The title of the spread KASA by photographer ANKE LUCKMANN is a reference to Japanese folklore. Behind it is Kasa-Obake, which translates roughly to the ‘paper umbrella ghost’ and Karakasa-Kozō, or ‘paper umbrella priest boy’ in English, a fictional being of Japanese folk belief belonging to the group of lower yōkai, which one could call ghosts or demons. He is said to have an ambivalent character.
The Kasa-Obake takes the form of a large, traditional paper umbrella. It has one large eye and a mouth with a very long tongue. At the end of the umbrella shaft is a human foot or leg with a foot, and in many cases, it is wearing footwear (e.g. geta or zōri). It hops along or opens the umbrella and flies around. In rare cases, the Kasa-Obake can also have two human arms and/or two legs.
In most traditional lore, Kasa-Obake appear as sassy but harmless beings that play pranks on their (former) owners … The being Kasa-Obake belongs to a special group of Yōkai, the Tsukumogami : According to Japanese folklore, household appliances and musical instruments of all kinds can turn into Yōkai after 100 years because they too have a soul.
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