The Chin Chin Kobakama are a type of Tsukumogami (haunted object) featured in a late 1800's fairy tale book published in 1926 by Lafcadio Hearn. - in the story he calls them "Fairies of the Floor mat" - The Chin~Chin~Kobakama are an army of tiny 1" warriors made from discarded toothpicks, they had become angry at a housewife for being lazy and sticking them into a Tatami Mat rather than discarding them properly. They take their revenge by keeping her awake every night during the hour of the ox (1-3AM) – it also mentions a similar story where instead of samurai, they're ladies and are made of plumb pits instead. - They chanted:
“We are the Chin-chin Kobakama; the hour is late; sleep, honorable noble darling!"
Sams take: I wanted to give it a hand crafted look (because toothpicks) - so it’s Supposed to look like he was put together like an arts and crafts project. so rather than giving it a human face, instead I drew a "Henohenomoheji へのへのもへじ" - [An ACII-like face often used to represent nondescript or generic human faces; used often on scarecrows, teru teru bozu, etc.) it's probably an example of one of the earliest 'kaomoji' ヽ( `д´*) ] - though its pretty plain/generic its also a "hard to read expression" so it that can feel pretty intimidating when you have a lot of them together in one place (think like a warehouse full of mannequins for instance, theres an unsettling, uncanny valley feeling.)
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!