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Kiss of the Kuchisake-Onna

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Kiss of the Kuchisake-Onna was one of the most popular stories collected in the Hyakumonogatari Kaidenkai, a comprehensive monogatari of popular Kwaidan. It was often performed as a puppet-play or a Kabuki play. [1] This Kaidanshu granted the user the ability to deny the passions of the body which the tale showed as so dangerous. [2]

Origins Edit

The tale of uncertain origin was set in the Licensed Quarter of Ryoko Owari, and collected by the ronin shugenja Seikansha as an account of a Crab officer during that clan's brief occupation of the City of Lies which involved a demon called a dokufu (“mountain spider”) hunting his men. [3]

Tale Edit

Yasuki Taro was a Crab during that clan's brief occupation of the City of Lies. He spent his spare time in the floating world of Teardrop Island. Taro was amused by a samurai-ko, and began to court her. They were alone in a tiny skiff when moonlight exposed the beautiful maiden as a dokufu. The mountain spider hunted other Crab men, and she would be known as Kuchisake-Onna. [4]


  1. Book of Void, pp. 129, 131
  2. Book of Void, p. 143
  3. Book of Void, p. 131
  4. Book of Void, p. 132

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