Kaijin (folklore)

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The Kaijin in the Kanda-Jihitsu c. 1800

The Kaijin (海人, literally meaning "Sea Man") is an alleged sea monster in Japan. It is mentioned in the books of the Edo period.


According to a Japanese Materia medica, he was almost close to a man, in addition to chin hair and eyebrows, between the fingers and limbs is a description of some skin. He ate food and drank but never spoke.[1][2]

According to Nagasaki's records, in addition to these features, there was probably a Hakama and a flap of skin around the waist, and could live for only a few days on the ground, after coming up from the sea.[1] One theory suggests that it was a Sea lion or seal.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Hazama Yoshihiko, ed. (2005). Oni to mononoke no bunkashi : e de mite fushigi!. Yuuko Tate. p. 188. ISBN 978-4-946525-76-6. OCLC 72438397.
  2. ^ 本草Yamato (Library中村学園大学 in) - PDF file, 10 pages Stock described.