Hahakigami, which translates as 'broom spirit,' are a type of yokai that occur once a broom has reached a very old age and is transformed into (or possesed by) a spirit, known as tsukumogami. Traditionally in Japan, brooms were used for ritual purification, and when they become yokai, they can act as powerful magical charms.

Toriyama Sekien

Hahakigami can be used to sweep things out as needed, such as aiding the smooth birth of babies. They are also used to gett rid of unwanted house guests or those that overstay their welcome. In some cases, hahakigami can be seen sweeping leaves on windy days with no human help, just for the fun of it.

Shigeru Mizuki