Yuki-furi-nyudo (Snowfall monk 雪降り入道) / Yuki-nyudo (Snow monk 雪入道)

Yuki-furi-nyudoYuki-furi-nyudo stems from tales from Nagano. He is also called Yuki-furi-bozu (another word for monk). He appears as a giant monk* in the snow, but he wears a bag on his head, his clothing is torn, and he wears a raggedy kimono. He also wears a 蓑笠 minokasa (a straw raincoat and bamboo hat). Evidently, this is all of his story that remains.

I’ve depicted him wearing a bag like scarecrow from the batman.
My husband said, “You have no 美的センス.” He is always so sour!

The yokai Yuki-nyudo (Snow monk) comes from Toyama, Gifu, and Okayama. He appears at dawn after nights when snow has fallen. His form is that of a giant monk* with one eye and one leg. In Hida, he leaves a track of only one footprint in the snow.

I’ve combined these two because, like Shikkenken and Yuki-furi-baba, the only difference between them seems to be that one has one eye and one leg and the other is your average joe shmo, but their actions are essentially identical (in this case, doing nothing other than being giant).

*Apparently they can be fearsome things depending on the locale! Check out Wikipedia’s entry on 大入道, sorry Japanese only at the moment…


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