Here’s another favorite among the folklore of Japan, the Snow Maiden – Yuki no Onna.
The Snow Maiden is purported as a young, beautiful woman, with long, black hair and pale skin that was cold to the touch. Most likely to be seen in a snowstorm or a snowy landscape wearing a white kimono. The origin of the Yuki no Onna is up to some debate, she might be a snow spirit, but some believe she might have been the manifestation of a young woman who perished in the middle of the snowstorm. She is portrayed as violent and aggressive, but also loving and motherly.
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I refused to let Mitsuo talk us through the rest of the Mysteries, so the rest of the afternoon, we showed them where the library was – basement floor, sealed doors to protect original texts that were highly delicate, priceless and extremely dusty; we showed them the auditorium for assembly, announcements etc.; the principal’s office; the gym where various telekinetics were practicing throwing those giant exercise balls around the place; the convenience store across the street; the chicken and rabbit coop we had in the back – I wasn’t sure why we had those animals but I was betting on easy access for harvesting spell ingredients; and finally, the dorm building at the back..
Although portrayed as a trickster, the fox spirit is also considered a messenger and faithful servant of Inari, the god of rice and fertility. The ones who serve Inari are depicted to be white in color – a good omen. Inari shrines even features numerous guardian kitsune statues.
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When it comes to Japanese folklore, one of the more familiar characters is the kitsune (狐), the fox demon. Kitsune are capable of possessing humans, but they are most well-known for being shapeshifters. Foxes are known to be tricksters, fooling humans, stealing food, all kinds of petty crime.
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