Region of origin: Kyoto, Japan

Originally included in images as a part of yokai processions, the faced oxcarts persisted as a visual element without any real lore attached to them until the 18th Century when Toriyama Sekien added them to his yokai bestiaries. By his writings, the rich patrons (and their drivers) of Kyoto would clash constantly over parking their carts, until their rage over being denied prestigious spots would inhabit the cart itself and manifest as a tsukumogami. These living carts would roll up outside homes on foggy nights and beckon the residents to go for a ride.

Originally posted on Tumblr on May 3, 2016

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