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Ittan-momen (一反木綿 "one bolt(tan) of cotton"?) is a Tsukumogami formed from a roll of cotton in Japanese myth. Most has been handed down to the Kagoshima Prefecture Osumi[disambiguation needed] district. The Ittan-momen "flies through the air at night" and "attacks humans, often by wrapping around their faces to smother them."[1][2]

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the anime/manga series Inu x Boku SS, one of the characters, Renshō Sorinozuka, is an Ittan-momen.
  • In the tokusatsu franchise Super Sentai, the Ittan-momen was seen as a basis of a monster in series installments themed after Japanese culture:
    • In Kakuranger (1994), one of the Youkai Army Corps members the Kakurangers fought was an Ittan-momen.
    • In Shinkenger (2009), one of the Ayakashi, named Urawadachi, served as the basis of the Ittan-momen within the series.
    • In Ninninger (2015), one of the Youkai the Ninningers fought was an Ittan-momen, with elements borrowed from a carpet and a magician.
    • In the Yokai Watch franchise features an Ittan-momen yokai called "Ittan-gomen". Instead of attacking humans, it makes people do something bad then insincerely apologize for it.


  1. ^ Bush, Laurence (2001). Asian Horror Encyclopedia: Asian Horror Culture in Literature, Manga and Folklore. Lincoln, NE: Writers Club Press. p. 85. ISBN 0-595-20181-4. 
  2. ^ Frater, Jamie (2010).'s Ultimate Book of Bizarre Lists: Fascinating Facts and Shocking Trivia on Movies, Music, Crime, Celebrities, History and More. Berkeley, CA, USA: Ulysses Press. p. 534. ISBN 978-1-56975-817-5. 

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