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The Kasa-Obake, also called Karakasa-Obake, Kasa-Bake, or Karakasa Kozo, is a demon, or yokai, originating in Japanese folklore. The Kasa-Obake is an old or broken umbrella that turned into a monster, usually with one eye, one leg, and a long tongue, though other variations have been reported. It is a part of a category of Japanese monsters known a tsukumogami, which are ordinary objects that gain a soul and come to life after a hundred years. Unlike many yokai, the Kasa-Obake is relatively harmless, and enjoys scaring people for fun, sometimes licking them with its long tongue, which, although disgusting, is not dangerous.

Though there may be some who truly believe in this animated umbrella, it's mostly thought of as a metaphor, used to explain how objects gain character and personality (a "soul") as they age. Often meant to discourage thoughtless disposal of objects that have a long history and still have use within them.

Similar Legends

There are two similar legends, one comes from the Higashiwa region where on rainy night those who see the umbrella ghosts, would cower and not be able to move their feet. And the other as well as in Tottori, Japan a legend on the Umbrella ghost named "Yureigasa" or "Ghost Umbrella" in English, would blow people off the ground and in to the sky those people were never seen again. It shares a similar appearance to the Karakasa-Obake, an umbrella with one eye and one foot.

A two-legged Kasa-Obake.


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