•About this Yokai•
Rokurokubi - ろくろ首 - "Pully neck"
Once a normal human, now a Yokai, living with something like a somnambulant curse: while she sleeps, her neck grows incredibly long, extending longer & longer extending down the hallway, out the window eating bugs, birds and licking up lamp oil, scaring people and getting into general mischief. Their heads take on a personality of their own, To make matters worse, the poor girl doesn't remember anything when she wakes up. (its almost like sleep walking.)
This type of curse can also be hereditary, passed down from mothers to their daughters, it can be brought on by a family members misdeeds, and as such most rokurokubi are completely unaware of their curse... Sometimes this "curse" is also considered a supernatural disease or "Kibyo 奇病" (strange illness.)
Depending on the curse the rokurokubi may also be vampiric. there are similar yokai from china known as Nukekubi 抜け首 who prefer to drink human blood as well.
It has been said that somewhere in the recesses of Mount Yoshino, there's an entire village made up of Rokurokubi & everyone wears scarves to hide their necks!
This yokai is seen frequently in Edo period artworks & commonly depicted along side Mikoshi-Nyudo who is often mistaken for the male variant, however the difference is that Mikoshi-nyudo is a usually yokai by default. - She is also a regular attendant of the Hyakki Yagyo: Night Parade of 100 Demons.
see also: Mikoshi-Nyudo, Nuke Kubi, Namakubi &"Punkish onna"
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! - last pic is from