Kuchisake-Onna was a beautiful young woman who was very happily married. However, her husband was very jealous and paranoid, and he eventually became convinced that she was having an affair. Reasoning that no one would want to sleep with her if she were no longer beautiful, he slit her mouth from ear to ear with a pair of scissors.
Now, the story goes, her ghost wanders the streets, targeting mainly school children and university students. She’ll approach you, wearing a surgical mask - which isn’t uncommon in Japan, as they are very conscious about communicable diseases - and ask you if she’s beautiful. Then she’ll remove the mask, revealing her gruesome wounds, and ask, “Even like this?”
If you say no, she’ll kill you. If you say yes, she’ll slit your mouth from ear to ear - just like hers.
My final project for color and design this past year was a series of 5 collages based on ghost stories and urban legends. To be honest, this one - which is based on the story of kuchisake-onna (slit-mouthed woman) is the only one I really liked. Highlighter and Sharpie on foamcore.