The Life of Discarded Things
No. 5 The Unused Grater
'The kitchen is a particularly hazardous place when it comes to the yōkai of discarded objects, with many deep cupboards and drawers providing a place for those unwanted gifts and unnecessary tools and gadgets to be forgotten about, and develop personalities of their own, some of them resentful...
This box grater was purchased when the owner lived alone, but as his family grew, another grater arrived and took over grating duties, whilst this older model was left to languish in a utensil drawer. Whenever the drawer was opened, the grater’s hopes were dashed when he was no longer selected to help with making dinner, and he gradually formed into a vengeful yōkai who now likes to take bites out of fruit and vegetables, causing them to go bad...
He also has a well-known Japanese cousin, the spiky yama-oroshi (やまおろし), and it must be hoped that the two never get together...'
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