Karakasa (or Kasa Obake), are a form of Japanese spirit that originates when objects reach their 100th year of existence and thus become animate. Karakasa specifically is an umbrella spirit, and it’s typically portrayed with one eye, a long tongue protruding from an open mouth and a single foot, generally wearing a traditional Japanese geta.
Above left is a Karakasa toy produced in 1968. There are tons of Karakasa drawings on deviantART. For the SecretBase x TAG Karakasa Obake Tattoo Man, the “possessed parasol” gets a second eye and keeps its tongue in its mouth. It’s an inked-up update, but the Karakasa spirit is still clear in the overall umbrella shape and single-footed stance.
Those tattoos are incredibly detailed! A lot of companies really stepped up their sofubi game this year! Click through for a short video clip featuring a Karakasa from the 1968 classic Japanese film, Yôkai Hyaku MonogatariI. The new Karakasa Obake vinyl figure by SecretBase x TAG is available for $100 here (and it looks like there may be only 13 pieces left)! If your holiday budget is tapped out, click through to watch the video and download a free Karakasa paper toy from France.
Click HERE to go to Jerom’s blog and download his Karakasa paper toy (and other yokai)!
Click here to purchase the new Karakasa Obake vinyl figure by SecretBase x TAG.