Baby demon mummy at Rakanji temple – via The Bizarre
One of the things Japan is known for is its love of cuteness. Hello Kitty, for example, is just the cutest darn thing you’ve ever seen, and who can resist the charms of that little rascal known as Pokemon.
But there’s a flip side to all that cuteness, and it comes in the form of MUMMIES!! That’s right, there are mummies everywhere in Japan, and constant vigilance is called for when wandering the streets. But Japanese mummies aren’t just your regular garden-variety human mummies (although there are some monks who willingly had themselves mummified and are now on display) – they are much more exotic, and include demon and mermaid mummies, as well as kappa, raiju, and tengu monster mummies straight from Japanese folklore.
Many of the mummies date back to the Edo period, and unfortunately, are generally not on the up-and-up. Some were made by stitching together various animal parts and then used as carnival attractions. These days, the mummies can be found in temples and museums – one is even prominently displayed at a brewery in Saga prefecture.
But you know, after all is said and done, these mummies really are kind of cute!