Saturday, October 2, 2010

31 Amigurumi in October - October 2

The Abura-sumashi, or Oil Presser, is a yokai that appears on a mountain pass on the island of Amakusa. It is said the Abura-sumashi was once a human who stole oil, in the days when oil was the only source of fuel.

Legend tells of an old woman who was once walking her grandchild through the mountain pass. To entertain the child, she told stories she'd heard of the Abura-sumashi and how he would appear before travelers on the road. At that moment the Abura-sumashi appeared with his walking stick, straw raincoat and stony, potato-shaped head and proclaimed, "I still appear."

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