According to the Taihei chronicles, in the autumn of the year 1334, this ominous bird spirit began appearing in
the night sky above the capital's ceremonial hall. It would breathe fire and cry in a wretched and eerie voice, Itsumademo! Itsumademo!
, "How much longer?! How much longer?!". The court nobles were all quite disturbed,
and chose an expert archer to shoot the creature down. When the huge bird fell from the sky, it was found to be
a chimeric beast with the body of a snake, a human-like face, claws like daggers, and a wingspan of around five
meters. Apparently it had appeared around the time of a plague, when the bodies of the innumerable deceased were
being dumped on the capital's outskirts. The monstrous itsumaden
, it is said, was born from the bitter
spirits of all those abandoned dead, and flew about shrieking in sympathy for them.
It is also said that a person allowed to starve to death becomes an itsumaden, which haunts whoever
refused to feed it in life, crying Itsumade, Itsumade; "How long, how long?", how long will I be neglected?