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  • おに oni
  • ki


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  • noun
    oni, ogre, demon
    • spirit of a deceased person
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      • Applies only to おに
      ogre-like person (i.e. fierce, relentless, merciless, etc.)
        • Applies only to おに
        it (in a game of tag, hide-and-seek, etc.)
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        • Applies only to き
        astronomy, etc. term
        Chinese "ghost" constellation (one of the 28 mansions)
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        • Applies only to おに
        very, extremely, super-
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      The Japanese Ogre: Oni 鬼

      What do you know about the Japanese mythological creature oni?

      👹 There are so many different kind of monsters in the traditional Japanese folklore. The Japanese ogre or Oni 鬼 is a gigantic ogre like creature with humanoid form but usually having sharp claws, extra fingers or more than two eyes.

      Oni originally were invisible spirits bringing diseases, disasters and other bad things. Eventually those spirits began being represented with the humanoid form we know them nowadays. It’s common to see people dressed as Oni in some Japanese festivals to help to bring good luck.

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      • 10 strokes

        ghost, devil

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        English translation

        Next year is the devil's joke.