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Japanese Urban Legends

  • The Red Room story is an internet legend about a pop up which appears on the victim’s computer. The image simply shows a red door and a recorded voice asks “Do you like-”. Even if the pop up is closed it will repeatedly reappear until the voice finally completes the question: “Do you like the red room?”. Those who have seen the pop-up are found dead, their walls painted red in their own blood.
  • Aka Manto is a spirit which haunts bathrooms, usually the last toilet stall in the women’s/girl’s bathroom. Some versions describe him as wearing a mask to cover his extremely handsome face, which had caused him stalking problems in life. When the unlucky victim is on the toilet, a mysterious voice will ask them if they want red paper or blue paper. If you answer red paper, you are killed violently and drenched in blood. If you ask for blue, you are strangled or bled dry, leaving your face/skin blue. Attempting to ask for any other colour of paper will result in hands appearing (sometimes coming out of the toilet you’re sitting on), that will drag you into the fires of hell. In other versions the ghost will simply ask you if you want a red vest and will then rip the skin from your back.He could also ask you if you want a red or blue cloak. The only answer that will spare the person is to refuse anything he offers.
  • Fatal Fare: This story concerns a lone taxi driver making his way along a road during the night. Legend goes that a person will suddenly appear from the night darkness and hail the taxi. The person will only ever sit in the back of the car and will ask to be taken to a place the driver has never heard of. When the driver mentions this, he is assured that he will be given directions. The passenger then feeds the driver increasingly complex directions which leads them down streets and alleys, through many towns and even in some instances all the way from the city to the countryside. After traveling this distance and still seeming no closer to any destination, the driver becomes uneasy. He turns around to the back seat to ask the passenger exactly where they are – but he is suddenly shocked to find that the passenger has vanished. The taxi driver turns back to the steering wheel; only to drive off the edge of a cliff.

  • Gozu (Ox-head), also known as Cow Head, is a Japanese urban legend about a fictional story called ‘Cow Head’. Supposedly the Cow Head story is so horrifying that people who read or hear it are overcome with fear so great that they tremble violently for days on end until they die. One variation involves a teacher who tells a bored group of school children the story, resulting in both children and teacher becoming catatonic and losing their memory. Other variations include the detail that no one is able to retell the story since they die after hearing it.
  • Jinmenken are dogs, but with human faces that supposedly appear at night in Japanese urban areas and run along highways at extremely fast speeds. The jinmenken can also talk, but reports say that they will either be rude or will ask to be left alone. Unlike most Japanese urban legends, the human-faced dog is not widely known to kill those unlucky enough to meet it, though they are said to be escaped scientific experiments or the spirits of road crash victims.
  • Kokkuri is a Japanese version of a ouija board, which became popular during the Meiji era. Rather than using a pre-bought board with letters and a Planchette, 'players’ write down hiragana characters and place their fingers on a coin, before asking 'Kokkuri-san’ a question. This is a popular game in highschools and, similar to the western ouija board, several rumours and legends surround it. Some include Kokkuri-san only telling players the date of their death, while others say you can ask Kokkuri-san anything but you must finish the game correctly, either by saying goodbye to Kokkuri-san before leaving the table, or disposing of the kokkuri game utensils within a certain time limit, such as spending the coin or using the pen which wrote the hiragana. Failure to do so will result in misfortune or death for the players.
  • The Teke Teke is the ghost of a young woman who fell on a rail way line and was cut in half by the oncoming train. Now a vengeful spirit, she carries a scythe and travels on either her hand or elbows, her dragging upper torso making a scratching or teke teke sound. If she encounters anyone at night and the victim is not fast enough, she will slice them in half at the torso to mimic her own disfigurement and they will sometimes become Teke Teke’s themselves. Versions of the legend include a young school boy walking home at night and spotting a beautiful young girl standing by a windowsill resting on her elbows. When she notices him, she jumps out of the window and onto the pavement in front of him, revealing herself to be no more than upper torso; she then cuts the boy in two.
  • Toire no Hanako-san is a famous legend associated with Japanese elementary schools. The story tells of an omnipresent ghost who is thought to be the spirit of a student who committed suicide due to excessive bullying or “ijime”. However the entity is also known to just appear for no apparent reason. Hanako-san is a popular legend in elementary schools in Japan, and supposedly haunts the third stall of the girl’s bathroom. Characterized by a pair of stark gleaming eyes, the spirit scares any person who sets eyes on it. Not known to be malevolent or vicious in any way, Hanako-san is simply an eerie entity that only serves to severely scare its victims.
Japanese Urban Legends
  • In the Aokigahara forest (Sea of Trees) at the bottom of Mount Fuji, compass needles don’t point north.
  • There is a part-time job at hospitals washing dead bodies.
  • In “education with breathing space” (yutori kyouiku) children learn Pi equals 3.
  • If you take a photo of three people, the one in the middle will die prematurely.
  • If you get taken in for questioning by the police you will get served pork cutlets on rice (katsu don).
  • In the pond at a particular park, two lovers rode a boat and split up.
  • Hiccup 100 times in a row and you’ll drop dead.
  • To repay a loan, one has to go off on a tuna boat.
  • An electrical maker was sued when someone dried their cat in the microwave.
  • You will die if your skin cannot breath.
  • People haven’t really gone to the moon.
  • Encountering a woman with a torn mouth.
  • If you make a mirror at exactly midnight, you can see your face after death in it.
  • At Kokkai-Gijidomae (Japanese parliament building) underground station, there is a nuclear shelter.
  • If you go to sleep with a fan running you will die (fan death).
  • Encountering a dog with a human face.
  • The nursery rhyme “Hana Ichimonme” is a song about slavery.
  • During an advert break of a certain children’s program a problem child was yanked off the set and replaced by a teddy bear.
  • “Kagome Kagome” is a song about a murder.


  • On a particular motorway, in the middle of the night a headless biker can be seen.
  • Freezing CDs will improve the sound quality.
  • Eat a cockroach and it will breed within your stomach.
  • Lemmings run off cliffs if their population gets too large.
  • Electrical items break soon after the guarantee expires.

Time for spooky Japanese Urban Legends! Σ(゚д゚lll)

“Teke Teke”

The legend goes like this. There was once a high school girl whose body got brutally cut in half when she accidentally fell down a railway and got ran over by a train. Now an onryō (vengeful ghost), she haunts train stations, railways and highschools carrying a scythe, cutting her victims in half across the torso, just like how her body looks like. She is known to be very fast, moving creepily using her arms, which also makes the “teke teke” noise, hence her name.

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“As I came to the bathroom one day, I fell on the tile floor really hard and scraped my knee. It’s weird because there is nothing to trip on.”

- ( via Interview) Real Life Scary Stories 

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Hi everyone! It’s Japanese spooky urban legends time! (⊙ヮ⊙)

๑ Kuchisake-onna (The Slit-Mouthed Woman) ๑

“She is a woman who is mutilated by a jealous husband and returns as a malicious spirit.

According to the legend, children walking alone at night may encounter a woman wearing a surgical mask, which is not an unusual sight in Japan as people wear them to protect others from their colds or sickness. The woman will stop the child and ask, "Am I pretty?” If the child answers no, the child is killed with a pair of scissors which the woman carries. If the child answers yes, the woman pulls away the mask, revealing that her mouth is slit from ear to ear, and asks “How about now?” If the child answers no, he/she will be cut in half. If the child answers yes, then she will slit his/her mouth like hers. It is impossible to run away from her, as she will simply reappear in front of the victim.“

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuchisake-onna

Local Legends: Hanako-san

A popular ghost story amongst Japanese school children, Hanako-san is said to be the ghost of a young girl who committed suicide due to bullying.

According to the most common version of the legend, if you go to the 3rd stall in the bathroom on the 3rd floor and knock three times and say “Are you there, Hanako-san?”, Hanako-san will answer “I’m here” and then appear.

It’s now become a common rite of passage in Japan to dare fellow classmates to summon Hanako-san, very similar to how many Americans grew up attempting to summon “Bloody Mary” at childhood sleepovers.

I wonder how many kids have actually been brave enough to summon Hanako-san…

Hanako-san has been the subject of at least 3 Japanese horror movies: Hanako (1995), Shinsei toire no Hanako-san (1998), and Hanako of the Toilet (2013).

Toire no Hanako-san (Hanako-san of the Toilet): Toire no Hanako-san is a famous legend associated with Japanese elementary schools. The story tells of an omnipresent ghost who is thought to be the spirit of a student who committed suicide due to excessive bullying or “ijime”. However the entity is also known to just appear for no apparent reason. Hanako-san is found in most elementary schools in Japan, but specifically in the fourth stall of the girl’s bathroom. Characterized by a pair of stark gleaming eyes, the spirit scares any person who sets eyes on it. Not known to be malevolent or vicious in any way, Hanako-san is simply an eerie entity that only serves to severely scare its victims.

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Tomino is a japanese urban legend about a poem that kills anyone who recites it out loud.

In this world there are things that you should never say out loud, and the Japanese poem “Tomino’s Hell” is one of them. According to the legend, if you read this poem out loud, disaster will strike. At best, you will feel very ill or injure yourself. At worst, you could die.

This is a rough English translation:

Tomino’s Hell

The older sister vomits blood, the younger sister spits fire.
Cute Tomino spits treasured jewels.
Tomino died alone and fell into hell.
Hell, darkness, with no flowers.
Is it Tomino’s older sister that whips?
The number of red welts is worrisome.
Whipping and beating and pounding,
The path to eternal hell is only one way.
Beg for guidance into the darkness of hell,
From the golden sheep, from the nightingale.
How much is left in the leather bag,
Prepare for the endless journey into hell.
Spring comes and into the woods and valleys,
Seven turns in the dark valley of hell.
In the cage is a nightingale, in the cart a sheep,
In the eyes of cute Tomino are tears.
Cry, nightingale, for the woods and the rain
Voicing your love for your sister.
The echo of your cry howls through hell,
and a blood-red flower blooms.
Through the seven mountains and valleys of hell,
Cute Tomino travels alone.
To welcome you to hell,
The glimmering spikes of the needled mountain
Stick fresh punctures in the flesh,
As a sign to cute Tomino.

One person said: “I once read Tomino’s Hell on the air for an online radio show called Radio Urban Legends. At first everything was normal, but gradually my body, it became difficult to read. I read half of it and then broke down and threw it away. Two days later I got injured and I was left with seven stitches. I do not want to think that this was because of the poem.”

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Finally done the next video! Sorry for the wait. This time featuring creepsmcpasta

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Happy Halloween! I decided to go as Kuchisake Onna, or Slit-Mouth Woman, this year. 

The young women who stares from the apartment window

On his way back home a man always saw the figure of a woman looking up at the night sky from the window. The man, who was intrigued, with a grim determination decided to pay her a visit, but as soon as he openned the door, there was a figure of a hanged young woman there. It seemed like she hanged herself near the window as if looking up at the night sky.

Folklore Fridays #7: The Tale of Teke Teke

Sorry there wasn’t a Folklore Friday last week.  How about I make it up to you with a Japanese urban legend?  

Tek!  Tek!  Tek!  Tek!
There is was again.  
It could be anything, he thought to himself.  Like a little animal, or a bird, perhaps.  Yes, a bird, hoping along, minding its own business.  He was lying to himself, of course.  He knew that a bird wasn’t heavy enough to make that kind of scratching sound.  It was a comforting thought, though.
Tek!  Tek!  Tek!  Tek!
A little bird!  he thought, just a little bird!  His conscience screamed at him not to turn around, but instinct told him to catch a glimpse of his pursuer.  He glanced over his shoulder and saw…
nothing.  There was nothing following him, not even a little bird.  This didn’t soothe his nerves, however, as the adrenaline that pricked the back of his neck was not content with knowing there was nothing behind him. Unwelcome images of shadowy figures lurking just around the corners began to flood his mind, and with an involuntary cry at the back of his throat, he quickened his pace to a point where he was almost running.  Turning back around, the cry escaped his mouth.  He was startled by her presence, as he hadn’t expected to see an organic form amongst the buildings.
He sighed and slowed when her realized it was just a little girl, maybe his age.  She was sitting in the open ground-level window of one of the near by buildings.  It must have been the girl who’d been making the tek!  Tek!  Tek! sound by scraping or tapping her nails on the window sill.  How silly his fear seemed now.  Though, still, he could have sworn that the noise was coming from behind him.
As he walked past, the girl smiled at him, holding her elbows with her hands and leaning on the window sill.  She had a pleasant smile, a welcoming smile, a smile that released him of his instinctive adrenaline. He watched as she grabbed the front of the window sill and began to pull herself out.  Perhaps she’s coming to say ‘hello.’  How foolish he seemed, being afraid of this girl.  Putting a smile on his own face, he walked over to greet her, but stopped suddenly.  Something was not right.
As she pulled herself out of the window and dropped to the ground, the boy noticed that she hadn’t landed on her feet, but instead on her hands.  He would’ve gone over to make sure she was alright if it wasn’t for the fact he knew why she hadn’t landed on her feet: she didn’t have any.  She was a torso with arms and a head, and as she dug her long fingers into the soft earth in front of her, dragging herself along, the tattered edges of moist organs trailed behind her, leaving a damp path of bodily fluids in their wake.  
She was now only a few feet away from the boy.  Every thought in his head screamed for him to run, but he was so captivated by his repulsion towards the girl and her dragging entrails that he was rooted to where he stood.  She was on the pavement now, quickly approaching, faster and faster, and as her nails gripped the pavement, they made the most peculiar sound…

…Tek!  Tek!  Tek!  Tek!




This was the tale of Teke Teke, the ghost of a girl who accidentally fell onto a subway track and was torn in half as the train ran over her.  Now she lurks at dusk, dragging herself along on her hands-for she is missing her lower half-and making a teke teke sound as her nails hit the pavement.  She searches for young children to cut in half and make just like her.  Some say she carries a scythe or a saw to perform her gruesome tasks.  

Perhaps not the most realistic of stories I’ve featured, but it is a tale passed around by children, and the mind of a child tends to interpret the world in a much different way.  A person who was born without legs or the lower part of their body (for such people do exist) might seem unsettling and strange to a child if they do not understand what they are seeing.  So, who knows?  Perhaps it was used to scare children, or, perhaps, this is some distorted retelling of a true event?   

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(I altered some of the details slightly to give it more of a story-like feel.)

The origin of a futakuchi-onna’s second mouth is often linked to how little a woman eats. In many stories, the soon-to-be futakuchi-onna is a wife of a miser and rarely eats. To counteract this, a second mouth mysteriously appears on the back of the woman’s head. While no food passes through her normal lips, the mouth in the back of her head consumes twice what the other one would. In another story, the extra mouth is formed when a stingy woman is accidentally hit in the head by her husband’s axe while he is chopping wood, and the wound never heals. Other stories have the woman as a mother who lets her stepchild die of starvation while keeping her own offspring well fed; presumably, the spirit of the neglected child lodges itself in the stepmother’s body to exact revenge.