Japan has been the home of the scariest stories, myths, and urban legends, giving us a good scare.
In recent years, these urban legends have taken on a life of its own on the internet. Through tales, rituals, and poems, here are 5 Japanese internet urban legends.
1. The Red Room
“The Red Room” is a pop up that appears when you are searching about the red room. The pop up will simply say “Do you like…?” Closing the pop up is futile as it will simply keep reappearing, on and on until finally asking “Do you like…the red room?”
Clicking on the link will lead you to a series of messages, before coming to a bottom of a page, where you will find your name listed within the game.
The next day you will be found dead, with the walls of your room painted in your own blood.
2. Innunaki Village
Innunaki village Is a hard one to spot on the maps – It doesn’t appear on them. The village itself is isolated from other villages, and even the whole country. People are unsure whether this village exists or not, but some say it does. The clearest sign that you have entered Innunaki village is a sign saying “The Constitutional Laws of Japan Does Not Apply Here.”
The inhabitants of the village are reported to have committed incest, cannibalism and murder daily. Your electronic devices are useless here, as they will not work. Many people have traveled to the village, but none have returned to say what they saw.
3. No Face
If you encounter a person, you’re familiar with., think twice as the person is not who they are. Because of the familiarity, the two of you will greet each other, surprise that they found each other in such a place. A conversation will be struck and the person will wait for the right moment for the Noperebo or no face to show it’s true colors.
The facial features will disappear, leaving a blank face, where the face should be.
4. Cow’s Head
Cow’s Head or Gozu is a story within the story. The Cow’s Head story is about the cow’s head which is reportedly so horrifying, so frightening that it will prevent the reader from finishing it. If that didn’t kill you, the horror in reading it will. According to accounts, people who listen to the story will tremble for days before dying of fright.
There is an account about a victim of the Cow’s Head story. While on a road trip, a teacher begins to tell a story about the “Cow’s Head”. Yet before he could even finish a setence the children started screaming “Stop!” “Don’t tell us”. The teacher kept reading; his eyes went white as if a force has taken over him. When he regained his senses an hour later, the bus had crashed into the ditch. The students had fainted and were frothing in the mouth. The driver lay slumped motionless, bleeding from the head.
5. Cursed Kleenex Commercial
In 1986, Kleenex aired this commercial on TV stations across Japan. What made people uneasy about the commercial is it’s creepy tone and atmosphere. The song “It’s A Fine Day” played in a creepy rendition.
Many viewers complain of the fire, saying that they found it unnerving, and the song sounded like a German curse, despite the lyrics being in English. According to accounts, the entire crew met their untimely deaths, and the actress involved was admitted to a mental hospital after suffering a nervous and mental breakdown. It is said playing the commercial exactly at midnight, the commercial will change.
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