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8 Japanese Urban Legends That Will Totally Freak You Out

Japan is a country full of colors. Be it their sushi, kimono, Nintendo or even the bizarre festival that celebrates the penis.

So of course, amidst loads of anime and manga that we all adore, there are urban legends and spooky stories that can send chills down your spine. 

Make sure you don’t read these alone in the dark.

8 Japanese Urban Legends That Will Totally Freak You Out

8 Japanese Urban Legends That Will Totally Freak You Out

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1. Aka Manto

1. Aka Manto

Imagine yourself sitting on a toilet seat. There is no toilet paper, and you hear a voice… "Do you want a red paper or blue?" What would you pick? We suggest that you run the fuck out of that place if you could because if you choose red, your skin will be ripped out and if you go for blue, all your blood will be drained. That's how the Aka Manto spirit attacks.

2. Hitobashira or "Human Pillars"

2. Hitobashira or "Human Pillars"

The ancient Japanese strongly believed in human power. So much so, that they thought encasing the humans in walls and pillars of buildings would both serve as a sacrifice to God and a means to render stability to the structure. Many buildings including the infamous Matsue castle and the Fukushima Bridge are said to have human skeletons in their foundation and visitors have reported having heard the cries of these trapped spirits around these buildings.

3. Nure Onna

3. Nure Onna

She is seen washing her hair at the edge of rivers or lakes. In some stories, she also carries a child. When someone offers help by holding her child, the child attaches itself to the hands of the person and grows heavier while Nure Onna sucks all the blood from his body.

4. Kunekune

4. Kunekune

If a distant squiggle catches your eye amid the greens of the Japanese countryside, LOOK AWAY! Kunekune is a mysterious apparition that would drive you insane if you directly look at it. Nobody could exactly describe its appearance since everyone who saw it is now insane. They say it wriggles from side to side, and if you look at it directly, you will wriggle the same way for the rest of your days.

5. The slit faced woman. Is she beautiful?

5. The slit faced woman. Is she beautiful?

If you're strolling around late at night, she might jump out from the corner of the street with her face covered. Don't even try running because she can teleport herself wherever you go. She would ask if she is beautiful. If you say no, the next thing you see (and also the last) is a big-ass pair of scissors with which she would chop your head off. If you say no, she would uncover her face and reveal her mouth, that's slit from ear to ear and ask you, "How about now?" A 'no' would get you cut in half, and a 'yes' will slit your mouth like hers… but you might escape if you confuse her with an answer like, "Well, you're okay," or "hmm… you're just normal". Such answers confuse the spirit, and she might try to catch someone else.

6. Inunaki Village

6. Inunaki Village

"The laws of the constitution of Japan don't apply here," reads a board outside. This mysterious and isolated village is hard to spot, even for the locals around. People in Inunaki are told to be living an extremely weird life wherein incest, cannibalism and murder are the day to day activities. Besides, for some reason, phones don't work here. There are old shops with payphones inside the village, but you can't call anyone.

8. Tomino's Hell, the poem of death!

According to the legend, if you read Tomino's Hell aloud, YOU WILL DIE. Once you start reading, you might feel extremely uneasy. And once you are done, you can wait for the end in anxiety. You would notice that the person has used a text software to record it.

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