May 4, 2012 - Thank you to everyone who has been visiting. I plan to update weekly now so be sure to check back every Monday for a new crazy cute character! Requests are very welcome and so far Mamegoma, Rilakkuma, and Nyan Nyan Nyanko have been requested and are in the process.... please be patient as there is a lot of information about them! Please keep spreading the word about the cuteness of San-X!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Yokai and bakemono are still relevant in Japanese culture. There are so many movies, anime, etc. that have themes of these supernatural beings from folklore. Anyone familiar with the anime, Inuyasha, will have heard the term yokai many, many times.

Yōkai (妖怪, literally demon, spirit, or monster) are a class of preternatural creatures in Japanese folklore ranging from the evil oni (ogre) to the mischievous kitsune (fox) or snow woman Yuki-onna. Some possess part animal and part human features (e.g. Kappa and Tengu). Yōkai generally have a sort of spiritual or supernatural power. Yōkai that have the ability to shape-shift are called obake. read more

Here we have a yokai shape shifting egg character!

Japanese Name: ばけたまちゃん
Literal Translation: Little Ghost1 Egg
Released: 2006 ?

This "fried egg" has a scary name but don't say things like he is bad. He is extremely runny and half-cooked. His hobby is changing his form. What kind of delicious cuisine will he take the form of? Occasionally there are times when he is not successful. They can melt together and accidentally change form.



Translation Notes
  1. Bake (化け) or bakemono (化け物) can be a goblin, apparition, monster, ghost, phantom, or spectre. Obake (お化け) and bakemono (化け物) (sometimes obakemono) are a class of yokai in Japanese folklore. Literally, the terms mean a thing that changes, referring to a state of transformation or shapeshifting. These words are often translated as ghost, but primarily they refer to living things or supernatural beings who have taken on a temporary transformation, and these bakemono are distinct from the spirits of the dead. However, as a secondary usage, the term obake can be a synonym for yūrei, the ghost of a deceased human being. Wikipedia: Obake

  2. The verb, bakeru (化ける), means to appear in disguise; to take the form of; to change for the worse; to corrupt.

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