The skeleton Ayakashi appearing in this chapter is a Youkai named Gashadokuro. The name is composed by Gasha (which doesn’t seem to be a word in modern Japanese; the kanji used by the author have the meaning of “starving person”) and Dokuro which means skull. I left the original name when it is used, but when locutions such as “Dokuro no Ayakashi” are used, I translated it as Skull Ayakashi. Since the word Dokuro is very specific, a different translation like Skeleton Ayakashi, while possibly more descriptive, would be incorrect. It’s quite interesting to note that the Gashadokuro is not part of Japanese tradition, and was created in the ‘60s. However, its appearance is based on a similar Youkai from a ukiyo-e by Utagawa Kuniyoshi. More information on Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gashadokuro

~Schawlow

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