The Kijimuna is a mythical creature from Okinawan folklore, which is the traditional belief system of the indigenous people of Okinawa, Japan. The Kijimuna is often described as a mischievous and small humanoid creature with red hair covering its body. It is said to inhabit the dense forests and banyan trees of Okinawa.

Kijimuna are known for their playful nature and are considered tricksters. Legend has it that if a person encounters a Kijimuna, they may play pranks on them or engage in mischievous behavior. Despite their playful tendencies, they are generally harmless and are said to bring good fortune to those who treat them with respect.

Some stories suggest that treating a Kijimuna kindly and returning its mischief with laughter can create a friendly bond with the creature.

Illustration of a Kijimuna, with a cheeky grin


Size: Kijimuna are typically small in stature, often depicted as being about the size of a child or shorter. This small size allows them to move easily through the dense forests and trees of Okinawa.

Appearance: They are humanoid in form, with a human-like body structure. Kijimuna are often depicted with red hair covering their bodies. Their eyes are said to be large, and they may have pointy ears.

Nuchi Gusui“: One distinctive feature is the depression on the top of their heads called “nuchi gusui.” This depression is said to be filled with water, and if the water is spilled, the Kijimuna loses its strength and becomes powerless.

Clothing: Kijimuna are often depicted wearing minimal or tattered clothing.


The Kijimuna is believed to be a guardian spirit of the forest, residing primarily in the dense vegetation and banyan trees of Okinawa.

The creature’s name, “Kijimuna,” is derived from the Okinawan language. The exact etymology is not always clear, but it is a term deeply ingrained in the cultural identity of the region.

Portrait of Kijimuna


Playfulness: The Kijimuna is known for its mischievous and playful nature. It may engage in pranks or tricks, sometimes leading people astray in the forest. Despite its mischief, the Kijimuna is not considered malevolent but rather a trickster figure.

Forest Guardian: The Kijimuna is often considered a guardian spirit of the forest.

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