Japanese Mythology in Popular Culture - Chōchinobake

Chōchinobake

  • Chochinobake appears as a monster of the week in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger and was adapted as Lanterra in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
  • In the free MMORPG zOMG! available on Gaia Online, there is an enemy that is a paper lantern with one eye and a tongue that attacks by licking its victims.

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Chōchinobake

Chōchinobake (提灯お化け?, "paper lantern ghost") are a type of Tsukumogami, " lantern-spook (chochinobake) ... a stock character in the pantheon of ghouls and earned mention in the definitive demonology of 1784."

The Chōchinobake in particular was created from a chōchin lantern, composed of "bamboo and paper or silk." They are portrayed with "one eye, and a long tongue protruding from an open mouth."