Yama-Uba – the Japanese witch

Yama-Uba – the Japanese witch

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Yama-Uba is Arabella‘s aunt. She is a Japanese witch who appears in the story “Arabella and the Maki Recipe”. You will find her in new adventures soon. See you soon!

Yama-Uba will provide Arabella with many tips for making her recipes and magic formulas. She is known as the witch of the mountains and usually lives in Japan. She is often called Yamamba and is very old, with scary white hair. Despite her hideous appearance, Yama-Uba loves to spend time with her family. She can transform herself into an old lady or a young mother, depending on the situation. Interestingly, her clothes are often damaged. Originally red, they are worn, but it is not clear how she still keeps them. When transformed into a young woman, she changes her hair color to a beautiful black hairstyle. A symbol of wisdom, she hides her true nature.

As a well-known Japanese witch, her stories date back to ancient times. She can also transform into a very ugly white-haired toad, Yama-Uboad, sometimes called Yamaboadd. You can discover her stories and tales in our illustrated collection for children.

Everyone has a lot of respect for this witch, who is not a Rokurobuki, which are monsters with long necks, nor is she a yokai, a creature from Japanese mythology. She possesses supernatural, strange, and mysterious powers.

Yama-Uba is a legendary figure in Japanese folklore often described as an old and scary witch living in the mountains. According to some versions of the story, she was a woman who was abandoned by her family and lived alone in the mountains for many years, where she learned to use herbs and plants to cure diseases. In other versions, she is described as a malevolent creature who lures lost travelers into the mountains and kills them for food. Yama-Uba is often associated with legends of spirits and ghosts and is considered a scary character in Japanese folklore.

There are several legendary figures in Japanese folklore that are considered witches. Here are some examples of Japanese witches:

  • Yama-Uba: an old and scary witch living in the mountains. According to some versions of the story, she was a woman who was abandoned by her family and lived alone in the mountains for many years, where she learned to use herbs and plants to cure diseases. In other versions, she is described as a malevolent creature who lures lost travelers into the mountains and kills them for food.
  • Kijo: a witch who often appears as a beautiful woman and uses her beauty and charm to seduce and deceive men. According to legend, she can transform into different creatures, such as a cat or bird, and fly through the air.
  • Hone-onna: a witch who often appears as a ghostly woman and is capable of possessing the bodies of the people she kills. According to legend, she is immortal and can only be killed by a katana (Japanese sword) dipped in deer blood.

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