Knife Spiralling into Horror and Insanity
Japanese Urban Legends
  • In the Aokigahara forest (Sea of Trees) at the bottom of Mount Fuji, compass needles don’t point north.
  • There is a part-time job at hospitals washing dead bodies.
  • In “education with breathing space” (yutori kyouiku) children learn Pi equals 3.
  • If you take a photo of three people, the one in the middle will die prematurely.
  • If you get taken in for questioning by the police you will get served pork cutlets on rice (katsu don).
  • In the pond at a particular park, two lovers rode a boat and split up.
  • Hiccup 100 times in a row and you’ll drop dead.
  • To repay a loan, one has to go off on a tuna boat.
  • An electrical maker was sued when someone dried their cat in the microwave.
  • You will die if your skin cannot breath.
  • People haven’t really gone to the moon.
  • Encountering a woman with a torn mouth.
  • If you make a mirror at exactly midnight, you can see your face after death in it.
  • At Kokkai-Gijidomae (Japanese parliament building) underground station, there is a nuclear shelter.
  • If you go to sleep with a fan running you will die (fan death).
  • Encountering a dog with a human face.
  • The nursery rhyme “Hana Ichimonme” is a song about slavery.
  • During an advert break of a certain children’s program a problem child was yanked off the set and replaced by a teddy bear.
  • “Kagome Kagome” is a song about a murder.


  • On a particular motorway, in the middle of the night a headless biker can be seen.
  • Freezing CDs will improve the sound quality.
  • Eat a cockroach and it will breed within your stomach.
  • Lemmings run off cliffs if their population gets too large.
  • Electrical items break soon after the guarantee expires.
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