Legendary Yōkai [ep.2] Shirime – The Butt-Eye Japanese Monster
Shirime, The Butt-Eye Japanese Yokai, and its Peculiar Exhibitionist Attitude. Characteristics, Behaviour, Legend and Origin.
The second protagonist of our Legendary YōkaiSeries is the Shirime, or 尻目, or しりめ, one of the hundreds of yōkai, the Japanese folkloristic monsters.
His name literally means “buttocks eye“. This weirdo is, indeed, famous for a bizarre feature: he has a big eye in the place of his anus.
It is also called nuppori-bōzu because it is believed to be related to the noppera-bō, another faceless ghost.
Following this theory, it is just a form of a shapeshifted animal who likes to play and scare humans.
The artist Buson, one of the greatest haiku poets of the Edo Period, liked Shirime so much that included him in many of his yōkai paintings.
He is also the only one who wrote the legend of the Shirime in the “Buson’s Yokai Picture Scroll” (蕪村妖怪絵巻)
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