•About this Yokai•
Biro~n – "びろ~ん"
A mysterious ghost-like yokai with a stretchy constancy like jelly: it likes to tickle peoples necks with its thin tail. – it once tried to transform into the shape of a buddha by chanting a magic spell: “Biro! Biro! Biro~n!” but it failed, so its now stretched out and kinda droopy. Disappears if chant that, or if you add salt!
•History & Early appearances•
It's earliest named appearance was "Ichiban kuikui Nihon yokai zukan" or "The Most Wonderful Illustrated Book of Japanese Yokai" (1972) [last slide] by Arifumi Sato. – When they where asked for a source, they where unable to remember it! in the same book it appears next to a yokai resembling Gotaimen, but there its called "Haradashi' for that reason, its often said this yokai was created by the author, however the exact truth is unknown - There are earlier yokai that resemble it for sure, but no one has found the exact origin for both the story & spell. – The same book also mentions that because it was trying to mimic buddha, its another name for the mock buddha yokai: "nuribotoke"
See also: Gotaimen, Haradashi, Nuribotoke.
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