Tsuchinoko - Yokai that looks like a fat snake


One of the most popular things in Japanese mythology is the yokai. The famous spirits and creatures that inhabit the earth with us. There are thousands of them, and in this article we are going to talk about the Tsuchinoko [槌の子].

In Japanese folklore, Tsuchinoko is a snake-like being. His name can be translated literally as "son of the hammer" or "son of dirt". This name, "tsuchinoko" is prevalent in Western Japan, including Kansai and Shikoku.

Tsuchinoko - yokai that looks like a fat snake

In the northeastern region of Japan, that name is no longer applicable. In this region, this creature is known as bachi hebi. The nomenclature may be different, but the creature is the same. So let's stop talking about names and start talking about the creature itself.

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How is a Tsuchinoko?

Tsuchinoko is described as being 30 to 80 centimeters long and very much like a snake. However, it has a central circumference that is much wider than the head or tail. Yes, we can compare this appearance to a snake when it eats something big and gets swollen.

Tsuchinoko - yokai that looks like a fat snake

In addition, Tsuchinoko has prey and venom similar to those of vipers. Some reports also describe tsuchinoko as being able to jump up to 1 meter away. And it doesn't stop there, it still has the ability to take another leap while it's still in the air.

According to legend, some tsuchinoko have the ability to speak and a propensity to lie. They also have a taste for alcohol. Legend has it that sometimes the Tsuchinoko swallows its own tail, thus managing to spin like a wheel.

Very peculiar things gathered in a creature just a few inches long.

Have you heard about the Kitsunes or the Kappas?

Have you seen any Tsuchinoko?

This is a question that is very difficult to answer positively. After all, this is a yokai, a creature of Japanese folklore. But it is quite easy to mistake a swollen snake for food for this creature. Perhaps this is where rumors about these beings are seen.

Tsuchinoko - yokai that looks like a fat snake

But seriously, we have many interesting creatures in Japanese folklore. And it's always good to learn more about them, you never get bored about it. And as has been said before, we have other articles here on the site that talk about other yokai.

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