Amabie, a humanoid fish yokai (demon or spirit from Japanese folklore), has become the recipient of a recent merchandise boom and popularity due to the pandemic. Amabie is said to have appeared off the coast of Kumamoto during the Edo period, telling those that witnessed it “If an epidemic ever spreads, draw a picture of me and show it to everyone.” In hopes of battling the corona virus, artists have been drawing illustrations of Amabie, and the anti-plague creature now has various goods featuring its likeness in different items such as beers and masks.
Now a rich and “healthy” pudding to the list of Amabie treats has appeared; the two-layer pudding contains yuzu jelly and is packed with Vitamin C (tapping into the idea of boosting your immune system). Amabie’s true powers remain to be seen, but at least people are enjoying its ghoulish presence during these times.
Would you believe in the power of Amabie?