hachinohe city

The yōkai encyclopedia; Akateko
Medium: ink pens and watercolor.

An akateko (赤手児, lit. “red handed child”) is a yōkai from the folklore of Aomori prefecture, specifically in the city of Hachinohe. The monster is also a legend local to Kagawa and Fukushima prefectures.The monster is described as the red hand of a small child descending from a tree. It is accompanied by the spectre of a young woman at the base of the tree whose beauty lulls unsuspecting passerby into a trance or fever state.

(Please do tell us if we messed up the names or the stories, we would really appreciate that).


Miroku street みろく横丁 von Junko Hiramatsu
Über Flickr:
there are many small izakaya. Hachinohe city, Aomori 2011.05.17