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Tuesday, 21 August 2007

An Incident On A Snowy Mountain

A photographer went to a snowy mountain with his assistant, having been commissioned to take pictures for a magazine article.

They stayed at a log cabin, and a few days had passed when the assistant had an accident and injured himself.

At that point their work was still unfinished and they felt they could not go home unless they finished it first. So they decided to stay on the mountain.

However the injury got worse and worse, until the assistant suddenly died from it a couple of days later.

Even so the photographer would not go home. He was very committed to his job and to leave the work unfinished was unimaginable to him. He decided to bury the assistant by the cabin and continued to work on his own.

The following morning when the photographer awoke, the assistant’s dead body was lying beside him.
“I’m sure I buried him…” He was deeply puzzled. He went and buried the body again before going off to take pictures.

But the same thing happened again the following morning, and the morning after that. On his final day he decided to set the camera to automatic mode and place it by his sleeping bag, so he could see what went on during the night. The next morning, the dead body was there beside him as he had expected. He buried it again and then climbed down the mountain.

When he got home he developed the pictures he had taken the previous night.
And there in the pictures he saw someone get up, go out of the cabin, carry the dead body back on the shoulder and lay it down beside his sleeping bag – and that someone was no other than the photographer himself.


  1. Why did he bury back the dead guy? Or is it an imposter?Not exactly scary but this 1 just keeps you guessing.:)

  2. ...Ok I'm confused was he sleep...unburrying-dead-bodies or what?

    That's scary, man!

  4. sweet.

    At first i thought someone else was already buried in that spot and was trying to tell him its "Occupied" or something.

    I really do like these kinds of twists. i never tire of them.

  5. sleep walkinq ? ... is my quess

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  7. ...Maybe he just couldn't sleep without his assistant/companion/lover beside him... and then his subconscious got the better of him and made him dig up his body..


  8. He had a guilty conscience and it got the best of him when he was sleeping. this made him dig up his friend. he knew burying him was wrong. this is my guess.

  9. Hahaha, That guy is awfully calm about everything! Great story/site, Saya!

  10. I'm glad I don't sleep walk!

  11. Great story, that simply tells you how precious your friends are. That teaches you never to let anything stand between two human beings, be it work, duty, or anything else.
    Thanks for lots of translation Saya, you're very good at it, and the Japanese stories are so beautiful.

  12. @Bpy6: Thank you dear. I'm very glad you like these stories! ;)

    Thank you all others for taking time to comment!

  13. This is going to sound crazy, but is that even remotely acceptable in Japan? But I've been reading about it a lot. Can someone just die randomly and everyone around goes "Okay let's bury him." I mean in Canada you have to call the police if you ever see a dead body regardless if it's a family member or friend.

    Hahah a silly question I know.

  14. My guess is that the assistant's spirit itself was possessing him to unbury the body and bring it back because the assistant probably did not appreciate being just buried there like that.

  15. maybe he killed his assistant and he felt guilty, so, while sleepwalking, he unburied his body...?


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