Monday, October 11, 2010

31 favorite monsters: Nuppeppo

Like the kappa, tanuki, tengu and hundreds more, the nuppeppo or nuppefuhofu (roughly meaning "blobby" or "lumpy") is one of Japan's widely recognized youkai dating back to centuries-old artwork.

Originally lacking much context or explanation, "blobby" has picked up a variety of recognized attributes about as delightful as you would expect; it likes to wander graveyards at night, it enjoys startling humans with its grotesque appearance, it stinks of (and is sometimes said to be composed of) incredibly rotten meat, and according to some, the consumption of its stinky, flabby tissues can grant a person immortality - if they can stomach it.


Blogger Penanggalan said...

I love this guy; genuinely scary yet cute without having much of a form or visually "appealing" characteristics at all.

4:23 AM  
Anonymous Anyone00 said...

This is pretty much what I look like without a shirt on (well I have much more body hair).

7:37 AM  
Anonymous ScutigeraColeoptrata said...

I can imagine this guy running out of the bushes with his arms raised to frighten some hikers, then laughing it up afterwards.

Sure hope they haven't been hunted to extinction.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

really looks like a blob fish!

3:57 PM  

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