Otoroshi - おとろし - [Yokai]
• About this Yokai: Otoroshi is a beast that invisibly lurks on top of torii gates (acting similarly to a Komainu.) - It leaps down on wicked people who don't bow or those who selfishly pray only for their own convenience. - Its name is often said to be a corruption of the word "osoroshii" - meaning "Scary."
• Early appearances & History •Otoroshi appears in some of the earliest yokai picture scrolls such as Hyakkai Zukan (1737, Sawaki Suushi) & Bakemono E (化物絵巻) & notably in Gazu Hyakki Yagyo (1776, Toriyama Sekien. ) - In "Yuki no Idewaji" (雪の出羽路, 1814) an Edo Period travel diary by Sugae Masumi, there is also the following story:
"If you pass by the Sae no Kamizaka at evening among other times in a leisurely stroll with a light drizzle and thick clouds, there would be a man who meets with a woman, the woman would meet with the man, and nurarihyon, otoroshi, nozuchi, among others would go on a hyakki yagyō, so some call it the bakemonozaka (monster hill)"
...as such, Otoroshi is also often said to be one of the leaders of the night parade of 100 demons.
Sticker Art by @Samkalensky (yo, thats me!) - Part of my Night parade of 100 Demons - Yokai & Japanese folklore sticker collection, weather-resistant 4" Glossy sticker. Check my shop & follow @samkalensky for many more! (Please note: 3D torigate is not included ⛩ however the Torii Gate sticker (3rd pic) is!!)