•About this Yokai•
Zashiki Warashi - 座敷童子 - "Guest room child"
Friendly little ghost kid that haunts Tatami Guest Rooms... Unlike most other ghosts you actually want these to haunt you! – Considered guardians of the house and are worshipped as gods of luck: It's said that they'll bring incredibly good fortune while they're in your home – The catch is: all your good luck and wealth will suddenly flip & become chaos if they ever decide to leave...
Like most kids, they love snacks, candy & pulling pranks such as like leaving footprints on the walls & floor or spinning in chairs and invisibly giggling.
•History and early appearances•
There are countless regional variants to Zashiki Warashi depending you are in japan: though most legends are said to stem form Iwate prefecture and the surrounding areas. Sometimes they are also considered to be a type of kappa (or rather that kappa are occasionally said to be metaphors for culled children.)
Although the Zashiki Warashi wasn't directly included in Toriyama Sekiens Gazu Hyakki Yagyo (1776), the variant: "Makurageshi" was: a tiny warrior who will flip your pillow upside down! (*more on that yokai soon!)
• see also: Makurageshi, Okiku doll, Hannako-san
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! - Incidentally, I found $10 on the ground the day i finished this design: so i personally consider it to be the most lucky out of them all. :D