Izuna (飯綱) also goes by the name of kuda-kitsune (管狐). It can be said the two are the same, yet have some small more distinctive qualities and legends about them that make them a little different. The Izuna is a small youkai, with soft fur and a tail like the end of a broom. It's born with all… Continue reading Izuna

Tsuki and Mochi

  Most of my research is a miss-mash of Internet sources, books and my own rough supposition. Although the great thing about fiction is how much you can make up by your own imagination, I do try to gather as much facts as I can, especially when dealing with myths. As mentioned before, Inugami are… Continue reading Tsuki and Mochi

Inugami and Shikigami

Onmyouji and Shikigami go hand-in-hand, and not just because they're both hard to pronounce. Although Onmyouji by and large, practiced a form of divination arts, many believed that the truly powerful ones were capable of controlling spirits and demons. Shikigami  (she-ki-ga-mi) 式神, are such spirits that Onmyouji could have do their bidding. Depending on how good the practitioner was, shikigami could… Continue reading Inugami and Shikigami