Forgive me, master Miroku!!



  • Hachiemon
  • Awa no Hachiemon
  • 八衛門
  • 阿波の八衛門
Name meaning

Eight Gate of Protection

Viz Manga
  • Hachiemon
  • Hachi
English TV
  • Hachiemon
  • Hachi

Biographical information



Physical information





Eye color


Hair color


Skills information

  • Shapeshifting
  • Flight



Miroku, Mushin


Mushin's temple


Manga Debut

Chapter 51

InuYasha Anime

Episode 16

Movie Debut

Affections Touching Across Time

Voice Actors

Japanese Seiyū

Toshihiko Nakajima

English VA

Terry Klassen

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Hachiemon (八衛門, "Eight Gate of Protection"), also known as Hachi (八衛) or Awa no Hachiemon (阿波の八衛門)[1], is a Tanuki from Awa who serves Miroku. His basic abilities are low and he has no weapons or skills for battle. He is an unremarkable being, but he understands Miroku well. Although Hachi is Miroku's servant, he often does not travel with him.

Since he is a tanuki, he has the ability to transform. If he puts a leaf on his head and transforms, he can assume the form of a giant yellow gourd. He can fly in this state. When he runs away, he can lay down a smoke screen to deceive enemies.

He is sometimes asked to perform impossible tasks, but if he complains, he gets beaten on the head. Even though he is treated brutally, he makes every effort for Miroku. He is nobly sworn a bond between master and servant.

Interestingly, Hachi, while disguised as Miroku, was shown to be quite the lady's man, wooing almost every woman in the village with high success. While Miroku was initially upset over the deception, he actually asked Hachi for advice on how he did it, much to Sango's anger. He would then transform back into Miroku, switch places back and forth with his Master, and proceed to almost taunt Sango into chasing them, each declaring the other was Miroku, much to her fury.[2]

Name Edit

  • Hachi means 'eight' in Japanese, though it is also a name.
  • The tanuki has eight special traits that bring good fortune, possibly created to coincide to the "Hachi" symbol (meaning eight) often found on the sake bottles the statues hold.
  • The eight traits are: a hat to be ready to protect against trouble or bad weather; big eyes to perceive the environment and help make good decisions; a sake bottle that represents virtue; a big tail that provides steadiness and strength until success is achieved; over-sized testicles that symbolize financial luck; a promissory note that represents trust or confidence; a big belly that symbolizes bold and calm decisiveness; and a friendly smile.

Trivia Edit

  • His seiyū, Toshihiko Nakajima, voiced several characters from Rumiko Takahashi's previous series Ranma ½. They include Farmer Brown, Wonton, and Yamato no Orochi.
  • Hachiemon has an uncanny resemblance to Mujina, only Hachiemon is a raccoon dog and Mujina is a badger. Both tanuki and mujina are shapeshifters in Japanese mythology. Interestingly, tanuki and mujina are sometimes interchangeable. In some regions of Japan, raccoon dogs are called mujina and badgers are called tanuki.

Media appearances Edit

References Edit

  1. Zusetsutaizan Ōgikaiden, page 87
  2. InuYasha anime; Episode 93