimed, or worse? You should be – there are no friends in this gallery of grotesque foes. But among them, yes, there comes a procession of strange and unusual creatures, unlike anything seen in any other part of the world: the tsukumogami arrive, the artifacts of 99 years, the haunted items of disrepair. Broken, forgotten, misused, lost, the tsukumogami are the inanimate ghouls of our own creation. Man-made. Peculiar. Uncanny. Fifteen in all, this night, meander, cackling and stomping, shattering the silence.
Come, come, take a peek as they pass – they are not like the others. Most are not dangerous. Most will not kill. You are safe! So come, come and see some of the great ghouls of Japan:
Did they scare you? Did they make you laugh? The tsukumogami’s plight is a long one in the making. Do not subject your things to this curse of years – fix what is broken, clean what is dirty, and before it turns one hundred, take it to a monk for cremation!
Now, quickly, quickly…. the procession continues. We should all get back inside before Odokuro (the Giant Skeleton) arrives.
This post would not have been possible without the fantastic resources at Yokai.com and YokaiWIKI.