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!
Have you ever wanted to lose a little weight?
There is a saying among travelers that Japan is the best place to diet; everyone loses weight here. I have to disagree. As a foreigner who has lived here for several years, and watched her scale inch up progressively, I can’t help but think that anyone who loses weight in Japan simply doesn’t like the food.
Of course recently, I’ve had to consider a far more sinister reason: they’ve been possessed by an insidious yokai, which targets females with a supernatural disease.
The Futakuchi Onna, or Two-Mouthed Woman, could be the sister of Kuchisake Onna, whom I talked about last month for Monster Monday. Both possess grotesque mouths and are cursed for doing traditionally female-sins. The one huge difference, however, is that while Kuchisake Onna might be out to kill you, Futakuchi Onna is a monster that you yourself can become.
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