Thank you so much everyone for your lovely comments! Lots of love!

Saturday, 29 September 2007

On a Rainy Day

(Translated from Japanese by Saya)

I was standing by a crossroads waiting for the light to turn green. On the opposite side I saw a man standing just like myself, but his whole body was enveloped by some shadowy black mist. No one else around him seemed to notice it. "God, that looks real bad," I thought, and hiding my face behind the umbrella I innocently tried to walk past him, when he glided towards me and whispered, "You saw it, didn't you?" as we passed each other. I was terrified. Really.

Friday, 28 September 2007

A Stairway Of Death (link fixed)

Not really scary, just spooky.

Spoiler below:

A Girl Ghost

(Updated 2013)
It is rumoured that many people, after seeeing this picture, became mentally ill.

CLICK "Read More" below to see the picture.

In the Underground

One summer night I was working late in the office with my colleague. Suddenly my colleague said, "I can you hear some strange noise, can you?" "Really? I don't hear anything," I replied. "No, I can definitely hear something, " he said. "It's like a woman sobbing..."
I stopped typing and strained my ears to listen. I still couldn't hear anything except a distant rumble in the sky.... It was thunder. Thunder was something to be afraid of. If we had a blackout all the data we have put in so far would be lost, and in the worst case scenario our motherboard could get damaged as well. We were nowhere near the end of our assignment but we decided to quit there and then and go home.

My colleague was reluctant to go home alone but we were going different directions so there was nothing I could do. We said goodbye in front of the company's building and I took Meijo line from Sakae station (*). Today's work was, as usual, demanding.. As I sighed, I heard the patter of raindrops. "Damn! It's raining. I haven't got an umbrella with me." I clicked my tongue and tried to think which convenience store was the closest to Hibino station where I was getting off at.

The train came to Kaneyama. At night all trains on the line went to Aratamabashi so I had to get off there to change. I stepped onto the platform. Then it suddenly hit me. Rain? In the underground?


* All stations mentioned here appear to be of Nagoya, one of the largest and most prosperous cities in Japan.

Boiled Sweets

I used to have a little brother.
The only memory I have about him is when I shared with him the boiled sweets I was given for tea.
Even so my brother, who was only one month old when he died, still lives on in our heart.

(You don't know why this story is scary? Think!)

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

A Case That Chilled A Psychiatrist To The Bone

I am a psychiatrist and the other day I encountered a case which sent a chill down my spine. Sometime ago a new family moved in my neighbourhood: a couple in their sixties and their son, who was about 30 years-old. The son was a so-called hikikomori(*) and was seldom seen outside his home. Naturally I couldn't ask the family directly but it was obvious that they had moved to the new place to escape from the social stigma.

Days had passed and the son went out less and less until he would not leave the house at all. He was now a complete hikikomori. Every night the mother was heard screaming at him in his bedroom. When I sometimes chanced to meet the mother she greeted me with a smile but she always looked pale and haggard.

A half year had passed since I last caught a glimpse of the son when his father came to me and said, "could I ask you to visit us tomorrow?" I had never been involved with them personally or as a doctor but since we were neighbours and neighbours were supposed to help each other, I agreed to come.

The next day when I visited them both father and mother welcomed me at the door. "Please, come this way," the mother said as she led the way to her son's room. When we came to the front of the room the mother suddenly shouted, "I'm going to open the door!" As soon as she burst in she shrieked, "why are you still sleeping? Get up!" She tore the duvet off the bed. I saw what was lying there and was struck dumb with disbelief. There was only one faceless, unclothed mannequin lying on the bed. Then the father told me, "the person I want you to see is my wife, who can not bear to accept the reality."


*hikikomori - lit. "pulling away, being confined", i.e. "acute social withdrawal") is a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive individuals who have chosen to withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement due to various personal and social factors in their lives. (Wikipedia)

The Wardrobe

This happened to me when I was still at primary school.
I was babysitting my little brother while our parents were out. We were bored so we decided to play hide-and-seek.

I became "it" and started looking for my brother. I entered my parent's bedroom and opened a wardrobe which was crammed full of clothes. I then thrust my hand into it when immediately another hand reached out from inside and gripped mine.

I tried to pull him out shouting, " Hey, come out!" But he wouldn't come out no matter how hard I pulled. He was hiding behind all the clothes and didn't speak a word either, and I started wondering what was wrong with him.

Just then a voice called out to me from behind: "what are you doing there?" It was my little brother standing in the doorway. I panicked and shook myself free of the grip and we rushed out of the house together.

Needless to say, I couldn't go inside again until my parents came home. What was that hand? Did it belong to a burglar, or......?

A "Good" Ghost

A couple are enjoying a drive through a mountain. Suddenly they notice a child standing ahead of them. The man slams on the brakes and manages to stop the car. He gets out of the car to check but the child has disappeared into thin air. Then he notices that they are on the edge of the precipice and had the man not put on the brakes they would have been dead. The woman says, "I know now! The child was trying to warn us of the danger. It was a good ghost."

But immediately after she said it they heard a child's voice from behind; "you should have died...."

Children On The Bus

It was past ten in the evening. I thought I was the only passenger on the bus, but I heard children's voices from behind.

The children were apparently talking about a ghost story.

Child A: ".... and if you turn around, the ghost will snatch you away and carry you to the afterworld!"

I recognized the voice. I often saw these children on the same bus after work. They went to a nearby school.

Child B: "Then that's easy. All you have to do is make sure you don't turn around."

Child A: "Yes, but I heard you can't help but turn around. The ghost would try all sorts of tricks on you to get you turn around."

We were getting close to the bus stop where these two usually got off.
But it looked like they didn't notice it.
I thought I should warn them because I didn't want them to go home late.
So I turned around and said, "you are getting off here aren't you?"

Child A: "See, I told you so."

Sunday, 23 September 2007

My Neighbour

*"I" = NOT Saya

I went outside to put rubbish out this morning.
At the front door I met my neighbour who said "good morning," to me.
I told her "good morning," too.
It was only when I had gone back inside that I remembered that my neighbour had committed suicide a week ago.

Saturday, 22 September 2007

The Red Crayon

*"I" = NOT Saya

This is a story I heard from my friend, who works in an estate agent.
There was a flat he was in charge of, and one of its rooms always gave him a strange feeling every time he went into it. Something was not quite right about it, but he could not put a finger on what it was.

Then one day he thought he found out the reason; he spotted that the passage next to the room was about one metre shorter than it should be. He went to the end of the corridor and knocked on the wall. And from the sound being made he deduced that there was a small space between the original wall and the one he was knocking on.

He thought that was odd and decided to investigate further. Having first got permission from his boss, he pulled down the wall.

“I would have felt better if I’d found a skeleton or something in there,” my friend told me later about his experience.
In reality what he found inside was a certain word, repeated again and again, written all over the walls.
“Mummy mummy mummy mummy mummy mummy mummy mummy mummy……,”so the word ran endlessly, in red crayon.

In the end they decided to put the wall back into place, leaving the place as it was, without erasing the words. After that he promptly handed over the charge of the property to another colleague.

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Forbbiden Siren 2 Official Website (Overseas Ver.)

Forbidden Siren 2 (a Playstation 2 horror game), overseas official site. You can view the site in English - just select which country you are from at the beginning! (eg. "United Kingdom") Maybe the content is not so different from what was in the Forbbiden Siren 2 flash game (Japanese) I introduced to you a while ago, but this time you will be able to understand what is being said!

For more nigthmares from a ruined island, click the link below:

"Kuchisake-Onna" 口裂け女 or Slit-Mouth Woman

A child walking home from school is approached by a strange woman. The woman asks "am I beautiful?"

Although her mouth is covered with an oversized surgical mask, the woman has attractive eyes and seemingly well-formed nose. So the child replies, "Yes, you are beautiful."

"Even if I look like this?" says the woman, taking off her mask and revealing a ghastly red mouth which is slit from ear to ear. While the child is too stunned to move, the woman takes out a scythe from inside her coat and hacks the child to death.

Kuchisake-Onna is one of the most famous faces in Japanese urban legends. Details of her appearance and background, and her method and instrument of killing differ from region to region. Above story is the most commonly told pattern. Her victims are almost always children.

Ways to avoid getting killed by Kuchisake-Onnna:
■When asked "am I beautiful?" you mustn't give her straight yes or no answers (either way you're done for) but give her ambiguous answers such as "so-so", "normal" or "average." Run away while the woman is busy puzzling over the meaning of the answer.
■Sugar candy is the woman's favourite sweets. Throw it to her and you can get away while she drools over it.
■Chanting the word "Pomade" three times would petrify her and buy time for you to run away.
Why "Pomade"?
The usual explanation for the woman's disfigurement is that it is the result of a plastic surgery gone awry. The surgeon who operated on her was wearing pomade and the odour of it was so strong that it made her sick; for that reason chanting "Pomade" to her would remind her of that traumatic experience; hence her reaction. Instead of chanting the word you can also throw an actual jar of pomade at her, which is a more effective form of defense. Smearing pomade into your hair is thought to have an effect on her too.

Her appearance:
She usually wears a long crimson coat, to camouflage the spatters of blood she gets from her victims. She is thin and pale-skinned, and about 20 years old of age. She always wears a surgical mask, but that is not so unusual in Japan where some people wear such masks to avoid passing their cold onto others.

Other rumours:
■Kuchisake-onnna can run 100m in 3 seconds.
■She is one of three sisters. The other two sisters have split mouths too.
■She likes the number 3. She often appears in places which have "three" in their names.

Sunday, 16 September 2007

A Mirror Ritual

Prepare four panels of mirror and one candle. Place the mirrors in such a way that when viewed from above they form a square with each side measuring 15cm in length and facing East, West, South and North respectively. Turn off the light and between 12:46 am to 1:13 am, that is for 27 minutes, and put the lighted candle inside the square.

Then something very terrifying will appear in the mirrors.

Once there was someone who tried this ritual but seeing the image shocked him so much that it turned him mute; and so what was really reflected in the mirrors still remains unknown. The terror drove him to gouge out both his eyes while he was in hospital. The only words he managed to utter before he died were: “I wish I had never seen it.”

Saturday, 15 September 2007

Gunkan- jima: "Battleship Island"

The so-called "Gunkan-jima" (meaning "battleship island" in English), is a popular name given to Hashima Island located about 15 kilometres off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan. It once had a coal mining facility, and at its peak was the most densely populated place in the world; but now the place is completely deserted.
The island has numerous abandoned concrete buildings surrounded by a high wall which makes it look like a formidable marine fortress. Added to that the whole shape of it resembles the Japanese battleship "Tosa" so much that it has come to be known as the "Battleship Island ". The rumour has it that during the second world war a US marine once hit it with a torpedo mistaking it for a battleship.

It is one of the most well-known ruins of Japan and its unique landscape and atmosphere continue to fascinate and capture the imagination of people today.
Visits to the island is officially prohibited but some people still manage to sneak in there anyway!

Apparently Nagasaki City has started to do restoration work on some parts of the island from this year in order to make a public viewing possible.

See the AMAZING photos of island by following the links below!:

Photographs of Gunkanjima by Saiga Yuji (from Saiga Yuji website)

Gunkanjima Version 3.0 (A really cool Japanese site; cilck photo gallery to view images)
Gunkanjima Photo Gallery
Gunkanjima Odyssey(Click "gallery" for photos, screen savers, movie and wallpaper)
Pictures of Gunkanjima May 2007
Colours: Gunkanjima (from Colours)
Gunkanjima 2004/ 2005 (from KIOKUYA)
Old Photos of Gunkanjima:
Gunkanjima in 1974 (from Saiga Yuji website)
Hashima -Memories (from Hashima) photo album of people who actually lived there.
Find out more about Gunkanjima:
Hashima Island -Wikipedia

Gunkanjima-Forgotten Island (by Juergen Specht) with more photos!

Thoughts on Gunkanjima - View on an Abandoned Island (from Saiga Yuji website)

Free Wallpaper:Gunkanjima Wallpaper

Movie from Youtube:
1. View from Sea

2. Inside Image

The writing on the wall at the end of the video reads:
Years have passed since then!

Hashima has surrendered itself to rampant decay

Ruined - utterly ruined

This island will never come to life again

Sunday, 9 September 2007

A Voice From Upstairs

*As usual, the "I" in this story is not Saya

This is a story from my childhood.

When I was a child I lived in a rented two-floor house.
Both my parents worked so I was often alone when I came home from school.
One early evening when I came home the house was still dark.
I called out, “Mum?” and heard a voice say “Yeeeeees?” from upstairs.
I called her again, and again got the same “Yeeeeees?” reply.

I felt she was calling me and climbed up the stairs.
When I reached the first floor I called her once more and the voice “Yeeeeees?” came from the furthest room.
I felt both uneasy and a strong urge to see my mother and started to walk towards the room.

But just that moment I heard the front door downstairs open and my mother come in, carrying a lot of shopping bags.
‘Shunsuke (my name), are you home?” My mother called in a cheery voice.
Hearing her voice made me feel instantly better and I turned back to go downstairs at once – but not before I had a quick glance towards the room.

While I watched from the top of the stairs, the door to the room slowly opened a crack.
For a brief moment I saw something strange in there.
It was an unnaturally pale face staring at me.

The Tent

*"I" in this story is not Saya!
This is a true story.
We were staying at a campsite inside a permanent tent. Each tent accommodated eight people and there were seven tents in total, lined up in a row.

My tent was the seventh one and it was positioned at the end of the row.

One night I went out of the tent to go to the bathroom.
When I came back and opened the door of the tent, I found no one inside. But I was sure everyone else was fast asleep.
I thought: 'what?', and went out again to make sure I was in the right tent. But the sign on the tent said, “No.8.”

What was I thinking, I’m in No.7! I thought to myself as I went to the one standing next to it.
- Yes, of course I knew that “No.8” didn’t exist but I was so scared that I convinced myself it was just a mistake and went back to sleep.

By the next morning, the eighth tent had disappeared.

Saturday, 8 September 2007

Silent Hill 4 Trailer

Silent Hill 4 "The Room"(Playstation 2) is known to be one of the creepiest games ever produced and this trailer does justice to its reputation.

I want to play this game but I'm not good at action games.

Forbidden Siren 2 - the promotion game "Sleep Walker"

The promotion flash game for the play station 2 game "Forbidden Siren 2" (or just Siren 2 in Japan)

Once a peaceful, prosperous island of Yamijima is now deserted and lies in ruins. Explore the island and have a taste of the dark secret that surrounds the place.

Click HERE to play the game.

Instructions:Use the few items you have at your command (they can be selected via the icons in the right hand corner of the screen) and explore the ruins by interacting with objects. There are only handful of rooms to go, but you will have to do the whole tour a few times to see everything. The game is in Japanese but you don't need to understand the language in order to play it(although it would be better if you do).

I don't think there is an end to this game but if you find one let me know!

HERE is the official Japanese site of Forbidden Siren where you can also watch a promotion movie etc.

To My Regret

There was once a girl who had been diagnosed as having only three more months to live.
When her friends came to visit her in hospital, the girl’s mother, hoping to make the best out of the occasion, got the idea of taking a picture of them together while the girl was still relatively well. So she took a picture with the sick girl in the middle sitting up on the bed and her two friends on either side of her.

Only a week later after the picture was taken the girl’s illness took a turn for the worse and within less than three months she passed away.
The funeral was held and the girl’s mother was just beginning to come to terms with her loss when she remembered about the picture she took in hospital. She went to a shop to have it developed, but when she had the pictures back she couldn't find that particular picture. When she asked the shop owner about it he just said, “I’m sorry… I made a mess of it.” The mother however got suspicious and asked him again what became of the picture. She said it was the last picture of her daughter she took before the girl died and begged him to give it to her. “I really think you shouldn't see it,” said the shop owner. “You just stay calm, ma’am, OK?” He said before cautiously taking out the picture in question.

And there it was, the picture of the three girls - but one thing was different; the body of her daughter (who sat in the middle) looked as though it was mummified.

The mother was very upset but she took the picture home nevertheless, telling the shop owner that she wanted to have it purified by a shaman.
When she was at the shaman’s the mother asked her what implications the sinister picture had; and there again the mother was met with a wall of silence. But as before, the mother would not give up and begged the shaman to tell her the truth. The shaman in the end gave in to the mother's persistent entreaties and opened her mouth. She said;

“To my regret, your daughter has fallen into the hell.”

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

INUGAMI (犬神・Dog-God)

Note:I do not in any way approve of cruelty to animals. PLEASE DO NOT DO IT for real.
Inugami, or literally "dog-god" is a kind of spirit that can possess a human, and is a type of kodoku(1*) The belief in this spirit was still strong until recent years and was widespread particularly in the western part of Japan.

Those who can create and command Inugami is called "Inugami-tsukai" (literally, dog-god user). Inugami-tsukai creates an Inugami by the following method; first, you take a live dog and bury it in the ground up to its neck. Then you put some food in front of the dog but just beyond its reach, so that the dog is able to see the food but is not able to eat it. You then let the dog starve and when it is near to death and its desire for food is at its strongest, the Inugami-tsukai must go behind the dog and cut off its head. The dog's head is then buried undeground in the middle of a cross-road; this is to get as many people walk over it as possible in order to intensify its grudge. Finally the head is dug up and enshrined. Now a powerful inugami is born (2*).

Inugami can be commanded to possess a person. Those who are easily possessed by Inugami are the ones who are emotionally unstable. The possessed may act and say odd things, complain of pains in the chest and limbs, and sometimes walk on all fours and even bark like a dog.

In order to exorcise an Inugami you need either eat a charred beast, or ask a Yamabushi (3*)to perform a special ritual (involving use of fire and incantation) for you.

The size of Inugami is about the same as a large rat. Some say it is covered with spots and is blind. It is usually invisible to ordinary humans.

Inugami-suji "The Dog-God Bloodline"

The family which is possessed by an inugami is described as "Inugami-suji", meaning "dog-god bloodline." They are said to be the descendants of the shamans and sorcerers who originally created Inugami.

If the family worships it the Inugami bestows prosperity on it; on the other hand if the spirit is treated poorly it will bring calamity to the house.

In Inugami-suji household, a new Inugami is created every time a girl is born. When the girl marries, she is said to take her Inugami with her, thus making the new household an Inugami-suji too. For this reason normally marrying to an Inugami-suji was the thing to be avoided by common people. In few areas of Japan, some people still check the bloodline of the bride before marriage to make sure that she is not from an Inugami-suji.

1*Kodoku - a black magic that uses living animals; will be explained more in detail on this blog in the near future.
2*This is the most well-known method. A source says when the dog's head is cut off it should fly and bite the food in front of it.
3* Yamabushi - lieterally meaning "one who lies in the mountain" Yamabushi is a Japanese ascetic and is a practitioner of shugendo, a syncretic religion mixing Buddhist and Shinto elements. (wikipedia).
*The picture shows Inugami ( from wikipedia japan)

A Presence In The Dark

A cool horror flash. Switch off all lights before watching it, it will be more fun that way.

A Picture That Makes You Want To Commit Suicide (Link Updated 2013)

A cursed picture? Looks pretty creepy anyway.

Click on the link below:A picture that makes you want to commit suicide


Don't watch this flash if you have a heart condition.
I personally found it rather funny.

Click on the lick below:

You Are Next

A family of four was staying at a country inn. Late one night the mother found her daughter murdered in a toilet. Her face had been knifed so many times it was almost unrecognizable; and her tongue was missing.

The toilet cubicle had one latticed window measuring 30cm wide and 10cm high and also a small ventilator, but these were too small for anyone to get in from outside. The door was locked.
Who killed the girl, and how? The police proceeded to question the couple who ran the inn and their only son, and any suspicious persons seen around the area, but what with the perplexing problem of the locked cubicle, it was thought that the case would remain forever unsolved.

Then the son of the inn owners one day turned up at the police station accompanied by his parents. The parents said; “We couldn't talk to you frankly before because we were worried about the neighbours’ prying eyes… But something dreadful has happened and we would like to tell you.”
The parents continued: “Our son likes filming people secretly although we have always reprimanded him for the distasteful hobby. It turned out that he was there at the time of the murder. He was filming the toilet cubicle from the space above the ceiling when the small window opened and something entered, holding a.…well, I think you’d better see the rest for yourself.”
The son, when questioned about the video tape, suddenly lost control of his mind, apparently through reliving the horrifying experience of that night.
Did the tape contain something so terrible that it would drive a man to madness? The sight of the deranged man deeply affected the police officers and they dreaded watching the video even as one of them pressed the play button.

The tape began with the girl squatting over the Japanese-style toilet(*). When she finished and stood up, suddenly a tiny figure – appearing as an old woman measuring about 15 to 20cm – jumped in noiselessly from the window, bearing a glass shard in her hand. Before the girl had time to scream, her throat was slit, followed by vicious attacks on her face and then her entire body. When the girl expired, the old woman cut out the tongue and a section of the scalp from the dead body, and looking up at the ceiling, she uttered; “You are next.” After that the old woman disappeared through the window which she came from - carrying away both the bloody tongue and the scalp with her.
Many police officers who watched this threw up, cried or loosened their bladder on the spot out of sheer terror. The case in the end was not solved, but it is said the police station still retains the video tape.
* Unlike the western-style toilet, the traditional Japanese toilet has its opening on the floor, over which you squat down.

Different From The Dream

A girl dreamt she was being chased by a stranger. The girl ran and ran, shouting for help, but soon she was caught and knifed to death. She woke up screaming.

One day she was strolling in a park, when she spotted a man walking towards her. To her shock, he looked exactly like the man who murdered her in her dream. She panicked and ran straight to a nearby telephone box to call her friend, thinking she could get help. The man, while she was still on the phone, walked right past her. The girl, relieved, got out of the telephone box and started walking again. But she was astonished to find that once again the same man was coming towards her. Her heart was beating hard and her hands turned clammy with cold sweat. She was aware that this time she had nowhere to hide. She looked down and tried to walk quickly past him. And then, just as they passed each other, the girl heard the man mutter under his breath; “Why the hell is it different from the dream?”

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Will be posting tomorrow!

I've been, like, dead for the past few days.
But I have finally managed to come out of the "zombie state" (the condition I suffer from time to time) and finished translating two stories. I always prefer to recheck my writings on the following day so I'm actually posting these stories tomorrow.

The thing that has been bugging me is - I really don't know what you guys find scary. Normally it seems what I find scary don't scare other people, and what other people find scary I find funny.

So I decided I will just translate ALL the scary stories I come across regardless of whether I personally find it scary or not, so as to tailor to all tastes and all ages (family friendly?) Look forward to reading them!