Fearful Friday: Horrifying Legends of Japan

It’s Fearful Friday, and it’s a day for us to jump-start our already weakened heart for a weekend of crazy partying. This Friday, I’m going to (alright I admit. I’m saving other stories for future posts) share a few horrifying legends of Japan that I read somewhere (read: Internet). Complete with visuals for your entertainment. Enjoy (and be afraid)!




Alleged sightings of Kuchisake-Onna (translated as “Slit-Mouth Woman) started spreading in 1979 in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. It soon spread across Japan and caused panic in many towns. Police stepped up on their patrols, and school children were only allowed to go home in groups escorted by children (come to think about it, what could the teachers do?).

Hold on; let me bring my laptop to somewhere with humans. I’m scared, so what?

Safely seated in the middle of the crowd in a cafe. Back to the story.

Kuchisake-Onna is a woman who was mutilated by her husband, and returns as a spirit. She wears a surgical mask to cover her face, and she walks on the streets like any other person you’ll find in Japan.

In Japan, people walk around wearing surgical masks, which is not unusual, as Japanese are pretty much conscious about spreading their cold or flu. So it’ll not be that easy to recognize her.

If she sees a child, she will stop the child and ask, “Am I pretty?” If the child answers no, the child is killed with a pair of scissors which the woman carries. If the child answers yes, the woman pulls away the mask, revealing that her mouth is slit from ear to ear, and asks “How about now?”



If the child answers no, he/she will be cut in half. If the child answers yes, then she will slit his/her mouth like hers (pretty much the Heath Ledger Joker way. “Do you wanna know how I get these scars?”). It is impossible to run away from her, as she will simply reappear in front of the victim.

It’s just a legend! What’s so creepy about this?

Well, in October 2007, a coroner found some old records from the late 1970s about a woman who was chasing little children. She was then hit by a car, and died shortly after. Her mouth was ripped from ear to ear.

So next time you see someone covering her face with a surgical mask, politely ask her to take it down before commenting, “You are gorgeous!”

#2 Teke Teke


Teke Teke, or Tek-Tek for some, is the ghost of a young woman who fell on a railway line and was cut in half by an oncoming train. Now a spirit seeking for someone to die like her, she carries a scythe or a saw and travels on either her hand or elbows. Her dragging upper torso makes a scratching or ‘teke teke’ sound, thus giving her the name. If she encounters anyone at night and the victim is not fast enough, she will slice him or her in half at the torso, mimicking her own disfigurement.

It’s just a legend! What’s so creepy about this?

In fact, the sight of someone moving with only his or her upper limb with no lower body is creepy enough. Next time if you see someone’s top body, which is normal for a guy looking at a lady, be sure to check if their lower body is intact. You won’t know what is ahead.

#3 Okiku Doll


A doll that has been residing at Mannenji Temple in Hokkaido since 1938, it is supposedly possessed by the spirit of a child named Okiku. It is a 40cm tall figure clad in kimono with black bead eyes and hair that grows. Even though the temple periodically trims the hair of the doll, it reportedly keeps growing back.

It was the love of the young girl Okiku, until the day she died of cold one year after playing with the doll everyday. In memory of Okiku, the family placed the doll on an altar and prayed to it. They decided that Okiku had taken refuge in the doll after they noticed that the hair of the doll was growing. When the family was moving to Sakhalin in 1938, they placed the doll in the care of the temple, and it has since become the final resting place of Okiku.

It’s just a legend! What’s so creepy about this?

Scientific examination of the doll concluded that the hair that is currently growing from the scalp of the doll, is indeed that of a young child. Perhaps you can visit the temple and ask for some hair from Okiku to make yourself a wig with it.

Conclusion: Weekend’s coming, so don’t party till too late. You’ll never know if you’ll see Teke Teke or someone with surgical mask walking by your side on your way home. (I’m not afraid now; I’m in Subway.)

Kuchisake-onna-01This actress actually looks kinda cute


41c1d-originalAndy Lawson is the average man on the street that you’ll not even trouble yourself looking at him if he passes by you. He’s sensitive to bullshit, and he hates mediocrity in most people. He is the author of his self-published book: Facts and Fiction of Fengshui: Facts that Masters are NOT Telling You. He doesn’t have Facebook or Twitter, because he hates to be associated with people who tend to be passive-aggressive online, but he does have a very limited set of vocabularies, terrible grammar, a twisted mind that makes himself God in his own twisted world and an ability to communicate with people who wish to be his friend.



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