Yotsume (つめ, "night nails") was a mysterious four eyed owl yōkai that was under the services of Shikyō and Kirinmaru.


Yotsume worked for the Four Perils member Kyūki, under Kirinmaru. Yotsume observed the battle against Root Head.

Many years later, Yotsume perched on the Sacred Tree and watched Moroha, Setsuna, and Towa Higurashi. He communicated this info to Kyūki through her crystal ball and recognized Moroha as the one who killed Tōkotsu. Kyūki asked Yotsume what Jakotsumaru was up to, and Yotsume said he was gathering bones to revive his father. Kyūki told Yotsume to tell Jakotsumaru about Moroha.

Yotsume disguised himself as Sōkyu and tricked lord Danjo into assisting him in capturing Towa. Curious about the other world, Yotsume and Danjo interrogate Towa presenting the seat from Kagome Higurashi's bike.

Yotsume told Towa about the battle against Root Head, and as he finished the story, Moroha and Setsuna broke into the temple to rescue Towa. Moroha recognized Yotsume's scent and attacked him, slicing off his hat and revealing his extra two eyes. Setsuna went to attack Yotsume, who transformed into his owl form and fled.[1][2]

Yotsume inadvertently led the girls back to Kyūki's hideout, which earned him her ire. Kyūki let Yotsume borrow her purple Rainbow Pearl, which merged his owl and human form together and gave him a fifth eye on his forehead.

Moroha pinned Yotsume to the mountain with her arrows, but he blasted her with the pearl from his new eye, causing Moroha to fall asleep. Towa arrived on the back of Takechiyo and Yotsume blasted them, causing them to both to fall asleep. Unaffected, Setsuna destroyed Yotsume with her Scourge of Swallow, incinerating him.[3]

Physical description

Yōkai Form: In this form, Yotsume looks like a large owl in beige and dark brown colors. The only thing that distinguishes it from ordinary owls is the fact that he has four red eyes.

Human Form: He pretended to be an old master of the tea ceremony named Sōkyu (宗久) to fool Ogigayatsu Hiiragi Danjo and Towa. In this form, Yotsume looked like an ordinary wrinkled old man with a thin build. However, his four eyes were displayed even in this form, so he had to hide the two extra eyes on his forehead, covering them with a headdress. It is not yet known whether this is his permanent human form or not.

Because of the purple rainbow pearl , Yotsume takes on a much larger form than her original. His body is greyish in color and his hands are in a more human form with black nails. As he takes this aspect, a vertical-looking fifth eye appears, protruding from the center of his head.

Powers & Abilities

  • Flight: Due to him being a yōkai bird he is capable of flight.
  • Transformation (変化, へんげ, "Henge"): Yotsume has the ability to change his appearance to that of an elderly bald man.[1]
  • Manipulation: Like all other Yōkai of it intelligent, he can manipulate other individual such as the human warlord to do his bidding unknowingly. Possibility might have tricked the shogunate adviser from the Kanto Region to serve in his own ground and use their army to capture Towa until it was exposed by Moroha.
  • Longevity: Like many Yōkai, Yotsume had remained unchanged all these years. When Towa, Setsuna and Moroha were born, he maintained his original self.

Manga vs. Anime

  • In the anime adaptation of InuYasha Since Then, Yotsume stood on a tree branch and secretly watched Inuyasha, Kagome and their friends as they fought against Root Head. Later, Yotsume takes away the surviving piece of Root Head and brings it to the Sacred Tree. Yotsume was not present in the manga chapter.


  • His name can also mean Four Eyes.
  • Yotsume's Japanese voice actor, Takumi Yamazaki also voiced both Jūrōmaru and Kagerōmaru.

Media appearances


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hanyō no Yashahime; Episode 1
  2. Hanyō no Yashahime; Episode 7
  3. Hanyō no Yashahime; Episode 8