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Japanese Urban Legend [Part I]

I am not saying that Japan is not popular for its urban legend. I know, some believe that Japan has its unique culture. I, myself, also admire Japan for its manga and anime. Not to mention, its tasty cuisine which invades my stomach – just ignore, is just too well. You may wonder what kind of urban legend exists in Japan since Japanese’s lovers also love to read or watch Japanese horror story.

Let’s count from 3 to 1.

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#3: The Snake Woman (Nure-Onna)

Hey, do you like and enjoy cool swimming on a hot day? Who knows that you are averse to receiving people’s urine at the swimming pool. Ew. Be careful. This snake woman may appeaer in the water. She has long black hair and weak skin. She is there waiting to drown you.

Do you dare to swim in the local Japanese swimming pool?

 #2: Human Pillars (Hitobashira)

Japan reminds us just how practical they can be by presenting the Hitobashira, or, “Human Pillars”.

Bones and other remains have been found on-site of several different locations, lending at least some possibility that human sacrifice may have been involved in the making of these buildings. Seriously? Yup. One such location is Jomon tunnel, located on the Sekihoku Main Line. In 1968, in the aftermath of an earthquake (or possibly due to pissed off ghosts) a number of skeletons were discovered sealed into the walls of the tunnel, standing upright. No, don’t vomit.

#1: Hanako-san of The Toilet

Don’t blame me if you are afraid of going to the toilet alone by yourself. Because Japan just loves to punish you for basic bodily functions, this urban legend takes place in a washroom: specifically the third stall from the end of any elementary school washroom (in some variations, it’s on the third floor). Unlike the previous urban legends, where the creatures will come at you unprovoked or uninvited, Hanako needs to be summoned. Though the idea of luring a ghostly little girl into an empty bathroom falls further from “scary urban legend” and closer to “that paedophile on the news last week” than we’d like.

In order to call Hanako, you need to do the polite thing and knock three times on her stall door. This is usually accompanied by calling out, “Are you there, Hanako-san?”

If you are greeted with a reply, “Yes, I’m here!”, apart from pissing your pants in terror, you can push open the stall door to reveal Hanako. Said to be a little girl with bobbed black hair and a red skirt, the outcome of your courage (or dumbfounding retardation) differs: Hanako-san will vanish or, for the more shit out of luck (in every sense of the word), you will be pulled into the toilet and killed.

If you knock on her stall and receive a reply, you still have the opportunity to walk away if you do not open the door. If, however, you insist on cornering little girls in toilet stalls, you may have just enough time after seeing Hanako to make a break for the exit and escape. Do you still want to try?





Freelance Writer. 20. English Literature student.

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