The yuki onna is a femme fatale of Japanese folklore. When travelers are lost or exhausted in the winter snows, the yuki onna (“snow woman”) appears to greet them — and they are never seen again.
/cue shivery music/
Yuki onna are always extremely beautiful, and they are icy cold to the touch. From what I’ve found, they usually appear in Heian fashion with long, dark, free-flowing hair — perhaps the better to whip about in the wild wind dramatically as she descends upon you. (Pieces pulling loose from a complex Edo hairstyle, say, would just be a bit embarrassing.)
My friend, the phenomenally-accomplished Amanda “Elemental” Irwin, recently did a photoshoot with with a lovely yuki onna, played by the lovely Sarcasm-hime (Maral Agnerian), and it’s amazing. They were each generous enough to allow me to share them with you.
While the yuki onna has only a passing appearance in Kitsune-Mochi, I have to say that these images made me wish I’d given her a larger part. We’ll see what happens during final revisions.
So, though I don’t do Wordless Wednesday well (far too wordy!), here’s a gallery of gorgeous for you.