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  • Japan may be known as the Land of the Rising Sun, but it still has its fair share of horror hiding in the shadows

  • In this video, we'll be exploring some of the most unsettling urban legends and ghost stories that get shared around after sundown

  • Several of these entries are first or second hand accounts, while others are overviews of folkloric creatures and rituals

  • They were all found on the Japanese website 2chan and were translated into English by my fellow youtube Phantasmal Wretched

  • If there are other Japanese legends you'd like me to cover or even legends from a different country

  • Let me know which in the comment section

  • Now without further ado... Ikimasho!

  • This is an allegedly true story that happened to my friend in Japan

  • He told me this story a long time ago, and the exact location escapes my mind,

  • but he relayed this story to me with so much conviction that I can't help but believe he was telling me the truth

  • What I do know is this incident definitely resulted in two deaths, and he himself had to be questioned by police over and over

  • It all happened when my friend and six of his co-workers at his part-time job were driving in the Chugoku region,

  • the westernmost region of Japan's main island, Honshu

  • They were driving out to see a suspension bridge

  • The seven of them were split up into two cars

  • My friend was the driver of the second car and had four passengers with him in

  • In the first car, which was driving ahead of them, were the manager and a couple

  • Although they set off in the morning, due to the many stops they had to make along the way,

  • the sun was already setting by the time they made it to the bridge

  • The suspension bridge ran across a very deep valley in the middle of a mountain

  • As they approached it the sky began to drizzle and fog began swirling around them

  • There was an open space just in front of the bridge

  • If the weather had been good

  • they would have just parked their cars there and crossed the bridge by foot then they would have come back

  • The other side of the bridge was a dead end and the structure had simply been left there for sightseeing purposes

  • The moment the first car reached the open space, however, it came to an abrupt stop

  • Seeing this my friend hit the brakes and the second car came to a screeching halt about ten meters behind the first

  • "What are they doing?" my friend asked his co-workers in the second car

  • They had no clue as to why the manager had stopped...

  • For some time those in the second car just sat there looking on

  • A few minutes passed, and the first car made no attempt to move, so my friend reached for his door handle

  • He was going to hop out and see what was going on

  • Right at the same time, the couple who were in the back seat of the first car suddenly jumped out in unison

  • Something wasn't right about their expressions

  • Alarmed, my friend too got out of his car and tried to walk over to them and ask what had happened...

  • but the couple, with their hands joined,

  • started sprinting

  • and in a flash they climbed over the guardrail at the edge of the open space and threw themselves over the other side

  • down into the valley...

  • The four of them in the second car were completely astounded

  • They all rushed to the guardrail and looked down into the valley below

  • but because of all the fog they couldn't see anything at the bottom

  • None of them could believe what had just happened and they all stood there in a daze

  • Soon they remembered that the manager was still in the car and they rushed to check on him

  • The manager was still sat in the driver's seat, his hands grasping the steering wheel so tightly that his knuckles were white

  • Under his breath he kept muttering the same phrase over and over...

  • "Mustn't go, mustn't go, mustn't go"

  • He wouldn't respond to them. There was nothing else they could do but call the police

  • The authorities soon arrived on the scene and the delirious manager was taken away in an ambulance

  • As you can imagine the couple who jumped over the side of the mountain were later found dead at the bottom

  • the rest of the group had to endure a seemingly endless interrogation by the police

  • In the end, with no evidence of foul play and nothing to go on,

  • the police concluded that the pair had simply decided to end their lives together

  • My friend later paid a visit to the manager at the hospital. Fortunately he seemed to be back to normal

  • He asked him what happened that day at the suspension bridge. Why did he stop the car so suddenly?

  • The manager told him that as they drew near the bridge a girl dressed in an old fashioned kimono

  • appeared out of the fog in front of their vehicle...

  • The startled manager immediately hit the brakes

  • the girl wore her hair short and was dressed like somebody from a historical drama, or maybe even someone from the meiji period

  • Of course this creeped him out and he wondered if maybe she needed help

  • but before he could react he noticed that his car was now surrounded

  • by a whole group of children, all dressed in a similar fashion to the girl...

  • Being a superstitious man, the manager sensed that he was in danger and quickly began chanting a mantra

  • According to him the children who surrounded the car all joined their hands together and started singing

  • "Kagome, Kagome... the bird in the cage"

  • At the same time the manager heard the children's voices in his head saying

  • Come with us!

  • Come with us!

  • The manager gripped the steering wheel and began chanting "mustn't go!"

  • "mustn't go!"

  • Next thing he knew the couple in the back seat behind him flew out of the car joined their hands with the children and

  • together they all started running towards the guardrails

  • "Of course the police didn't believe my story," the manager told my friend

  • "Well, I'm not even sure I believe it myself."

  • "You don't have to believe my managers experience," my friend told me

  • "But one thing's for certain..."

  • "That was indeed how that couple died, and I for one do believe him."

  • An interesting thing to point out is about the song 'Kagome' that the children were allegedly singing

  • Kagome is a children's game in which a group of children hold hands and walk in a circle around another child in the center

  • While doing so they chant the Kagome song

  • Everyone in Japan knows it

  • When the song stops the child in the middle tries to name the person standing directly behind them

  • the song itself has been a subject of much interest due to its mysterious lyrics and ominous tune

  • and several disturbing theories exist about it

  • One theory states that in olden times it wasn't uncommon for poor families to sell their children in order to survive

  • According to the theory they would use the Kagome game as a type of ritual to decide which child should be sold

  • At the end when the players finished singing the line 'who stands behind you now'

  • whichever child stood behind the person at the center would be the one to go

  • Since this was considered the will of the gods nobody could dispute the decision

  • I'm not sure how well-known this one is but it's one that's always tickled my fancy

  • The bath game, sometimes known as daruma-san, is a game that dates back a long way

  • The game itself carries with it huge risk, but also the potential for huge reward

  • According to legend, by conducting a simple ritual you can summon an entity known as daruma-san who will play a game of cat-and-mouse with you

  • The reward for winning is that you'll be blessed with amazing fortune

  • This one's not for the light hearted amongst you though

  • as a lot of bad things can happen to you if you decide to play the game

  • including death

  • Here are the rules:

  • To play, you'll need a bathroom with a bathtub

  • Only one person can play this game at a time, but don't worry... You won't really be playing alone

  • Step 1: wait until night time, just before bed

  • Step 2: fill up your bath with water and turn off all the lights

  • Step 3: take off your clothes and get into the bath. Make sure your body is facing the faucet

  • Step 4: close your eyes and begin to wash your hair

  • Step 5: as you wash your hair repeat the phrase

  • "Daruma san fell down. Daruma san fell down"

  • Make sure to keep repeating this the whole time you wash

  • Under no circumstances should you open your eyes...

  • Step 6: if everything's gone according to plan your head will be filled with the mental image of a woman standing in the bathtub

  • In this mental image she'll slip and fall face-first onto the tap, gouging out her right eye

  • She'll die in the process

  • Step seven: if after this mental image you feel a presence in the water behind you

  • do not turn around or open your eyes

  • Instead, ask aloud "Why did you fall?"

  • Step 8: there'll be no answer to your question. Just let it linger in the air for a moment

  • Then, with your eyes still firmly shut, step out of the bath and dry yourself off

  • This can be dangerous, so be careful not to slip as you get out

  • Step 9: you can now open your eyes

  • Head to your bedroom. It's time for bed

  • Do not turn on the bathroom lights. Do not drain the bath water until morning

  • Do not re-enter the bathroom after you leave and make sure to close the door behind you

  • Step 10: go to sleep

  • The ritual is now complete

  • As soon as you wake up in the morning the game will begin

  • The ghostly figure of daruma-san will follow you all day

  • You can tell who she is by her stained white clothes, her long black hair, and the fact that she's missing her right eye

  • Her left one is open and bloodshot

  • Throughout the day you'll occasionally feel her presence creeping up behind you. When you do, quickly look over your right shoulder

  • When you turn to look you probably won't see her

  • As the day goes on though, she'll get closer and closer

  • Do not let her touch you

  • If you sense that she's getting too close, shout "Tomare!" Meaning "stop!"

  • Shout this while swinging your arm in a chopping motion

  • Then... run. You've just stalled her and bought yourself some time. Put as much distance between you and her as possible

  • Use this Tomare command sparingly though. It'll become less effective with every use, so only say it when you really feel the need to

  • The game will only end when you manage to catch a glimpse of Daruma over your right shoulder

  • When you finally do see her, immediately shout "Kita!" meaning "I cut you loose!"

  • say this while swinging your arm like before

  • If you manage to do that before midnight

  • congratulations, you've won the bath game, and good fortune should be yours... for a time at least

  • Should you fail to spot her by midnight and cut her loose though, then I'm afraid you've lost the bath camera

  • Daruma will never stop following you

  • You can run as much as you like, but she'll always be close behind, and

  • eventually you'll need to sleep, giving her the opportunity to catch you either in person or in your dreams

  • When she catches you, well, that's the end...

  • Don't try to play this game more than once

  • On the second playthrough she'll start at the same distance

  • you caught sight of her last time, and you won't have enough time in the morning to get away

  • My old high school was ancient, around a hundred and twenty years old

  • It had had so many renovations in the past that its layout was a total mess

  • Even though it was a one-story building it had a staircase that led up from one end of the corridor to the ceiling, and inaccessible doors embedded into the walls for reasons lost the time...

  • The oddest of all of these incongruencies though was the watch cabin

  • From the outside it looked like a normal country house

  • Inside was a sleeping area big enough to fit 8 tatami mats, an old-style telephone, and a small kitchen area

  • I never knew why it was known as the watch cabin though, until the night of this incident...

  • My home was far from my school, so I'd sometimes stay overnight at a friend's house who lived more locally

  • One day though, I couldn't find anyone who could let me sleep over at their place

  • So I decided to spend the night in the disused watch cabin

  • Another person (a friend of mine) was going to stay there with me

  • We were in high spirits as we spread our futons on the floor, feeling like we were on a mini school field trip or something

  • We were talking and eating our dinner when,

  • unexpectedly, the old telephone started ringing

  • It made us both jump

  • Nobody was supposed to know we were here

  • I picked up the receiver

  • On the other end of the line was a school janitor

  • He was checking in on us

  • He said he was worried because we were staying at the watch cabin by ourselves

  • How he knew we were staying there was beyond us

  • Whichever janitor it was he must have seen us sneak in or something

  • He told us not to mess around too much and so on, the usual spiel

  • Just as I was about to hang up the phone he says "oh,"

  • "one last thing. Make sure to close the curtains on the west side of the cabin. You got that?"

  • Without thinking too much I said "sure" and hung up the old phone

  • When I thought about his words in more detail, however, they didn't make much sense to me

  • I didn't remember there being anything notable on the west side

  • "What's he talking about?" we asked each other as my friend and I looked out the west side window

  • What we saw there was a sinister looking old well encircled by a hemp rope, like the kind you might see at a shrine

  • Now up until that moment neither of us had ever noticed it because it was hidden away in a secluded spot,

  • wedged in-between the school building and the cabin

  • I felt a shiver run along my spine as soon as I laid eyes on it

  • "I don't know what it is about that well, but it's kind of creepy, isn't it?" I said to my friend

  • She agreed with me

  • We went to bed after rearranging our futon so they were side-by-side,

  • making sure they were closer now than before,

  • both of us feeling a little unsettled

  • I fell asleep quickly

  • I don't know how long I was asleep for but I awoke with chills around my shoulders

  • I looked around and noticed my friend was missing

  • The cabin itself didn't have a toilet, so I assumed she had gone to the teachers boarding house to do her business

  • I waited and waited, but she still hadn't returned

  • I opened the door and looked outside but there was no sign of her. I felt uneasy as I went back inside

  • Without thinking I opened the curtains on the west side of the cabin

  • There,

  • outside, I could see my friend standing in only her underwear beside the old well

  • Her hands were groped around her waist

  • It looked as though she was trying to pee

  • At first I felt a little shocked, but then closed the curtains and tried to go back to sleep

  • Still, I felt that something was off about the way she was moving

  • I stood up opened the curtains again and looked out

  • I almost screamed when I realized what she was actually doing

  • She wasn't groping her waist. She was trying to tie a rope around it. I just watched on in complete disbelief

  • When she had finished tying the rope around her waist

  • she bent down and began tying the other end to a large stone by her feet

  • I became so scared I couldn't utter a single word. Couldn't move!

  • The next thing I saw was a pale white hand come slithering out of the well

  • At first the hand was moving as if it was searching for something, and then stopped as it found the rope on the ground

  • My friend stood there with her head bent down, almost like she was in a trance, still and unresponsive

  • The white hands slowly began to tug on the rope

  • attempting to pull the stone into the well... to drag my friend down into it!

  • I was paralyzed with fear

  • It was then that my ears were filled with a shrill ringing which pierced the silence

  • It was the old telephone

  • Immediately I came to my senses and felt my body become lighter

  • before I knew it I was out of the door and running for the well

  • I grabbed ahold of my zombified friend and dragged her back inside the cabin, shouting her name over and over

  • She soon regained her senses - and began sobbing heavily