座敷童子

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Compound of 座敷 (zashiki, house; Japanese-style room) +‎ 童子 (warashi, regional dialect term for 'child').

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座敷童子 (hiragana ざしきわらし, romaji zashiki warashi)

  1. A kind of yōkai: a red-faced ghost or apparition of a child haunting an old house. Not malevolent, it brings good fortune to the house so haunted. Appears in folk tales told in northeast Japan, particularly Iwate Prefecture.

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