•About this Yokai •
"Maki-gaiko-chan" (JP: 巻貝子ちゃん) from the collection of the Edo-Tokyo Museum - 福島潟妖怪譚 - "Fukushima Lagoon Yokai Tan". [last img source.] – Yet another shell fish girl that looks very close to Umidebito – to my understanding, "Makigai" is yet another term for "shellfish" but its more a generic term: so its vague as to what kind of shell fish she might actually be. – (She looks a bit like an uncomfortable sea snail.) – The included text from 1852 seems to be a personal account from the person with the Loincloth. – The story goes something like:
"Every night I went to see a shining object on the lagoon, every night Makigai-ko-chan said: "I am a resident of this pond. - I live in this pond, and for the next five years we will have a good harvest, but a bad cold will spread and six parts of the world will die. But those who see me will be spared from the bad cold. If you see me, you will escape the illness, so draw a picture of me and show it to the world."
...Once again its basically the same as the others, but this one apparently happened over a few nights! (no indication for how long though or what happened after)
[The 7 Mermaids of Fukushimagata Lagoon] - are Shellfish Mermaids, sometimes known as "Ningyo" but also fall under the catagory of "kaijin" or "glittering fish." – prophetic yokai who appeared in a lagoon in Niigata (in 1849 and the surrounding years.) - mentioned in "The Fujioka-ya Nikki" (Diary of Fujioka-ya) describing sixteen similar prints that where produced and sold as charms in the summer of 1852 during the summer months, when diseases where prevalent: Every single one of these mermaids where said to have given off a radiant, glowing light, deliver a prophecy of a great harvest, a warning of a terrible, epidemic and a blessing. (basically identical to yokai like #Amabie (& more specifically Umidebito 海出人) So, if you look at them you'll supposedly survive the current problem be well! - it never hurts to have more lucky yokai right?]
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