•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 likely 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!