Yukinba (雪婆)

YukinbaYukinba is essentially a Yamanba variation on Yuki-onna from Ehime. Yukinba likes to come out on winter nights when snow is falling. Children are not allowed outside on such nights because Yukinba may abduct them (to eat is implied). She is presumably one-legged as she leaves a track of solo footprints.

According to the Edo era scroll Bakemono Emaki (Monster Scroll ばけもの絵巻), a man was walking in a wheat field during a snowstorm around the 2nd month (lunisolar calendar). He heard a woman’s voice calling his name. When he looked up, he saw a one-legged old woman with messy hair hurtling towards him through the snow. He hurriedly ran away and after running for some time, the snowstorm lifted and the old woman disappeared.

In Yamagata, they say that when the Shirotsuko insect flies in late autumn, it means Yukinba is in the nearby mountains.

I made this picture and my husband said, “Oh…that’s what you’ve done to the cute journal I gave you.” You can see the cute cat in the corner. The cats are by Chica Umino and I recommend it if you like cute cats^^

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One thought on “Yukinba (雪婆)

  1. Zethkal says:

    My goodness..there is so many yokai! Positive I’ve found at least close to 400 at this point. Thank you for sharing these obscure ones. (Here I thought the Greek Realm of monsters was huge)

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