Futakuchi Onna: Two-Mouthed Woman

My series of Japanese female monsters continues at Part-time Monster this week, with the origins of Futakuchi Onna, or the Two-Mouthed Woman. If you have any sort of food anxieties or fears, you may be able to relate to this yokai doomed to have a perpetually-hungry mouth on the back of her skull. Have a read, and tell me what you think!

9 thoughts on “Futakuchi Onna: Two-Mouthed Woman

    1. Haha, yes. Japanese monsters definitely have a penchant for the grotesque. They’re very rarely actually ‘scary,’ like their European and American counterparts.


  1. This was so engrossing, Alex. A wonderful description of the mythologies with gorgeous pictures too.
    I was really hoping to read that the mouth would be representative of the hunger for the female mind and the constant and determined efforts of women to overcome their oppression. Alas, it was not so.
    Still, one could make a new story to live in concert with the old, right?


  2. Wow dis one is amazing..
    Folk tales everywhere round the world are soo insightful inspriing yet entertaining..amazing..i owe u big tym for introducing to sch an amzing dimention of literary work i neva had surfed..
    N btw i went through your other posts too n dey r all amazing


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