Kodama is a tree spirit. They inhabit trees deep in the forests of Japan. They look like bluish light orbs. They can live inside the trees or around it. The life of the Kodama is connected with the trees. They protect the trees it inhabits and its surroundings. If someone tries or cuts these trees down the Kodama puts curse on them or the place where the person was living. Trees that are known to have Kodama living in it is marked with the Shimenawa (Big Sacred Rope) tied around.