YUKI ONNA —
yuki onna (“snow woman”) is a spirit or yōkai in japanese folklore. she appears on snowy nights as a tall, beautiful woman with long black hair and blue lips. her inhumanly pale or even transparent skin makes her blend into the snowy landscape. some legends say the yuki onna, being associated with winter and snowstorms, is the spirit of a woman who perished in the snow. she is at the same time beautiful and serene, yet ruthless in killing unsuspecting mortals. in many stories, yuki onna appears to travelers trapped in snowstorms and uses her icy breath to leave them as frost-coated corpses. other legends say she leads them astray so they simply die of exposure. other times, she manifests holding a child. when a well-intentioned soul takes the “child” from her, they are frozen in place. parents searching for lost children are particularly susceptible to this tactic.