As I was mentioning anime and manga in one my posts, I suddenly began thinking of Japanese Folklore. Like many different cultures, Japan also has its legends and myths (which include mythical creatures), each as interesting as the next. So I thought I would dedicate a portion of my blog to this!
The first one that came to my mind was 天狗 (てんぐ) or tengu in English. Tengu are a sort of ようかい youkai (ghost/monster/goblin). They appear in many Japanese folklore. Originally they were perceived as evil. But over time their image changed to simply being mischievous.
Tengu are often depicted as being the protectors of forests on mountains. It is believed they are born from a giant egg and do not speak directly to humans, but communicate via telepathy. They are territorial, curious, and very knowledgeable creatures.
However, in many of the tengu tales, they can often be portrayed as silly creatures easily duped by man. And てんぐのかくれみの (The Tengu’s magic cloak) is one of those.