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In Japanese folklore, the jorogumo is a monstrous spider often associated with the supernatural "masters" (nushi δΈ») of deep pools and waterfall basins.

A common folktale motif tells how, while a man is resting near waterfall or pool, a spider (often a jorogumo) appears and attaches a thread to his leg or toe. The man, though not too flustered, thinks this is strange and reattaches the thread to an old stump, only to watch in horror as the stump is pulled into water by a water-spirit intent on eating the man.