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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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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

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When you hear “Melon Princess”, you might guess that it’s going to be a cute and sweet tale. (✿。・ω・。)



But you guessed wrong. ( ꒪Д꒪)ノ 

This folktale is so not “cute and sweet” that it even spawned an urban legend. But here’s the story first:

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The Tale of Urikohime, The Melon Princess

むかしむかし, there was an old couple who found a huge melon floating by the river. They took it home and was surprised to find a baby girl inside! (Quite similar to the tale Momotaro~) They named the baby “Urikohime”, which meant “a baby princess born from a melon”.

Urikohime grew up to be a beautiful young lady with a kind heart. Everyone admired her, including the young prince. As Urikohime and the prince became friends, she always advised him about how to be a good friend to the citizens, and he always told her stories about his travels and adventures. Eventually, they fell in love with each other, and soon the prince proposed to her for marriage.

The whole kingdom prepared for the celebrations. However, before the day of the wedding, Urikohime went missing! The prince, and even the townspeople looked for her, but did not find her.

What they didn’t know was that she was kidnapped by the Amanojaku, a demon. This demon has the power to bring out the evil in people’s heart so they will perpetrate evil deeds.

The Amanojaku, knowing that Urikohime can influence the prince (the soon-to-be king), kidnapped her to control her and turn her evil, which will soon lead to the demon stealthily controlling the whole kingdom.

However, the demon’s attempts to control Urikohime were in vain, as she revealed to him that she was not exactly a normal human, because she was born from a melon. 

The amanojaku was enraged with this, and upon realizing his failure, grabbed Urikohime and killed her, and then skinned her! 
(((( ;°Д°)))) 

The demon then wore Urikohime’s flayed skin and clothes, then returned to the kingdom pretending to be her. The prince was relieved to see her again, but noticed that she was quite different. She was rude to the servants and told the prince false accusations against the people. However, the wedding was on again, and was to be held on the next day. The amanojaku finally felt assured of its victory.

That night, back in the demon’s lair, a small bird rose from Urikohime’s corpse. It was her soul. It flew to the kingdom, straight into the prince’s quarters. The small bird whispered to the prince in his sleep, and in his dream, Urikohime appeared to him and told him about what the amanojaku did to her and what it was planning for the kingdom.

The prince woke up furious, and confronted the fake Urikohime who was sleeping in the next room. He asked her about things that only he and the real Urikohime knew. The amanojaku could not answer any of the questions, and when it got pressured enough, it revealed its true form by ripping Urikohime’s skin apart and coming out of it. ∑(;°Д°)

The prince, shocked and enraged, took out his sword and attacked the demon violently, with hot and angry tears pouring out of his eyes. The amanojaku tried to control the prince, but failed because the prince has already brought out his violent side out of anger! Since the demon was not that strong physically (only resorting to controlling other people to do its evil deeds), it was easily killed by the angry prince.

The prince then picked up Urikohime’s clothes, hugged them, and cried. Suddenly, he heard a chirping bird, and looked towards the window. There sat a small and beautiful bird. It flew towards him, around his head and lingered near the side of his face and snuggled his cheek lightly. Then finally, it flew out of the window and into the sky.

The end. 

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The Urban Legend:

It is said that when you look into an old mirror at midnight, and say “Urikohime” three times, it’s either you will be visited by Urikohime’s skinless ghost, or your head will fall off. (・□・;)It is said that this is because Urikohime’s body was never recovered and was not given a proper burial, and her “good soul” reincarnated as a bird, leaving her “evil soul” behind on earth, hungry for revenge.

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A shirime is a non-violent Japanese ghost, who is recognizable due to its lack of a face, and an eye in an unusual place. The name literally translates to “Butt Eye”, and was first encountered by a samurai travelling to Kyoto. The spirit stepped in the samurai’s path, and asked for a moment of his time, removing his clothing to reveal his glowing eye, which caused the samurai to run away from the mischievous spirit.

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's Hell Poem

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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