Hikeshi Baba

Hikeshi baba is a yokai appearing as a scary looking old woman with white hair. She wanders from house to house at night blowing out lanterns. Hikeshi baba translates as 'fire extinguishing old woman' and her goal seems to be to rid the night of any cheerful lights. While she is not dangerous herself, she creates dark and gloomy conditions which are then suitable for other yokai to get up to all sorts of mischief.

Mizuki Shigeru
Hikeshi baba in the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki.

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