Wednesday, 5 April 2017

D is for... Daidarabotchi

In Japanese folklore, supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons are called Yōkai.
Daidarabotchi is perhaps the biggest Yōkai of them all!

He is said to be so big that his giant footsteps formed the lakes and ponds that now cover Japan.
He is able to move whole mountains and place them wherever he wishes.
He is even thought to resemble a mountain range himself when he is sleeping.

The Great Forest Spirit.
In one legend Daidarabotchi decided to pick up both Mount Fuji and Mount Tsukuba in order to weigh them and see which was heavier. 
However, when putting Mount Tsukuba back down again he accidentally dropped it and spilt the mountain's peak - giving it its double peak for which it is now known.

Another tale says that Daidarabotchi lived on a hill near a post office in Hiratsu Ogushi. He ate lots and lots of giant clams from the local beach and piled the shells on top of a hill.

Daidarabotchi also appears in the animated movie 'Princess Mononoke' where he is known as The Great Forest Spirit.

In this movie he is tasked with protecting the forest and is also the God of life and death.

The Great Forest Spirit is also aided by little creatures called Kodama (木霊)

These Kodama also have a base in real Japanese folklore, but we will be visiting these little forest sprits in more detail later in the month.


  1. I know all about yokais from watching Japanese manga...Crying Freeman and Akira are two of my favorites anime.
    I watched Princess Mononoke years ago and loved it. I hadn't realized that it was part of Japanese folklore!

  2. Now that's big, but it's nice to know these spirits are just as clumsy as humans sometimes.

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  3. isn't Daidarabotchi like the lochness monster? almost unseen but somehow gets spotted?

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  4. Oh, I've seen this one, but didn't know what it was called!

  5. cool! love japanese mythology! this is one i haven't heard of before.

  6. I love randomly searching up yōkai. There are so many odd ones out there!

    This big guy sounds like he inspired Godzilla. I wonder who would win in a battle? ;)

  7. Fascinating! I don't know how to pronounce it but loved learning about it.

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  8. Your post makes me want to watch Princess Mononoke again! The Kodama and the great forest spirit are some of my favorites in the movie. So wonderful to learn about them!

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  9. This reminds me of Native American folklore on the creation of world.

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  10. I know a bit of Japanese mythogoly, but I dont' think I've ever encounter this yokai. I like the legends of the two moutains ^_^

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  11. I love these sorts of tales, especially when related to things like mountains or islands and how they are formed. Gives them a magical feeling.

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  12. I love folk tales, because they can be so specific about some things, e.g. the clams, and so vague about others - those kind of things make them feel organic.
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  13. Love the movie Princess Mononoke. My all-time favorite movie, and I'm not even much of an anime fan. I think it is more the romance of eastern culture of years long gone that I find appealing. I've always been fascinated by Japanese spirituality and history of warrior culture.