Humor

Shirime, the Yōkai Who Needs Strangers To Notice Their Butt Eye

Dr. Folklore’s Dating Advice for Mythical Folks (Number 79)

Illustration by Matthew Meyer

Origin Story: This faceless, harmless, and possibly shapeshifting yōkai (or Japanese spirit) literally translates to “butt eye.” It first appeared in a picture scroll by Yosa no Buson, an Edo period poet, who wrote, “In…

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