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Yuyuko Saigyouji
saigʲoːd͡ʑi jɯjɯko (♫)
Yuyuko Saigyouzi
Yuyuko Saigyouji
Yuyuko Saigyouji in Ten Desires
Dreaming Ghost
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Manipulation of death, Manipulation of departed souls


Dead/Immortal (Presumed to have "died over 1000 years ago" according to PMiSS. Born sometime in the 12th century if the daughter of Saigyō Hōshi)


Departed spirit princess



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"Just a little longer. A little longer and the Saigyou Ayakashi will be in full bloom..."

Yuyuko Saigyouji (Perfect Cherry Blossom Stage 6.)

Yuyuko Saigyouji (西行寺 幽々子 Saigyouji Yuyuko) is the main antagonist of Perfect Cherry Blossom. She's the ghost "princess" head of Hakugyokurou in the Netherworld.

She first appeared as the Final Boss of Perfect Cherry Blossom, later becoming a playable character along with Youmu Konpaku (as a duo) in Imperishable Night and showing up as an expansion character in Immaterial and Missing Power, Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, and Touhou Hisoutensoku. She would eventually also appear as the Stage 1 boss in Ten Desires, and as a Day 4 boss in Impossible Spell Card.

Unlike many departed spirits, Yuyuko resembles a living human; a humanoid.

General Information[edit]


She is very cheerful and friendly. In fact, her playful, good-humored personality, otherworldly beauty, and courtesan charm can have a disarming effect. She often makes bizarre and apparently nonsensical remarks and sometimes seems to overlook the obvious, leading to her characterization as an airhead or a ditz. For instance, in Touhou Bougetsushou, she toyed with Youmu Konpaku as a daily occurrence even with Ran Yakumo present.

However, at other times she will reveal an extremely cunning and perceptive side and will also sometimes display an extraordinary level of knowledge. For instance, in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, she was the quickest character to identify the culprit as Tenshi Hinanawi when the incident was in the omen stage (Yukari Yakumo spoke of the dwindling of phantoms as Komachi Onozuka's negligence, but Yuyuko guessed correctly). Additionally, in Ten Desires, she obliquely informed the playable character about the location of the incident regarding the divine spirits. She is also known for her incredible appetite.


Manipulating death

This is the ability to, without exception and without permitting any resistance, end the life of any living being, whether it be human or youkai. The only kind of creatures immune from this are Hourai Immortals. Be aware that this does not mean that she can make any person die instantly, but rather that she can make it so that any person will die with absolutely certainty, regardless of if they wish to die or not. Clearly and simply, it is an unusually and dreadfully powerful ability. Although the fear and responsibility brought with this ability is what drove her to commit suicide and become a ghost, it seems that she hasn't forgotten this ability since then, and it seems that she can use this ability in a carefree manner (though she doesn't act carelessly in the usage of this ability). However, whether she's able to end life only to the extent of fainting, or if she invites one to death gently, is unclear. During her lifetime, the latter was true. Her Last Word "Saigyouji Parinirvana" is said to be the very incarnation of this ability.

Manipulating departed souls

This is the ability that enables her to manipulate ghosts and spirits, an ability she possessed even while she was alive. Although it's unclear what one is exactly able to accomplish with this ability, it seems to place Yuyuko on the role of the manager of the ghosts who stay for a while in the Netherworld. Because of this ability, she is able to let those from Hell stay eternally in the Netherworld.

Character Design[edit]


Her full name is Yuyuko Saigyouji (西行寺 幽々子). Her surname Saigyouji (西行寺, lit. "West journey temple") comes from her motif as a daughter of the famous Japanese poet Saigyō Hōshi (西行 法師), who lived in the late Heian period and the early Kamakura period. He passed away in the Hirokawa Temple (弘川寺 Hirokawadera), which could be where the character ji () came from.

Her first name Yuyuko (幽々子) actually doesn't have much meaning but can be literally translated to "ghostly child" or "ghost ghost child". The -ko is a common suffix in Japanese that's used in female names which literally means "child". The iteration mark "", casually called a noma (ノマ), is used to indicate that the previous kanji should be repeated, thus her name's equivalent to "幽幽子". It's seen in the Japanese main title of Perfect Cherry Blossom (東方妖).


Yuyuko's depiction in PMiSS.

In Perfect Cherry Blossom she has maroon eyes, short wavy pink hair, and is surrounded by several small formless Phantoms. In all of the games, she wears a light blue and white kimono with dark blue trim and white designs; a blue mob cap on the front of which is a hitaikakushi with a red ghost insignia; and a veil of the same color of the kimono behind her head. She wears dark shoes with blue ribbons attached. In Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, her hair's slightly longer than normal, and her veil's more white than blue.

In Ten Desires, her hair's a paler shade of pink, her kimono's still a light pale blue, and the ribbon around her waist, the ribbon going down her kimono, and the bands and lacing on her arms and collar are black instead of white and blue. She now wears a transparent layer underneath, her mob cap lacks the veil it had in Perfect Cherry Blossom, Immaterial and Missing Power, and Scarlet Weather Rhapsody; and her hitaikakushi's insignia has changed shape. Her black shoes also lack the blue ribbons.

Throughout the games, the designs on her kimono change. In Perfect Cherry Blossom, it has floral designs; in Immaterial and Missing Power, the designs are of butterflies and flowers; in Imperishable Night, the butterflies and flowers design is replaced with a clouds and moon design; and in Ten Desires, the designs are of ghosts.

The phantoms surrounding her sometimes carry an object. In Perfect Cherry Blossom, one of the phantoms carries a cherry blossom twig; in Imperishable Night, one carries a small blue lantern; and in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody onwards, they no longer carry anything.

In ZUN's E-mails, ZUN described her as having a slightly tall height.



Perfect Cherry Blossom
Yuyuko's sprite in PCB & StB

Yuyuko is the final boss of Perfect Cherry Blossom. During its events, she made Youmu Konpaku find a way to make the Saigyou Ayakashi bloom to resurrect the corpse buried beneath it, apparently unaware that it was her own body. Forced to abandon her plan due to obstruction by Reimu and the gang, she resigned herself to continuing her existence as a ghost.

Imperishable Night
Yuyuko's back sprite in IN
Ten Desires
Yuyuko's sprite in TD & ISC

Yuyuko made her appearance as the stage 1 boss of Ten Desires. Her in-game sprite was re-used from Perfect Cherry Blossom with minor adjustments. The heroines come to the Netherworld believing that Yuyuko's the cause of the mass or divine spirits. Yuyuko insists that they duel if the heroine wants to know about the incident. After she's defeated, Yuyuko doesn't appear injured and explains what the spirits are. She also redirects the heroine to the Myouren Temple, the location where all the divine spirits are heading. With Youmu Konpaku's scenario however, she wishes to investigate, but isn't allowed out of the Netherworld unless she defeats Yuyuko.


Immaterial and Missing Power
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Shoot the Bullet

In Shoot the Bullet, Yuyuko is a target on level 8, where she'll use spell cards when Aya Shameimaru takes photos of her and her danmaku.

Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
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Touhou Hisoutensoku

If connecting SWR with Touhou Hisoutensoku, then Yuyuko can become a selectable character to play with, although she appears in no scenarios.

Hopeless Masquerade
Anigif of Yuyuko w/ Youmu in HM

Yuyuko appears as a background cameo in Hopeless Masquerade on the Divine Spirit Mausoleum stage. She is seen with Youmu Konpaku as she endlessly feeds her rice balls.

Impossible Spell Card

Presumably from hearing or seeing a wanted sign about the mischief-making amanojaku Seija Kijin, Yuyuko appears to be one of the many youkai that tries to capture her. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge. She is shown to be located at the Myouren Temple Cemetery.


Silent Sinner in Blue

Ran Yakumo goes to the Netherworld to ask both Youmu and Yuyuko if they could keep an eye on Remilia and her rocket. Although she first refused to do so, Yuyuko tells Youmu that she was indeed vigilant about the vampire's actions and tasks her with telling the shrine maiden to use the power of gods as "fuel".

Afterwards, in chapter 16, Yuyuko and Youmu arrive at the spot Yukari indicated. There, Yuyuko explains to Youmu that what they see is the result of dissolving the boundary between the imaginary Moon and the real one, and they go through it. They find Yukari's umbrella there, which Yuyuko interprets as a hint to where they have to go.

Finally, Yukari opens another gap which takes them to the Lunar Capital. There, they sneak in, searching for some treasure until the next Lunar month, when Yukari could open another connection between the Moon and the Earth. They come back with a millennial sake, ending a successful 2nd Lunar War.

Foul Detective Satori

Yuyuko was put into a coma by Mizuchi Miyadeguchi who was possessing Marisa Kirisame and brought her sake. After waking up, Youmu, Rin Kaenbyou and Satori Komeji head out in order to find Marisa, discovering her at Alice Margatroid's house, who was also now in a coma. They subsequently tie her up for being a suspect and interrogate her.


Youmu Konpaku

Youmu is Yuyuko's gardener, bodyguard and fencing instructor.[1][2][3] Youmu is unquestioningly loyal to her master, though she has a hard time understanding Yuyuko's riddles.

Youki Konpaku

Youki is Youmu's predecessor, who taught Youmu all that she knows. He also knew the full story of Yuyuko's connection to the Saigyou Ayakashi even after Yuyuko herself had forgotten. Yuyuko found him harder to rely on than Youmu.

Yukari Yakumo

Yuyuko has been friends with Yukari since before her death, and is one of the few people who can see through her plans.

Eiki Shiki

According to Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, Yuyuko was appointed her position by the yama, therefore it can be assumed that Eiki outranks her (Yuyuko also refers to Eiki as "Eiki-Sama" in Phantasmagoria of Flower View). Yuyuko knows Eiki personally, as Eiki dropped by to push her to teach Youmu more in Youmu's ending in Phantasmagoria of Flower View.

Minor Relationships[edit]

Saigyou Ayakashi (Youkai Tree in her Garden)

Her corpse was buried by an unknown person under the Saigyou Ayakashi after she committed suicide.

Lunasa, Lyrica, and Merlin Prismriver (Regular performers)









Spell Cards[edit]

Additional Information[edit]

  • Excluding spin-off games, Yuyuko is the first, and currently only, character in the Touhou Project to first appear as a final boss, then later in another game as a Stage 1 boss.
  • ZUN originally wanted to arrange her theme from Perfect Cherry Blossom and implement it into Ten Desires, but he ended up choosing against it because Yuyuko is only a Stage 1 boss in the newer game; hence why she ended up with a unique theme.
  • She has the highest number of spell cards as a Stage 1 boss; even more so than the Stage 2, Stage 3 and Stage 4 bosses in Ten Desires.
  • Her sixth palette in Touhou Hisoutensoku seems to resemble Hong Meiling, and there's another palette that resembles Ran Yakumo.
  • Assuming that Yuyuko is the daughter of Saigyō Hōshi, she and Fujiwara no Mokou are actually distant relatives, since Saigyō is a descendant of Mokou's supposed father Fujiwara no Fuhito.
  • Yuyuko's one of the few final bosses in the Touhou Project who, upon defeat, revives for a final spell card. Others are Eirin Yagokoro, Kaguya Houraisan, Tenshi Hinanawi, and Sumireko Usami.
  • The image file that contains all of the boss names (romanized) to display on the top-left during their battle in one of Perfect Cherry Blossom's demos has Yuyuko named Ayaka Saigyouji instead. The latest demo (ver0.11) has her named Yuyuka Saigyouji


Official Profiles[edit]

Official Sources[edit]

See Also[edit]


  1. Perfect Memento in Strict Sense - Youmu Konpaku
  2. Imperishable Night - Youmu's Profile and Manual
  3. Phantasmagoria of Flower View Youmu's Profile and Manual