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Legendary Yōkai [ep.2] Shirime – The Butt-Eye Japanese Monster

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Shirime, The Butt-Eye Japanese Yokai, and its Peculiar Exhibitionist Attitude. Characteristics, Behaviour, Legend and Origin.

The second protagonist of our Legendary Yōkai Series 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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Shirime: Characteristics, Behavior and Legend

Shirime lives in Kyoto Prefecture, usually appear at night on the road.

According to the legend, the first person who encountered the Shirime was a Samurai on his way to Kyoto.

From a distance, the butt-eye yokai can be mistaken for a real human being.

And since he likes to play, he approaches travelers and once he got their attention he shows them his empty face and, of course, the shining eye in his anus.

The Shirime is harmless, being already more than satisfied with the pale face of the poor human he attracted in his trap.

It appears to thrive solely on the joy of scaring people.

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Illustrated Books and Movies about Yokai

Shirime is featured in the wonderful Studio Ghibli movie Pom Poko. If you haven’t yet I suggest you watch it as soon as possible!

Pom Poko ” by Isao Takahata (English Version)

Pom Poko ” by Isao Takahata (Japanese Version with English Subtitles)

Other wonderful illustrated books about the Yokai’s World are:

The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore

Yokai Storyland: Illustrated Books from the YUMOTO Koichi Collection

Japandemonium Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopedias of Toriyama Sekien

If you are interested in purchasing one of Busan’s paintings have a look here.

Interested in Japanese yōkai? Start from our Legendary Yōkai Series [ep. 1] “ Legendary Yōkai [ep.1] Nuppeppō – The Smelliest Japanese Monster

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