urban legend

How Many of These Ghosts from Japanese Folklore Do You Know?

You’ve probably come across the term “yokai (妖怪)” in Japanese. These are supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons in Japanese folklore. They encompass several legends from all parts of Japan and all periods of Japanese history. The ancient times were abundant with these kinds of folktales which have been passed from generations to generations. Until now,…

This Horror Anime Uses the Traditional Japanese Storytelling Kamishibai

After a festive Christmas celebration and an optimistic look to the new year, an anime that uses Japan’s traditional way of storytelling makes us feel like it’s Halloween all over again. Yamishibai (闇芝居): Japanese Ghost Stories returns for its fourth season this January 2017. Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, also known as Yami Shibai and Theater…

How Aokigahara Earned Its Nickname, the ”Suicide Forest”

Japan is known as the safest place on earth but did you know that a notoriously common site for suicide can also be found? A dense forest known as Aokigahara is a popular tourist destination due to its large number of icy caverns. It lies at the northwest base of Mt. Fuji and is believed…

The Eerie Legend of Japan’s Mermaid Mummies

A mermaid is one of the most popular legendary aquatic creatures known to have the head of a human and the tail of a fish. In some temples and shrines in Japan, you may be able to see some of these creatures mummified in boxes. They originated from the Edo Period (during the 18th and…

Did You Know There Is a Lake in Japan That Doesn’t Freeze?

Lake Tazawa is known to not freeze in the dead of winter! Famous at this lake is also the golden statue of Tatsuko Hime which was erected in 1968. The lake and statue have been featured in IRIS, which is a South Korean action and spy drama. Read on to find out the story behind…

The 3 Scariest Japanese Urban Legends

The allure of all urban legends is that you never really know for sure whether they are simply tales to scare naughty children into being good or if there really is something more behind them. Right where you are seated reading this article, try to imagine every single story your parents or friends ever told…

Japanese Scary Stories: The Killer Poem

Are You Afraid of the Dark? Every culture has ghost stories and scary urban legends. Scary urban legends and ghost stories can shed a lot of light on the culture of the place and the people where the story is based. This is the seventh and final in a series of articles based on Japanese…

Japanese Scary Stories: Teke Teke

Are You Afraid of the Dark? Every culture has ghost stories and scary urban legends. As I was a child, my brothers and I would sit around the campfire or the fireplace in our house, and tell scary stories. i.ytimg.com/ Scary urban legends and ghost stories can shed a lot of light on the culture…