Ippondataraby Gregory Stoffel

Ippondatara
一本踏鞴
いっぽんだたら

Translation: one-legged bellows
Habitat: mountains
Diet: unknown, but kills humans one day per year

Ippondatara has one thick, trunk-like leg and a single saucer-like eye. It lives deep in the mountains of Japan. It is especially well-known in the mountains bordering Wakayama and Nara Prefectures (old Kii and Yamato Provinces), though sightings have been reported in other neighboring prefectures as well.

Ippondatara is a shy yōkai, and tends to stay away from inhabited areas. It moves about by hopping around and doing somersaults. It avoids humans, though on winter days it is not uncommon to find the unique prints of this yōkai’s large, single foot in the snow.

While it is mostly ha

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