Lore ~ Lady of The Snow
A short detailed explanation and story about a very old Japanese legend of the Yuki Onna also known as The Lady of the Snow. More
In legends, in the Ojiya region of Niigata Prefecture, a beautiful woman came to visit a man and became the man's wife from the woman's own wishes, but she was very reluctant to go into the bath and when she was made to go in anyway, she disappeared, leaving only thin fragmented icicles floating there (see also: tsurara-onna). In the Aomori Prefecture and Yamagata Prefecture, there is a similar story about the one called the "Shigama-onna." In the Kaminoyama region of the Yamagata Prefecture, a yuki-onna would come visit an old couple on a snowy night to warm herself at the irori, and when late at night the yuki-onna would again go out on a journey, the old man would attempt to take her hand to stop her from going, when he noticed that she was chillingly cold. Then, before his eyes the girl turned into a whirl of snow that went out through the chimney. Also, it has some points of similarity with the kokakuchō and on the night of a blizzard, as the yuki-onna would be standing there hugging a child (yukinko) and ask passer-bys to hug that child. When one hugs the child, the child would become heavier and heavier until one would become covered with snow and freeze to death. It is also told that if one refuses instead, one would be shoved down into a snowy valley. In Hirosaki, it is said that there was a warrior (bushi) who was asked by a yuki-onna to hug a child the same way, but the warrior held a short sword (tantō) by the mouth and hugged the child while making the blade go close to the child's head, which allowed the warrior to avoid the aformentioned phenomenon, and when the warrior gave the child back to the yuki-onna, the yuki-onna gave many treasures as thanks for hugging the child. It is also said that those who are able to withstand the ever-increasing weight of the yukinko and last all the way through would acquire great physical strength.
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