November's exclusive pin club design.
Yuki Onna (literally “snow girl”) is a yokai that takes the form of a human, and can vanish into snow. There are various legends about her throughout snowy regions of Japan.
In a popular rendition, a young man and his father find refuge from a sudden snow fall in the mountains. Yuki Onna finds them on that cold night, and freezes the father in his sleep. The young man watches, helpless and terrified. Feeling pity for him, the spirit tells him to keep their encounter a secret, in exchange for sparing his life.
Time passes and one day the young man is surprised by a visitor at his door. It’s a beautiful young woman with long flowing hair. She seeks shelter with him and gradualy they fall in love and have a family.
One cold, snowy night the man recalls the night he saw the Yuki Onna to his wife. Her expression turns cold all of the sudden. He had promised all those years ago not to tell. She had intended to kill him for breaking his promise, but is unable to bring herself to do it. With that, she vanishes into the snow without a trace, never to be seen again.
Yuki Onna can be both dangerous and endearing, so we wanted to show her softer side in this design. On her head is a snow bunny, traditionally made with red Nandina berries as the eyes, that she’s animated.
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- Hard enamel pin
- Gold plated
- Clear enamel background
- Height: 33 mm