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Img tofukozo
Japanese 豆腐小僧
English Little Tōfu Boy
Species Yōkai
Gender Male
Home Yōkai Yokochō
First Appearance
Manga Tofu-Kozō (1986)
Anime Series 3 Episode 106 (1988)
1985 anime Keiichi Nanba
1996 anime Daisuke Sakaguchi
2007 anime Daisuke Sakaguchi
2018 anime Arisa Sekine

Tōfu-Kozō (豆腐小僧, Little Tōfu Boy) is a small human-like yōkai.


Tōfu-Kozō are known to be servant yokai, first and foremost. Even among other yōkai, they are often bullied and teased for their lack of strength. They get no respect from those above them; at most, they act as menial servants to more powerful yōkai.


Tōfu-Kozō is a small yōkai who resembles a human child with short black hair and eyes, as well as constantly sticking his out. He wears a little boys’ kimonos and wide-brimmed straw hats, which is the typical outfit of a tōfu-selling young boy of the Edo period. He is virtually always seen carrying a tray of tofu.


Tōfu-kozō is often portrayed as amicable and timid. For the most part, he will shy away from any confrontation, sticking to the sidelines.


Third Anime

Tōfu-Kozō appears in episode #106 of the third anime adaptation, Tofu-Kozō and Yamagami.

Fifth Anime


In the fifth Anime, Tōfu-Kozō makes occasional appearances. He is shown in the second ending animation of the series.

One of the episodes where he gets a decent spotlight is in episode #34 of the fifth anime adataption, Yōkai Yokochō's Cruise to Hell.

Sixth Anime

Opening: In the sixth Anime, Tōfu-Kozō appears in the opening animation sitting on the roof of a building.

Tofu-Kozo 2

Episode One: After Mana states that she wants to understand more about yōkai, she looks up at the Vampire Tree that Kitarō had turned into, and briefly sees Tōfu-Kozō sitting on a branch. After Mana rubs her eyes, she looks up again to see that he has disappeared and Medama-Oyaji chuckles.[1]

Episode 23:  He is seen again at the Yōkai Apartment in episode #23, The Yōkai Apartment Secret Story.

Episode 34:


Reflexes: Tofu-Kozō has fast reflexes, making him able to dodge a human's barrage of punches.[2]

Tongue: He is able to catch and stop bullets with his tongue.[2]

Vanishing: Tofu-Kozō was able to appear on a branch of the Vampire Tree, and quickly disappear as Mana had saw.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018): Episode 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 GeGeGe no Kitarō (2007): Episode 34