Tenjoname Yokai

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Tenjoname Yokai
The Tenjoname Yokai in episode 10 of Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka
Allies Kotaro Ushiwaka, Uragira, Nyudo
Enemies Kotaro Ushiwaka (initially)
First appearance Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka
episode 10, "The Tenjoname Yokai"

The Tenjoname Yokai ( (てん) (じょう)なめ妖怪,   Tenjōname Yōkai, lit. Ceiling Licker Yokai) is a yokai who appears in episode 10 of the 1974 tokusatsu series, Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka entitled "The Tenjoname Yokai."


The Tenjoname Yokai's name comes from the folklore creature Tenjoname (天井嘗), whose name combines the Japanese words tenjō (天井), meaning "ceiling," and name (嘗め), meaning "lick."


The Tenjoname Yokai's body is completely blue save for his head, which is a beige color. He is completely bald and has a large mouth and tongue.


Showa era

The Tenjoname Yokai licking Nyudo in "The Tenjoname Yokai"

Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka

"The Tenjoname Yokai"

As an exhausted Nyudo collapsed on the steps of an old temple, the Tenjoname Yokai who inhabited the area took notice and seized the opportunity to begin licking his head. Nyudo soon awoke and ran away frightened upon seeing the yokai standing over him. When Nyudo returned with Kotaro and Uragira to take on the yokai, it sat perched on the temple rafters drinking from Nyudo's canteen of sake, but began throwing spears at the group upon noticing their presence. The yokai soon jumped down to confront Kotaro, wielding another spear. Though the two managed to disarm one another, they continued their fight barehanded. Eventually, Kotaro knocked the Tenjoname Yokai to the ground and held his arm behind his back, prompting the yokai to surrender. The group apparently set aside their differences and befriended one another, with the yokai pushing them on a swing set.



The Tenjoname Yokai's weapon of choice are spears, which he is seemingly able to summon on command. He repeatedly threw them at Kotaro before wielding one as a melee weapon to fight him head-on.


Though the Tenjoname Yokai managed to hold his own in battle against Kotaro for a time, he was ultimately overpowered and driven to surrender.


Main article: Tenjoname Yokai/Gallery.


  • The Tenjoname Yokai is the first yokai to appear in the series who surrendered rather than being killed.


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