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more research - feline and vulpes yokai

April 17th, 2011 (08:49 am)

Sunekosuri - 脛擦り (すねこすり): a type of Japanese yokai. they are small and described as being a mix between a cat and a dog. They like to rub against people's legs on cold rainy nights. They make their dens near walk-ways and whenever someone goes by at a speed the sunekosuri deems too fast, it dashes out and slips between the passer-by's legs and trips them up. The victim lands flat on their face and the Sunekosuri, ironically, runs away so fast no one sees it. 'Sune' means 'lower leg' and 'kosuri' means 'rubber'.

Nekomusume (猫娘?): means "The daughter of a cat". The literal translation, however, is actually "Cat daughter".

nekomimi (cat ears)

Nekomata - a bakeneko with a split tail.

Bakeneko - a shape-shifting cat

Byakko - the white tiger of the west.
The White Tiger is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. It is sometimes called the White Tiger of the West (西方白虎, Xī Fāng Bái Hǔ), and is known as Byakko in Japan, Baekho in Korea and Bạch Hổ in Vietnam. It represents the west and the autumn season.

Kanji 白虎
Hiragana びゃっこ

tora 虎 - tiger

Lion - shishi

kurohyou - Black Panther


Kuda-gitsune - a small fox-like animal used in sorcery.
Kuda-gitsune or Kanko (管狐, "pipe fox"?) is a creature supposedly employed by Japanese kitsune-tsukai, those who use foxes as spirit familiars. Its use is described in various books, as follows:

In the Sōzan Chomon Kishū (想山著聞奇集?) the kuda-gitsune is described as a rat-sized fox which can be kept in a pipe.

According to the Zen'an Zuihitsu (善庵随筆?) the kanko is a fox the size of a weasel or rat, with vertical eyes and thin hair. The magic-user summons the kanko to appear inside a bamboo pipe which he is holding, whereupon the fox will answer all the questions it is asked. The origin of this practice is traced back to a yamabushi who obtained this art while undergoing strict asceticism on Mount Kinpu. These Kanko are said to be numerous in the northern mountains of Suruga, Tōtōmi, and Mikawa Provinces.

Tamamo-no-Mae - a wicked nine-tailed fox who appeared as a courtesan.
Tamamo-no-Mae (玉藻前, 玉藻の前, also 玉藻御前) is a legendary figure in Japanese mythology. In the Otogizōshi, a collection of Japanese prose written in the Muromachi period, Tamamo-no-Mae was a courtesan under the Japanese Emperor Konoe (who reigned from 1142 through 1155). She was said to be the most beautiful and intelligent woman in Japan. Tamamo-no-Mae's body mysteriously always smelled wonderful, and her clothes never became wrinkled or dirty. Tamamo-no-Mae was not only beautiful, but she was infinitely knowledgeable in all subjects. Although she appeared to be only twenty years old, there was no question that she could not answer. She answered every question posed to her, whether about music, religion or astronomy.