•About this yokai•
TakaOnna – 高女 – “The Tall (or ‘High’) Woman.”
The ghost of an ugly peeping tom that can extend her height to peek in through windows.. Frequently appears in “yūkaku” (Red light/Pleasure Districts.) & peeks inside at people enjoying themselves the second floor of brothels. A pleasure which she never knew in life...
At least... that’s the popular description that most Bestiary Authors gave her in the 1900’s (And it's stuck to most bestiaries today.)
[In the original Gazu hyakki Yagyo “Night Parade of 100 demons illustrated” (Toriyama Sekien, 1776.)] - only contains a picture and her name, no legend is included --but She does have blackened teeth (Ohaguro) so if she was at a brothel, we know she’s was, at the very least, “High-Class” - Get it? It’s a pun.
One popular modern interpretation/urban legend about this yokai is “Hasshaku-sama” the 8ft tall lady. Hasshaku-sama in turn inspired that tall vampire lady from resident evil as well!
Sticker Art by @Samkalensky (yo thats me!) - Part of my Night Parade of 100 Demons - Yokai & Japanese folklore sticker collection, weather-resistant 8" Glossy sticker. (by default this is my tallest sticker available so far haha, she also makes a great bookmark.) - Check my shop & follow @samkalensky for many more!