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"Who, but the moon, could so entrance?"
--The geisha Yuko Nasagi's dying words
|Alternate Names/Spellings||桂男, かつらおとこor Katsura Man|
|Origins||Chinese and Japanese Mythology, Legend and Folklore|
|Element||Air/Wind/Sky, Darkness/Shadow, Gravity/Space/Void, Life/Death/Blood, Plant, Time|
|Appearance||(Often) a handsome face looking down from the moon...|
The Katsura-Otoko is a creature with origins in Chinese mythology, legend and folklore. Later, it also gains connections to Japanese mythology, legend and folklore.
AppearanceKatsura otoko is an incomparably beautiful man who lives in the face of the moon. He appears on moonlit nights as gazes back down at those who gaze up at him. His beauty is said to be so enchanting that those who gaze at him find it difficult to turn away, even to their own peril.
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