The Puchimaru Yokai Zukan collection is here! We are so excited to share this fun take on Japanese tradition with you.
What is yokai?
Yokai (妖怪) is a term given to a variety of different Japanese spirits, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural creatures found in Japanese folklore. Each has its own distinct powers, attributes, and predilections, from the very localized and specific (one disturbing yokai haunts dirty bathrooms and eats mildew) to the more general (the oni, for example, is an iconic figure, widely associated with Japan and imbued with a range of characteristics).
What is Puchimaru?
Puchimaru are made by Amuse, a Japanese manufacturer of arcade toys. Just like their more famous Alpacasso cousins, Puchimaru are pretty difficult to find outside of Japanese arcades and claw machines. They're released as collections, and you'll see that each collection has a different theme.
Puchimaru are tiny (about 1.5" x 1.5"), fluffy plushies, and aptly named: In Japanese, puchi (ぷち) means small, and maru (まる) means round or circle. Each comes with an elastic string attached, typically so it can be hung from a backpack, purse, or cell phone (yes, cell phone).
Below is a short description of each yokai in this collection. If you're not sure which is which, just scroll through the options in the drop-down menu; each one is linked to its corresponding photo.
Kasa-obake: The spirit of an old, well-loved, well-worn umbrella.
Oni: An ogre with an iron club who can either wreak havoc or ward off bad luck (we prefer the latter version).
Nine Tails: A kitsune (fox) spirit who is so old and wise it has gained nine tails and a coat of white fur.
Kappa: A trickster water spirit with a special fondness for cucumbers (go figure).
Nurikabe: A spirit who takes the shape of a wall to confuse and misdirect travelers.
Chochin-obake: The spirit of an old traditional paper lantern.
Hitotsume-kozo: A young, mischievous Buddhist monk-in-training who enjoys surprising people walking down dark alleyways.
Karasu-tengu: A master of martial arts who is half man and half bird.
Puchimaru Yokai Collection
Don't put your Puchimaru in the washing machine. To clean, wipe gently with a damp cloth.
Tiny, round Puchimaru are about 1.5 inches tall and 1.5 inches wide.
Treat your Puchimaru with TLC to keep them soft and fluffy.
Because Puchimaru may have small parts, it's best to keep them away from children under 6 years of age.
Your Puchimaru will always come with their original tags! No imitations here: Rest assured that we source them directly from their Japanese manufacturer Amuse.