How would the yokai お菊 count plates?


So, for the month of October I’m drawing one yokai a day. Today I plan on drawing お菊, who is the girl that was murdered and thrown down a well, but gets up every night to count up to nine plates.

My idea is to just draw a well and have the words “one” through “nine” coming up out of the well. I was originally just going to draw out the kanji “一。。二。。三。。”, but now I’m wondering if it would be more accurate to write the kanji with the counter for flat objects “一枚。。二枚。。三枚。。” Would that represent how she would count the plates out loud?

Also! Is there any better onomatopoeia to use for a blood-curdling scream? Right now I’m planning to use わーわー.

一枚, 二枚, etc. was the counter I’ve seen used in the telling of the story I read in Japanese.

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Japanese wikipedia uses 「いちまーい、にまーい… 」in the description of the story.

EDIT: Here’s the link to the article.

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Thank you both! Didn’t think to check that!

Maybe something like キー?

I think I like that one more… I was using the Tofugu onomatopoeia guide as a reference but they didn’t have exactly what I was looking for.

I often use this site:

Here’s a couple of options for ‘scream’ that came up on that site:

And this may actually be closer to what you want:

ギエー, ぎえー gie- nyooo! aghhhh!!! A scream used usually when something scares you to death.

Awesome, thanks so much!

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You’re welcome.

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