The Ittan-momen (Ittan - "one tan," or appx. 11 metres by modern standards, and momen - cotton cloth) is a youkai - specifically, a tsukumogami (an inanimate object which has gained life, usually through being used/owned for 99 years(!)). This means that the Ittan-momen boils down to naught but a long, living towel, which is famous for two reasons:

1. Appearing in a certain anime series
and
2. Coming out of nowhere to strangle people to death.

The Ittan-momen accomplished the second claim to fame by moving with the quickness, wrapping all eleven metres of itself around the hapless victim`s face and neck, then suffocating AND strangling them until they happened to, well, die.


Sources:
http://homepage2.nifty.com/zamza/c_yokai9.htm
http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~QI3M-OONK/tosyokan/fantasy/w-ittanmomen.htm

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