Yuki Onna: The Snow Woman

At Part-Time Monster talking about Yuki Onna this week. The perfect monster for these cold winter months!

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Somewhere in Aomori, a traveler makes his way up a steep snowbank, the wind pushing against his back with icy fingers. It is so cold the grip is gone from his hands, and his knees can barely bend for the chill. He needs shelter and he needs it soon. In the distance, a silhouette forms amidst the gusts of sleet––a woman in a white kimono, her long hair whipping about in gale. As she draws closer, the traveler is taken aback, half retreating and nearly stumbling backward into the piles of ice and snow around him. Her lips are as blue as a corpse, and rather than walk over the surface of the woodland, she glides without feet, carried by the abominable wind towards him. Before he can scream she is upon him, the deity of the snowstorm, and with one exhale from her icy lips, he falls, frozen to…

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11 thoughts on “Yuki Onna: The Snow Woman

  1. Anabel Marsh says:

    Interesting how she covers the whole spectrum from benign to malevolent. The middle illustration in your article is particularly beautiful – so melancholy. Also enjoyed the zapping cockroaches though it wouldn’t tempt me to buy!

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  2. Patricia Lynne (@plynne_writes) says:

    I actually heard of this monster. A couple years ago a friend had asked me about a winter anthology and contributing a story so I plotted one out, but nothing came of it and I lost the motivation to write because I had plotted the story (which is how I found out I am a complete panster!)

    PS: I got your post card in the mail. Too cute! Thanks.

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    • Alex Hurst says:

      Thanks, Lori. Sorry I’m so late getting back to you! Still trying to get my blogging groove back. πŸ™‚ Yeah, I love Japanese commercials. I think U.S. advertisers could take a few clues. πŸ˜‰

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