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Japan mascots’ life: Kinukake san (Kyoto)

Kinukake san

According to his own webpage: Kinukake-san is originally a ghost from the mid-Heian Era, more than a thousand years ago and occasionally visits his favorite haunts in the area around Kinukake-no-michi Road. If you see him, just call out “Kinukake-san!” and he’ll sidle right over!

kinukake road

Kinukake-san does have his moods, though. He’ll have a perfectly friendly discussion with one person, and then completely ignore the next person. So if he turns a deaf ear to you, don’t take it personally.

One group that Kinukake-san is unlikely to ignore is women, since he was quite the playboy in his former life. If he casually asks for your messenger app username, don’t fall for it.

Also, don’t be shocked by his trademark Kyoto dialect and brusque style. He’s known to suddenly call someone out, Kyoto style, with one of his favorite epithets. Among the milder ones: “Why, you little pipsqueak!” and “Hey, Stupid!”

That said, Kinukake-san can be a good sport. He joins other marathon fans in front of Ninna-ji Temple to urge on the athletes in the Kyoto Marathon every February, passing out KINUKAKESAN stickers and WISH THEM LUCK candies to the cheering onlookers.

Kinukake-san was an actual, historical figure, born in the mid-Heian Era, in 894 AD. Heir to a family of Kyoto aristocrats, Kinukake-san spent his youth in hedonistic pursuits, especially with young ladies. Unfortunately, one of these dalliances is believed to have sent Kinukake-san to an early grave: a woman he hurt turned to an occult practitioner called an Onmyoji to make Kinukake-san pay with his life.
Although Kinukake-san’s body was buried at the foot of Mt. Kinugasa, his soul could never rest because he had such a lust for life in the temporal world. As legend has it, he recast his spirit as an apparition, and headed back to his old haunts.
Only Kinukake-san himself knows if all the talk of his past is true, and he’s not saying. However, now that the people of the area have brought him back to life as the campy “yuru-chara” mascot for Kinukake-no-michi Road, it’s always easy to see what he’s up to. These days, Kinukake-san is living a pretty active life for a thousand year-old man.

He also has his own Youtube channel :

Le youkai du jour: kasa obake

youkai in your house

C’est un de mes préférés car je lui trouve un petit air mignon! je l’ai retrouvé, posé discrètement, dans certaines estampes de Kuniyoshi. On l’appelle parfois « karakasa » car en fait c’est une ombrelle ou 傘おばけ « kasa » parapluie et « obake » fantôme.

Il appartient à la famille des tsukumogami, ces outils du quotidien qui, à force d’être utilisés, au bout de 100 années selon certains textes, acquièrent une âme. Quand ils deviennent vieux ils peuvent se transformer en fantômes.

En général le kasa obake n’a qu’un seul pied! il est plus farceur que véritablement méchant… et parfois, derrière un karakasa on trouve.. un tanuki.

Enshin_Kasa-obake Enshin Kanô.

A vous de trouver les youkai chez vous

La version Hello Kitty


J’aime beaucoup ce site de dessins de youkai: l'image d'origine

Il a un petit côté Halloween ^^

Et à Kyoto en forme de lanterne




Kasa obake =le fantôme parapluie

Le gatchapon du jour : des chats fantômes


Ce sont les âmes des chats décédés!


Ils sont trop kawaii ( ou kowai selon les personnes). En japonais, entre « kawaii » mignon et « kowai » qui fait peur il n’y a qu’un son de différent!
C’est le seul gatchapon qui m’a fait craquer et j’ai eu le chat noir qui va parfaitement avec mes strap obake (obake = fantôme). J’adore la petite flamme bleue sur leur tête.
Pour ceux qui cherchent des gatchapon il y en a plein dans le magasin Yodobashi camera près de la gare.