natsume yuujinchou quotes


He would stare at the leaves as they change color, laugh and say, “She’s not coming this year, either?” and close his eyes.

Why is it that when one is truly happy, the other isn’t?
The youkais are happy while the grandfather waits for his granddaughter.
While on the other hand his granddaughter isn’t happy when he would fondly told her about youkais…


Things that you see might not exist in reality. In such an uncertain world… 

All young Natsume wanted was a place to belong. Someone to talk to and accept him. And he met someone one day, but that someone turned out to be a youkai. 

But the youkai never meant any harm. She only wanted to talk to him. And she knew he wouldn’t talk to her if he knew she was a youkai. So she changed her form and turn into a human so Natsume would talk to her. And it did show how the youkai felt guilty for lying to him. When she told him she could see ‘them’ too. When Natsume told her that he’s not alone anymore that he had her, and asked her again that she “can see them too, right?” But all young Natsume understood back then was how annoying and scary youkai were and how they were the cause of everything that happened to him–the bullying, none of his relatives wanting to take care of him. When you can’t differentiate between things that existed and things that don’t because you see them either way while other people can’t.

But at the end of the episode, Natsume has grown, and he’s come to feel that it doesn’t matter whether it’s a youkai or a human. He’s come to learn that not all ayakashi are bad and he’s come to love ayakashi as much as humans. 

Personally, I would love for Natsume to meet the youkai-girl again, like how he met the tree youkai in season 3 who turned into a cat to comfort him again after years of not seeing her. 

“This isn’t fat, it’s hair! Hair!” -Nyanko Sensei 💛


Natsume Yuujinchou Roku (3/11): Nitai - Sama

[The “deal with youkai” trio]
You were far away, and yet you remembered me, you tried to connect with me again. You kept talking to me, even though you knew what I am. It made me happy. It made me want to help a friend who’d come to me with a problrm, too. Several days later, this time, Shibata came to visit me.


“Suddenly I wondered, when Aoi-san said there would be more tears later, whose tears did he mean? Will I too someday be able to care more about being with someone than the fear of saying goodbye to them?“

- Natsume Yuujinchou Roku \ Natsume’s Book of Friends Season 6 (EP 08)

@natsumeweek Day 4 - Flowers/Nature

The Shirakiri flowers are beautiful because of their ephemeral nature

He’s such a handful, isn’t he? We can’t lose that valuable source of entertainment, can we? ….. I hope he gets better soon.

We know the flowers’ petals will fall someday, and yet we’re still entranced by them.

 ~ To the Ephemeral Ones ~


Ever since I inherited the Book of Friends, I’ve returned the names of the youkai within it. First I bring up an image of them in my mind, and recite “That which shields me, reveal thy name.” To release their names, you need the saliva and breath of someone of the same bloodline as Reiko. When I return their names, I get really tired. They come without asking, and then they leave just the same.


Natsume Yuujinchou Roku (8/13): A day that will someday come 

Suddenly I wondered,
when Aoi-san said there would be more tears later,
whose tears did he mean?
Will I too someday care more about being with someone,
than the fear of saying goodbye to them? 

“Children of man are such a pain.” Nyanko Sensei


They’d pack a room with all kinds of dolls that met some set of conditions, and then leave the house for a certain number of days. When they came back all the dolls were broken in some place or another. But if two dolls, or “nitai” were unharmed, the ritual had succeeded. And they become enchanted dolls called “Nitai-sama.”

But one day, he started screaming, “Nitai is here! Nitai is here!”