The vampire is a mystical being that survives by feeding upon human blood. In any part of the world you may go, there will be a legend about a monster or demon that hungers for that vital fluid. Even Japan’s folklore contains many stories of vampire-like creatures stalking the night for victims. One such entity legends warn of is the nobusuma.
In Japan, yokai are the monsters, demons, ghosts and other supernatural creatures in folklore. These entities could been born from an animal, a human being or even an household item. The nobusuma is a yokai resulting when an old bat hit a certain age and magically transformed into a yokai. This demon appears as a giant flying squirrel, similar to the musasabi of Japan.
In some legends, the nobusuma flies around at night seeking out a sleeping victim. When it finds a suitable prey, the yokai landed on the person’s chest and begin leeching off the person’s life force by sucking in the human’s exhaling breath. The victim would have three days to live before the nobusuma complete drained their energy. The only way to save the person from a certain death was to fight off creature after witnessing the attack taking place as myths said the vampire would never return.
Other legends mention how the nobusuma awaited within the tree top at night for unsuspecting victims. As travellers camp out after sunset, this yokai would swoop out of tress, latch onto the person face and began sucking blood. After draining the victim, the nobusuma would drag the body into the woods to hide the remains and then retreat back to its tree looking forward to its next meal. When humans were scarce, the yokai been said to suck the blood of small game or domestic animals.