Amahiko - [1876 Nagano News ver] - (JP: アマビコ, 尼彦) -
Definitely one of the stranger looking iterations of “Amabiko” you'll see Amabiko is the 3 legged monkey looking thing that popular mermaid Yokai AMABIE derives from, this one looks almost nothing like the original! -
This one appeared in the June 21, 1876 edition of the Nagano Newspaper, like the previous iterations of Amabiko, it gave a prediction and a blessing: "From this year forwards, there will be a great harvest for six years. But this year there will be an epidemic in the country and 60% of the people will die! If you draw a picture of me and look at it every morning and evening, you will be spared from the disease...” - The typical blessing yet again, but the article itself also ends with the writer saying something close to:
“...Someone told me about this so I wrote an article about it. Rather than doing something like that, read the newspapers and take care of yourselves.”
- I feel that is a pretty sweet sentiment!! So I included it hidden on the sticker. 🥰
Timeline wise, this one also appeared in the same month, as ‘’Arie” (June 17, 1876,) who the papers would later out as a “phony.” after Arie: newpapers largely stopped reporting about prophetic yokai. (there was a government crackdown on folklore in general at that time.)
Sticker Art by @Samkalensky (yo, thats me!) - Part of my Night parade of 100 Demons - Yokai & Japanese folklore sticker collection, weather resistant 4" sticker. Check my shop & follow @samkalensky for many more!