It is told in Japanese folklore
that after 100 years service tools
acquire a spirit and deceive people’s hearts.
So too, containers and instruments receive
souls, arms & legs, faces with growing teeth.
We find, for instance, in the literature
possessed sake jars, mirrors, kettles;
animated gongs, umbrellas, clocks.
The critics comment that Tsukumogami are
by and large, harmless enough, though sometimes
they band together to take revenge
on the wasteful or those who throw things away
thoughtlessly. To this day, ceremonies are performed
to console broken and unusable articles.