Hitodama appears like colored glowing fire orbs, sometimes blueish, sometimes greenish or sometimes reddish, sometimes yellowish, with long glowing tails and is believed to be the souls of persons recently deceased.

They can be seen on houses where people recently died, funeral homes and graveyards. They are visible to the human eyes and they are harmless.

The legends says that the orbs were the detached souls of the recently deceased human and they float up to the sky.