Remind you of Princess Mononoke? ... Kodama by Gimpbeast A kodama (木魂?) is a spirit from Japanese folklore, which is believed to live in certain trees (similar to the Dryad of Greek myth). Cutting down a tree which houses a kodama is thought to bring misfortune, and such trees are often marked with shimenawa rope.
"Shimekazari" in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. Many Japanese decorate the entrances of their homes with Shimekazari during the New Year’s season to ward off evil spirits. They are made of Shimenawa, sacred Shinto rope of rice straw, used to indicate the sacred areas where gods descend.
In #Japanese #folklore the Kodama are spirits that inhabit and represent trees. They aren’t believed to dwell in every tree, but rather occupy specific and significant trees. Cutting down a tree that houses a Kodama is thought to bring ill fortune, and in Japan any such trees are often marked with a special rope. Japanese folklore takes influence from both Shinto and Buddhist beliefs, so it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where and how these spirits originated.