Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]
Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]
Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]
Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]
Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]
Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]
Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]
Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]
Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]
Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]
Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]
Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]
Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]
Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]
Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]

Chochin-kozo - 提灯小僧 - [Yokai]

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Chōchin kozo ちょうちんこぞう lantern boy

• About this yokai:
A mischievous yokai that appears from nowhere on particularly drizzly evenings near the out skirts of Aoba Castle, Sendai Miyagi Prefecture: appearing as an unassuming young boy with messy hair, he holds a lantern and quickly runs ahead of you and stares back in your direction with an spooky expression, his face begins to glow a bright red (like a lantern plant.) as you catch up: he runs further ahead & continues staring back... he does this repeatedly until day break when he vanishes into thin air.

[from 1853's 狂歌百物語]

This yokais appearance was thought to have something to do with various murders in the Aoba castle area. Notably it appeared shortly after a man murdered his wife. - The lamps face also resembling the famous Chochin version of Oiwa. (and knowing how Oiwa was killed, I guess supposed to be a clue. ) – Chōchin Kozō is thought to be a yokai that appears on rainy nights in places where people have been killed for no good reason. its said that the regrets of those murdered were killed perhaps turned into Yokai.

There are also a couple of parallel prankster yokai that behave similarly to this one for instance One of the Seven Wonders of Honjo, Tokyo - "Okuri Chōchin' is a yokai of a woman that appears before those without light at night, she simply guides the person home. (How nice)

Meanwhile another prankster that 'keeps you up all night' is "Tsukehimo Kozo."  付紐小僧(つけひもこぞう) "string boy" stories of which are  handed down in Nagano prefecture: its said that In the evenings, in Saku City. In the evening a young boy appears wearing a small jacket with the draw string untied: When a concerned adult approaches to tie the strings, he runs away. Tricking the concerned adult into following him around around all night.


--aside from being the potential residue of murders, they’re cute right?

Sticker art by @samkalensky part of my night parade of 100 demons sticker series, check my shop & follow for many more!

last pic from "Kyōka HyakuMonogatari" [you can check out the full book here: https://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16028coll7/id/5056 ]

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