•About this yokai•
AzukiArai - (小豆洗い) aka Azukitogi (小豆とぎ) "The Red Bean Grinder" – This strange bug eyed Yokai is rarely seen, more than he is heard: used to explain the Mysterious audio phenomina where someone can hear beans being washed or ground up near a river. - Azuki arai are often met in the wilderness sitting by a creek washing his Azuki beans, and singing:
"Azuki togou ka, hito totte kuou ka? shoki shoki." ("Will I grind my azuki beans, or will I get a person to eat? shoki shoki." - [the 'shoki shoki' is onomatopia for the sound of scrubbing]
...He's a coward by nature and he never follows through with his threat, but enjoys watching people fall into the water in shock. – if you approach him he will run away screaming. - Though... There are actually 3 other Youkai that spend their days washing Azuki beans in a river, so maybe hes not that strange as far as Yokai go. - Despite how odd he is, spotting him is very lucky. - Rarely its said that a tanuki or badger is washing beans instead.
the earliest picture scroll where in he appears seems to be 1841's "Ehon Hyaku Monogatari 絵本百物語"
See also: Azuki Baba, Azuki hakari, Mamedanuki, Yokai Zine 1
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