Kuchisake Onna / 'Slash-Mouthed Woman' - Japanese Folklore

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The story/myth of this creature really fascinated me. I was contemplating cosplaying one of the other more complicated female-like yokai, but I decided that she would be the first I would attempt. ^^ I blame the Yokai Attack! book I re-read last week. .___.

'It is nearly always encountered in cities or suburbs,and, unlike many other yokai, often appears during the daylight hours -particularly in the afternoon, when children are making their way home from school.

Attacks inevitably follow the same pattern. It approaches victims with a single question : "Watashi kirei?" [ Do I look beautiful? ]. If the victim answers "yes", the Kuchisake Onna leans in and removes its surgical mask to reveal a grotesque, oversized mouth that stretches from ear to ear.

"Even like this?"

It takes advantage of its victim's shock to lash out with a knife or scythe, mutilating their face in a manner similar to its own. If the victim answers "No." , it slashes them anyway.

Running won't help, as the Kuchisake Onna is said to able to be capable of covering one hundred yards in three seconds. Yikes.

Doesn't she sound LOVELY? 8D

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Chibi posted on 19 July, 2009 - 10:24
Oooh this is such a good cosplay idea, I can't wait to see it ^^ as for your question in the picture caption, I think the Kimono would look nicer ^^

HotshotShan posted on 19 July, 2009 - 11:27
OHMIGAWDTHATSSOWEIRD I keep thinking about this one since taking a sneaky peak at your demon book :o This pleases me. : ) By the way I vote sailor fuku as you said, to blend with the crowd.

CrystallineKnight posted on 19 July, 2009 - 11:53
Hmm, one vote for each. Haha. Well, maybe I could attempt both. It would be a good excuse to lurk around in that new kimono shop in town, at least.~

MoonLily posted on 19 July, 2009 - 14:42
'It takes advantage of its victim's shock to lash out with a knife or scythe, mutilating their face in a manner similar to its own. If the victim answers "No." , it slashes them anyway.' What a lovely choice there!! :P This sounds epic and creepy, cant wait to see. XDD