|English||Azuki Bean Washer|
|Abilities||Azuki Bean generation|
47 Yōkai Warriors
|Anime||Series 1 Episode 7 (1968)|
|1968 anime||Sanji Hase|
|1985 anime||Kazumi Tanaka
Hiroshi Ōtake (Movie 4)
|1996 anime||Tomomichi Nishimura|
|2007 anime||Katsuyuki Konishi|
|NonNonBa||Sanji Hase (voice)|
|Great Yōkai War||Takashi Okamura|
Shonen Magazine/First Anime
Shonen Sunday/Second Anime
He appears in the fourth movie based on the third anime adaptation, GeGeGe no Kitarō: Gekitotsu!! Ijigen Yōkai no Dai-Hanran!!.
He appears throughout the fifth anime adaptation. One of his main appearances was in episode #40, Big Fever! Kitarō Goodies. He is the 11th of chosen 47 Yōkai Warriors of Japan. He's the representative of Yamanashi. And his mark is located on the back of his head.
In the TV drama, he was credited as Azuki-Togi.
The Great Yōkai War
Azuki-Arai is among the many yōkai who attend the meeting to meet Tadashi Inō after his first battle with Agi. While he ignores most of the meeting to wash his beans, he stops briefly when Ungaikyō reveals that Yasunori Katō is behind everything. Like nearly all of the other yōkai at the meeting, he decides to take no part in the war, but his leg falls asleep as he tries to leave, causing him to spill and try to recollect his beans. Kawatarō, desperate for help in the battle, mistook this as Azuki-Arai agreeing to fight with them. He is guilted into helping, sarcastically promising to wash his beans with all of his might.
Upon arriving for the final battle, Azuki-Arai falls off of Ittan-Momen and spills his beans again. He recollects them and sits on one end of a board placed on top of some debris. Later, as Katō jumps into the Kikai machine, Sada falls onto the other end of the board Azuki-Arai is sitting on, launching him and his beans into the air. The azuki beans turn out to be the weakness of the Kikai and when one of them falls into the machine, it causes a chain reaction that destroys the machine and dismantles the Kikai.
Azuki-Arai is a ghostly phenomenon in Japanese folklore, in which a mysterious noise that sounds like azuki beans being washed or ground is heard. It usually occurs near a river or other body of water. Sometimes the creature or spirit responsible amuses itself by singing "azuki togō ka, hito totte kuō ka? shoki shoki." ("Will I grind my azuki beans, or will I get a person to eat? shoki shoki."), and anyone who approaches will inevitably fall into the water. While the perpetrator is seldom seen, he is often described as a short-statured man of grotesque appearance with a large balding head, crooked teeth, thin moustache, large bulging yellow eyes, wearing ragged clothes and bent over a pail washing azuki beans. Azuki-arai is sometimes blamed on a raccoon dog or weasel.
|Ghost Tribe||Kitarō • Medama-Oyaji|
|Other members||Nezumi-Otoko • Neko-Musume • Sunakake-Babaa • Konaki-Jijii • Ittan-Momen • Nurikabe|
|Recurring allies||Yobuko • Abura-Sumashi • Ido-Sennin • Tsurube-Bi • Bake-Garasu|
|Yōkai Apartments||Nekoko • Kamikiri • Azuki-Arai • Kasa-Bake • Tsurube-Otoshi • Gyūki|
|Yōkai Yokochō||Kawauso • Amabie • Rokuro-Kubi • Ohaguro-Bettari • Nurikabe Family|
|Other Allies||Shisa • Yuki-hime • Yagyō-san • Aobōzu|
|Tendo Family||Yumeko Tendō • Hoshirō Tendō • Masao Tendō • Yūko Tendō|
|Elementary School Trio||Yūko Murakami • Shōta Suzuki • Jun Tanimoto|
|Others||Mizuki • Makoto Washio • Mana Inuyama|
|47 Yōkai Warriors|
|Akamata • Akashita • Amabie • Aoi • Azuki-Arai • Dansaburō • Gyōbu-Danuki • Hitotsume-Kozō • Hyōsube • Ichimokuren • Ippon-Datara • Iso-Onna • Ittan-Momen • Iwanabōzu • Kabukiri-Kozō • Kame-hime • Kasha • Kawauso • Konaki-Jijii • Kuro-Karasu • Matsu no Seirei • Mikari-Baba • Mintsuchi • Namahage • Nami-Kozō • Nora • Nurikabe • Osakabe-hime • Osan-Kitsune • Raijū • Seko • Shidaidaka • Shirobōzu • Sunakake-Babaa • Sunekosuri • Tankororin • Tesso • Waira • Wakasa Mermaid • Wanyūdō • Yadōkai • Yakanzuru • Yama-Jijii • Yanboshi • Yobuko • Zashiki-Warashi|