When an unexpected snowfall broke the nose of a statue near Mount Kurama in Kyoto, Japan, locals wasted no time to fix it.
The statue is a “tengu”, known to be a legendary, protective and possibly dangerous spirits of the mountains and forests in Japanese folklore.
Tengu were originally believed to take the form of predatory birds and are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics. They are also often considered “kami,” a type of Shinto god and “yōkai” or supernatural demons, monsters and spirits.
That being said, it’s clear why locals responded to the rescue of the statue when its nose fell off. Otherwise, they could risk facing its wrath and vengeance.
Images of the “healed” tengu were posted by Spoon & Tamago on Facebook, which gathered over 14,000 shares and 9,000 reactions since Friday.
As usual, netizens expressed their thoughts:
“This country is so precious. I cannot deal with this.”
“That’s the one in Kurama… I hope they will get a ‘surgeon’ to fix it back, as they say it’s in treatment now.”
“Honey…here is that weird hentai dildo you asked me for.”
“Haha! But that was not that much snow, so it seems it was not a very stable nose.”
“So that’s how Pinocchio became a real boy, by waiting for snow to pile up on his nose.”
Hopefully when the snow lets up, this tengu will get his nose back.
According to Japanese folklore, Mount Kurama is the home of Sōjōbō, King of the Tengu, who taught swordsmanship to Minamoto no Yoshitsune, one the most famous samurai warriors in all Japanese history who lived around the year 1000.