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Hitotsume-kozō
Hitotsume-kozō (一つ目小僧, ひとつめこぞう, "one-eyed boys") - These are monsters (obake) found in Japanese folklore. They are roughly the size of ten-year-old children, but otherwise resemble bald Buddhist priests. Their most distinctive feature, however, is a single, giant eye peering from the center of the face.

Hitotsume-kozō are relatively benign creatures, content to run about frightening human beings or telling loud people to be quiet (they enjoy silence). However, many people consider an encounter with a one-eyed goblin to be a bad omen. For this reason, the superstitious often leave bamboo baskets in front of their houses, as these are reputed to repel the creatures.

Information source: “Hitotsume-kozō.” wikipedia.org. Article date: 10 Jun. 2007. Retrieved: Wikipedia. 16 Feb. 2008 <Hitotsume-kozō>.










































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