Foot Hell: Ashi Wash Introduces Awful Japanese Spirit

Hell is other people’s toenails. The worst feeling in the world is being woken by someone else’s toenail scraping down your calf. Escaping that is 90% of why I married the sea. Perhaps Japan understands this awfulness better than any country, as evidenced by a folklore creature named the Ashiarai Yashiki. This awful filthy foot stomps into people’s homes and demands they clean it (it is a talking foot, naturally). Hell. You can experience a bit of that terror in Aki Wash [official site], a wee free game about cleaning an Ashiarai Yashiki threatening to smash you. It has the very worst toenails I’ve ever seen in a video game.

It’s a simple enough thing: an Ashiarai Yashiki hangs in your home, waggling its toes and threatening to smash your stuff if you don’t clean it within three minutes. Find your shears to clip its toes (hell), spray fungal spray to clean up mushroom-sprouting gunk, grab a flyswatter to squish those flies, and use your pickaxe to chip off… I don’t even want to know. That’s it. Find items, point ’em in the right direction and clicking, jumping up and down to reach high-up hellspots.

It’s small, slight, scrappy, and worth a look just for the spectacle of that awful foot waggling its toes with those awful toenails oh god I’m in hell.

Ashi Wash was made by a team of four for Itch’s My First Game Jam: Summer Edition this month. Well, they succeeded in making one of the most horrifying things known to video games.

Grab it on Itch.

Thanks but no thanks for spotting this, Warp Door.


  1. Sakkura says:

    Now this is a game I REALLY don’t want a VR version of.

  2. lupinewolf says:

    Now this is a game I REALLY want a VR version of.

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    DelrueOfDetroit says:

    Now this is a game I am RATHER impartial about there being a VR version of.

  4. VCepesh says:

    Read it at first as “Ashi Wash Introduces Awful Japanese Shit”.
    Looked through the article, looked at the screenshots.
    I stand by my original impression.
    Seriously, go on and set the play speed higher – ’tis bloody disturbing.

  5. Kefren says:

    Now this is a reality I REALLY don’t want a game version of.

  6. Shazbut says:

    This game has REALLY woken me up to reality.

    *goes off to clip toenails*

  7. TroysNoize says:

    Hi all, I was one of the team members on the project. Glad you liked cleaning our giant, gross, rude foot! We’ve talked about working on it a bit more, so fingers/toes crossed.

    • Strangeblades says:

      You and your team have not done enough for humanity. I need some visual representation of foot fungus. PLEASE!

  8. PancakeWizard says:

    I was more surprised by a villains wikia existing than the Ashiarai Yashiki!

    I still haven’t got over the Teke Teke, Mokumokuren or Rokurokubi, though. In the game Okami, enemy spirits of choice are positively tame compared to some of the weird shit from ancient Japanese folklore.

  9. Pogs says:

    And we got Godzilla when we could have this destroying Tokyo? I call dibs on the movie rights! On second thoughts maybe Monty Python got there first…

  10. Pogs says:

    Oh and you failed to list your top 10 worst toenail games?

  11. Malagate says:

    I love that there are games like this in existence, thank you.

    Also I think Quentin Tarantino will be contacting the developer soon, I imagine he would be very much in to a VR version of this…

  12. Chillicothe says:

    “…a Terry Gilliam video game.”

  13. iMad says:

    I imagine madochists with foot fetish would willingly be stepped on by it. After it’s been cleaned and trimmed that is.