yuki-onna is a feminine entity that appears in Japanese folklore. She
manifests in remote areas during snowstorms. As is common in folklore, the
exact characteristics of the yuki-onna vary according to the
particular tale. She normally appears as a tall, beautiful woman with long
hair and pale skin. She is commonly clad in a white kimono. Some accounts
depict her without feet (a common characteristic of Japanese ghosts); and
some stories describe her with glowing eyes that can mesmerize any person
who gazes upon her face.
her beauty, the yuki-onna has deadly intentions. She kills by
breathing a gust of frigid air on her victims, or by leading them astray
to die from exposure. The yuki-onna may lure men with sexual
temptations, only to drain them of life when any amorous act is consumated.
She may even pretend to be holding an infant. When a person takes the
infant from her, he or she is instantly frozen to death.
famous depiction of the “snow woman” appears in Lafcadio Hearn’s
Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. Hearn published
Kwaidan in 1904; and Masaki Kobayashi made the book into a movie in