I have just learned that I am haunted by some kind of evil pillow spirit.
TRANSLATION: pillow flipper
ALTERNATE NAMES: makura-kozō
APPEARANCE: Makura-gaeshi are a kind of zashiki-warashi: a child ghost which haunts specific rooms of a house. They are found all over Japan, though details about them vary from region to region. They take the form of a small child dressed as a Niō, a monk, or a samurai, and appear in bedrooms late at night.
BEHAVIOR: Makura-gaeshi gets it is named for its primary activity: flipping pillows. People who sleep in a room haunted by a makura-gaeshi often wake up to find that their pillow has been flipped and is now at their feet. Makura-gaeshi are also known for other minor pranks, such as running through ashes and leaving dirty footprints around the rooms they haunt.
I have been haunted by a Makura-gaeshi for years, I just didn’t realize it. While I sleep it tosses my pillows on the floor. Sometimes it just pulls the pillowcases off.
When it is feeling extra frisky it steals my shirt and throws it behind the bed. It apparently hates it when I leave things on my nightstand because it dumps those on the floor too. At least once a week it pulls up one or two od the corners of my fitted bottom sheets.
I never see it do these things because it only does stuff while I’m sleeping. It doesn’t seem to be bothered by the gargoyles I put in my room to keep my Psycho Ex-Girlfriend away.
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