Kurozuka(The Legend of the Fox-demon)


Mid Heian Period (12th century) beautiful lady Tamamo-no-mae waits on Emperor Toba (1107-1123). Since she gets affection from the Emperor, a series of misfortunes fall on him.  The Emperor, distressed, has the yin-yang master Abe Yasuchika read the woman's fortune. Abe sees right through her facade. The white fox-demon Kinmô-kyûbi (gold fur, nine tails) debauched many kings in China and flew to Japan. The fox-demon flees to Adachi-ga-hara, in Mutsu-no-kuni (modern Fukushima Prefecture), transforms into different persons and annoys the villagers. The demon once transforms into a beautiful lady, goes to Jûnenji temple where no women admitted and devours the monk Chinsai. Finally the demon is caught and vanquished by the imperial court officials Miura-no-suke and Kazusa-no-suke, prominent archers.