Zorigami – A to Z Blogging Challenge

Clockwork - image by Kozuch

Tick, tock.

One hundred years old. 

Tick, tock.

The teachings of Kūkai state that any object can receive a soul.

Tick, tock.

After one hundred years of service.

Tick, tock.

We opened my grandfather’s pocket watch. The hinges screamed.

Tick, tock.

The clockwork still spun, but nothing lived inside.

Tick, tock.

I threw it away, useless.

The Kūkai was wrong.

Written as the final instalment in my series on Under-Represented Monsters, for the A to Z ChallengeThe Zorigami is in the same class as the Jotai (the Tsukumogami) – created to teach esoteric Buddhism to the Japanese peasantry. And no, I don’t know what lesson it teaches, other than that the Japanese seem to be the best in the world at creating monsters. Not just the Gojira and Mosura style “mega-monsters” but also the monsters that inhabit our daily lives. Monsters are still being created in Japan, and being incorporated into the collective conscious there, monsters like the Kuchisake Onna, first recorded in 1978 and still thriving in the imaginations of school children. We don’t seem to do that. We have our urban legends, sure, but ours seem to be about escaped criminals and psychopaths, not the supernatural. So I tried to work that death of imagination into this piece. And I wonder if our culture is weaker for losing the supernatural…

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7 thoughts on “Zorigami – A to Z Blogging Challenge

  1. A-Z: phew, you made it! I don’t agree that we in the West don’t create monsters. Look at the UFO craze over the past fifty years and the wide range of extraterrestrials that people have supposedly encountered. In effect, the scientific has replaced the supernatural, but there’s still something out there.
    I’ve enjoyed reading this blog at the same time as another series by another blogger: http://sampaxton.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/h-is-for-heikegani/
    He’s only up to H though!

    • I just feel like the concept of aliens is different somehow…maybe the sense that they’re explainable…I was talking more about the supernatural, as opposed to something conceivable or even understandable (although some of my monsters would qualify, being explained as cryptids) – am I making sense? It’s too early in the morning for me to tell.

  2. Interesting little tale. Congrats on making it to the end of the challenge. That is sad that our monsters aren’t as creative as others. Maybe we’re too practical thinking.

  3. Congrats on completing the A to Z challenge! Loved your posts.

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