Thursday, April 24, 2014

SCARY JAPANESE URBAN LEGEND



JAPAN IS ONE OF THE MOST WELL KNOWN COUNTRY FOR THEIR CREEPY PLACES AND HORROR LEGENDS . I AM NOT SAYING THAT ALL OF THE STORIES ARE TRUE .. I DONT KNOW WHETHER THE LEGENDS ARE TRUE OR JUST A RUMOR ... THIS STORIES THAT I POST ARE REALLY FAMOUS .. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT YOU MEET THEM , JAPANESE RESIDENTS MEET THEM FACE TO FACE ! LETS TAKE A LOOK !

> CURSED KLEENEX COMMERSIAL <
 

In the 1980s, Kleenex released three Japanese commercials for their tissues, featuring a woman dressed in a white toga-like dress and a young child dressed as a Japanese ogre, sitting on straw. Each advert had the song "It's a Fine Day" by Jane & Barton playing in the background. Many viewers found the advertisement disturbing. Some complaints claimed the music sounded like a German curse, although the lyrics are in English. Because of its unnerving ambiance, several rumours began to circulate about the cast, such as with the crew meeting untimely deaths through accidents and the lead actress Keiko Matsuzaka either dying, being institutionalized or becoming pregnant with a demon child.

> RED ROOM CURSE < 
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. The legend began with a flash animation of a young boy being cursed after encountering the pop-up, but gained notoriety when it was found that the schoolgirl who committed the Sasebo slashing in 2004 had the video as a bookmark.

> AKA MANTO ( RED CAPE ) < 

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 and die.

> GOZU ( COW HEAD ) < 

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. The Cow Head story was rumored to be an unpublished piece from sci-fi writer Sakyo Komatsu, but there is no evidence to link the author to the legend. A Ukrainian folktale called Cow's Head does exist, about a woman who receives good fortune by offering food and shelter to a disembodied cow's head that visits her one night, as well as a 2003 film called Gozu, directed by Takashi Miike, neither of which are linked to the urban legend.

> JINMENKEN ( HUMAN FACED DOG ) < 

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. There is also speculation that witnesses who say they have met a jinmenken have actually come across Japanese macaques, which accounts for the quadrupedal movement, dog-like fur, human face and the human-like noises the jinmenken can supposedly make.

> KOKKURI-SAN ( OUIJA BOARD ) < 

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.

> HANAKO-SAN < 

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.

> KUNEKUNE ( YOKAI ) < 

Kunekune is a modern urban myth concerning an ghostly apparition loitering on widely extended rice- or barley fields at lunchtime, during hot summer days. It is described as a white streak, like a big, slender paper mannequin, or like a white, loose textile streak. It's wiggling the whole time, as if moved by a strong gust of wind, even on windless days. It is claimed that anyone trying to get closer turns loony or dies when touching it. First mention of the Kunekune appeared on several internet websites at the same time, similar to the infamous Slenderman. Most possibly the Kunekune is based on local japanese ghost stories about scarecrows coming to life at night (or when someones stares at them too often). Thus, the (allegedly) encountering on Kunekune seems to be an misinterpretation with a scarecrow wiggling slightly in the wind.

> TEKE TEKE < 

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.

> KUCHISAKE - ONNA ( SLIT MOUTHED
WOMAN ) < 

Children walking alone at night may encounter a woman wearing a surgical mask, this 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 beautiful?'. If they say no, she kills them with a pair of scissors she always carries with her, but most children will answer yes, in which case the woman asks 'How about now?' and removes her mask to reveal her mouth has been slit from ear to ear. Regardless of whether the child answers yes or no at this point, the woman will kill them, if they say no, they are cut in half, and if they say yes, she cuts their mouths to be exactly like hers.To escape the Kuchisake-onna, you can answer her second question with "You're average" or "So-so", and you can escape while she is confused, or you can throw fruit or sweets at her which she will pick up, thus giving the victim a chance to run. One other way is to ask her if you are pretty, she will get confused and leave.

> KASHIMA REIKO < 

Kashima Reiko is the ghost of a woman who lived in the city of Hokkaido, Japan. One night, she was attacked by a group of men. They beat her badly, abused her horribly and then left her for dead.As she was lying by a forest near a railway track, she tried to call for help but nobody heard her. She stood up to find someone to help her. However, the brutal damages her body received caused her to crawl desperately onto a railway track and collapse unconsciously. The train came along and ran her over, killing her and cutting her in two. Her body was severed at the waist.Ever since then, Kashima Reiko’s vengeful ghost has wandered the world, searching for her missing legs. She is mainly encountered in school bathrooms, but also may appear in your bathroom at home in the middle of the night.When you enter the bathroom, she will ask you questions. If you cannot answer her questions correctly, she will tear off your legs.If she asks “Where are my legs?”,The answer, is “On the Meishin Expressway.” She will say “Who told you that?” You should reply, “Kashima Reiko told me that.” Sometimes she asks a trick question, “Do you know my name?” Do not say “Kashima” or she will kill you. The correct answer is “Mask Death Demon”. Ka-Shi-ma stands for Ka = Kamen (Mask), Shi = Shinin (dead person), Ma = Ma (Demon). Just a reminder, it is said that after you hear the story of Kashima Reiko, she will appear to you within a month.

> HIKIKO < 

Ghost is usually return to human world because they still hold a grudge and anger. Same with Hikiko, which inspires the emergence of many ghosts in Japan such as Sadako and the ghosts in the creepy horror movies such as The Ring. Hikiko is portrayed as a long black-haired girl with pale skin and scary looking face. Hikiko was a young girl who had miserable life. She was treated very badly by her parents and friends. She was also continually despised and ridiculed by her classmates, so that one day she committed suicide. Be aware, HIKIKO can be very dangerous as she holds an extreme level of anger toward human race.

> HONE ONNA < 

This creature is described as being a very beautiful woman with a long neck and smooth skin. All parts of her body, except the neck up and both wrists are covered by her kimono. He must hide her body, as her whole body (except her face, neck, and wrist) has no skin and reveals her bones.These ghosts are usually targeting man who walks alone at night. They will tease the man and take him to a quiet place. She then offered the man to take her clothes off, and when the man saw her bones behind her kimono, it's too late. Hone-onna would embrace the man's body and suck his soul and flesh. This creature is slightly similar to Succubus, a monster from western culture who absorb the soul of young men.

> NOH MASK < 

Noh is actually a mask worn in opera performances in Japan. These masks are expensive, and used to be stored in the house of rich people. At first glance, the Noh mask does have a creepy expression, showing the face of a woman, half crying, half smiling.This mask can turn into an evil creature if the owner possesses negative auras such as hatred, anger, and revenge. It would suck the negative auras and this will give him the energy to be a "living thing". In the end, it would persuade the owner to wear the mask. When Noh is worn on someone's face, it will control and suck the energy of the person until his body rot. When the body is completely dead, it will attempt to find another body by killing another people. The most terrible thing, Noh would not just leave its previous body, but it would stick the old body to the new body. A very old and strong Noh appears like a pile of decomposing human body, with a creepy mask on top of the pile. Considering the fact that Noh is very dangerous, it seems very appropriate to call it as the scariest ghost in Japanese culture.

- HAHA .. ARE YOU SCARED RIGHT NOW ? TELL ME , WHAT IS YOUR SCARIEST CHOICE ? FOR ME , KUCHISAKE ONNA WILL BE MY FEAR THE MOST ... - 





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