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傘 お 化 け

化 け 草 履

提 灯 お 化 け

一 反 木 綿

It is believed that tools and utensils, if used roughly, would turn into monsters that would come to attack people a hundred years later. These ‘monsters’ are referred to as the Tsukumogami or “artifact spirit”. According to the Tsukumogami-emaki, these spirits come from objects that have reached their hundredth birthday and would come alive. Any object of this age can become a Tsukumogami. Though Tsukumogami are harmless, they do have the capacity for anger to band together to take revenge on those who are wasteful, or throw things away thoughtlessly. To prevent this from happening, rituals are thus performed as a proper procedure of putting this to rest.

Hari-Kuyo: Festival of the Broken Needles  

Hari-kuyo (針供養)is a traditional Japanese festival where people pay tribute to the old and broken needles that have served them the past year...

Hari-Kuyo: Festival of the Broken Needles  

Hari-kuyo (針供養)is a traditional Japanese festival where people pay tribute to the old and broken needles that have served them the past year...

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