The Sickle Weasel: Kamaitachi (Ep. 105)

Uncanny Japan - Japanese Folklore, Folktales, Myths and Language

31-07-2022 • 16 mins

What do you know about the yōkai, the sickle weasel or kamaitachi? Imagine an adorable little weasel sporting obnoxiously long blades on its paws. It appears out of nowhere so suddenly you don't even realize its attacked you, until later when you notice you've got a deep cut that strangely isn't bleeding and doesn't hurt.

Today, let's talk about this furry little madman and a few other related creatures, as well as a straight up, non ironic conversation I had with my friend about the kamaitachi.

Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other shows are Uncanny Robot Podcast and The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out her books including The Carp-Faced Boy on Amazon. If you'd like to help support the podcast and have a bedtime story read to you monthly, please visit Patreon.

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Music by Julyan Ray Matsuura