The Tsuchinoko literally translating to “hammer’s spawn,” is a legendary snake-like cryptid from Japan. The name tsuchinoko is prevalent in Western Japan, including Kansai and Shikoku; the creature is known as bachi hebi in Northeastern Japan.
Tsuchinoko are described as being between 30 and 80 centimetres in length, similar in appearance to a snake, but with a central girth that is much wider than its head or tail, and as having fangs and venom similar to that of a viper. Some accounts also describe the tsuchinoko as being able to jump up to a meter in distance.
According to legend, some tsuchinoko have the ability to speak and a propensity for lying, and they are also said to have a taste for alcohol. Legend records that it will sometimes swallow its own tail so that it can roll like a hoop, similarly to the mythical hoop snake.
Nozomi Sabanai (left) and her sister look at a sightseeing catamaran thrown by the tsunami onto a two-story building. On 11 March, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck 70 kilometers off the Tōhoku coast, in northeastern Japan, triggering a tsunami that swept inland over an area of some 500 square kilometers.
HEADS UP KIDS, a lunar eclipse is happening tonight!
Two fun facts: firstly, it’s the last total lunar eclipse until 2018, and secondly, it’s set to be the shortest one in a century – Earth’s shadow will only be fully covering the moon for about five minutes. That’ll happen around 10.30 (Australian Central Standard Time), but you can step outside anytime in the next two hours to catch a glimpse of the shadow of our planet.
It’s best seen from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hawaii, northeastern Russia and western Alaska, but US people can see it too–just look low on the horizon.