BakeKujira – 化鯨 – Ghost whale - yokai sticker
BakeKujira – 化鯨 – Ghost whale - yokai sticker
BakeKujira – 化鯨 – Ghost whale - yokai sticker
BakeKujira – 化鯨 – Ghost whale - yokai sticker

BakeKujira – 化鯨 – Ghost whale - yokai sticker

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BakeKujira (JP:化鯨) are The vengeful spirits of whales which hold grudges against humans for over fishing & hunting them. - Supposedly it appeared off the coast of Shimane prefecture accompanied by strange fish & birds the likes which nobody had ever seen before, a fisherman threw his harpoon at it to no effect & the whale then delivered a “curse & disease” to a nearby village.

Although its a very popular yokai to illustrate these days (and who can blame anyone, it’s description paints such a cool image, right???) - the creatures actual folklore/historical roots are murky at best -it seems that for the most part this yokai it was most likely an invention of Shigeru Mizuki. – Though there are many shrines dotted about japan which are dedicated to whales that fed the masses, so, it makes enough sense that there would be a Yokai whale as well right? 🤷‍♀️ Mizuki also wrote about a man who ate so much whale meat he became a large whale shaped person, but he didn’t complete the illustration because he got sick! (he later said it was cursed!!!)

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!