kõ̞mpa̠kɯᵝ jo̞ːki (♫)
Unknown, but at least 300 years old
Currently in hermitude, former gardener and swordsmanship instructor
Unknown, used to live in Hakugyokurou
Youki Konpaku (魂魄 妖忌 Konpaku Youki) is an enigmatic character who has yet to make an actual appearance in any Touhou game. He was the first gardener for the Saigyouji clan at Hakugyokurou for about 300 years, before leaving it to his successor and student Youmu Konpaku. He, too, is a half-human half-phantom. No one currently knows his whereabouts.
Youki is described as stubborn, prideful and intimidating. While teaching, he preferred not to rely on words; when he did speak, he would only say few words with a thundering voice.
Youki Konpaku (魂魄妖忌) is his full name. Youki (妖忌) consists of two kanji: You (妖) as in "abnormal" or "supernatural", the same kanji found in "youkai", and Ki (忌) which mean "inauspicious" or "mourning". The characters for Konpaku (魂魄) mean simply "Soul". Although both Kon (魂) and Paku (魄) are "soul", their elements are different. Kon stands for a "mental soul", which is separated from a body as soon as human dies and ascends to the afterlife; Paku is a "physical soul", which remains in the body a few days and goes back to the Earth. In this case, Kon is Youki's phantom half, and Paku is his human half. Maybe Konpaku is not only a surname but a feature of the Konpaku clan.
Youki was the former gardener of Hakugyokurou. After 300 years of service he left and went into seclusion, possibly because of his advancing age. Nothing is known about his whereabouts or activities after this.
Youmu is Youki's student, and successor as gardener of Hakugyokurou. She believes that his disappearance is some kind of lesson from him.
Youki served Yuyuko until his disappearance, though she found him harder to rely on than Youmu. Before the events of Perfect Cherry Blossom he was one of the few people aware of Yuyuko's connection to the Saigyou Ayakashi.
- According to Youmu's article in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, the Konpaku are a lineage of half-human, half-phantoms.
- He is stated to be the only person who knows the whole story behind the sealing of the Saigyou Ayakashi in Yuyuko's profile. Yukari's profile shows she at least knows the part where Yuyuko is the one sealing it, so maybe the context is Youki is the only human to know. Presumably the story was passed down to him, just as he feels that Youmu will inherit it someday, as it seems unlikely Youki was alive when the Saigyou Ayakashi was sealed 1,000 years ago (but this is unconfirmed). The sealing of the Saigyou Ayakashi eventually became public knowledge on Yuyuko's article in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense.
- According ZUN's memo, Youki's swordmanship style is comprised of stolen arts.
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