Sake Bug, Wine Worm
Ability to create sake out of water
The Sake Bug (酒虫 Shuchuu) is a companion of the oni created by a crystallization of their technology that is able to turn small amounts of water into sake in a night. The sake created from them has a complex and somewhat unrefined taste. They can exist in large vases, or their extract used in gourds such as Suika's. The sake bug looks like a catfish-like salamander.
In Strange and Bright Nature Deity, Reimu obtained a vase from Suika containing water and the sake bug. The Three Fairies of Light, thinking that the vase contained sake, stole it and drank from it, but they were disappointed that there was no sake in it. Shortly after, they met Eirin Yagokoro. Eirin fooled the fairies into believing they ingested the sake bug and that it caused them to be unable to taste sake. To pay for a 'treatment' at Eientei, the fairies gave the vase to Eirin.
Creator, Former owner
- A sake bug in mythology is a spirit from a Chinese myth, a sake spirit that dwells in humans. After ingesting it, humans can't get drunk. The spirit is also said to turn water into sake. It was written about in a Chinese novel and later adapted by Akutagawa Ryuunosuke's "The Wine Worm".
- There's no proof that Suika manages to get this specific Sake Bug back. It is most likely still owned by Eirin at Eientei. However, her own gourd still houses a very high-class sake bug.
- In chapter 16 of Wild and Horned Hermit, Kasen bring the same sake to the annual flower viewing ceremony, thanks to Yuugi's help. Reimu seems to recall it but forgotten about it.
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