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.

I read that Ainu women tattooed their lips to resemble a beard, which was seen as aesthetically pleasing. But the tattoo was also supposed to keep evil spirits from entering the body. The markings on the hands also served a similar purpose. They would add more and more tattoos on the arms and lips as they grew older. 

Imagine your otp’s, never having met before, dogs coming loose from their leashes so they chase their dogs down but end up losing them but later the two meet and discuss them losing their dogs before finding them humping in an alleyway but neither of the dogs are fixed so they have to keep in contact because they each have ownership over the (soon to come) puppies.


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!”