見世物小屋 (みせものごや ) - a showcase of rare and grotesque oddities
Originating as a form of art theatre before the Edo period (1603 – 1868), 見世物小屋 (freakshows) were a popular act included in travelling performance groups or circuses.
Ancestors are believed to exist among the living during summer - particularly in the week of 'お盆' (Obon).
My friend retells the story of the frightening experience he had with a deceased family member in his grandfather's home.
My friend's grandfather lives in a squat, urban home an hour west of Nagoya city in Aichi prefecture.
Squashed amongst factories and rusting sheds, the two-storey home was built mid-century with outdated tell-tale designs of rusted tin exterior, carpet-patched tatami flooring, and a single plastic-tub basin in the kitchen.
How much truth is there to the urban legend series?
Hiding from Japanese Ghosts is based in Nagoya - the third biggest city of Japan, and the capital city of Aichi Prefecture.
With a heavy focus on working culture, personal image, and a healthy dose of skepticism towards the unexplained, which of Nagoya's urban legends are true or false?
Halloween has become more popular in recent years due to the commercial benefits towards the economy and cultural immersion.
The children in this clip (taken in Nagano, 2016) presented this dance at a local Halloween festival.
Known for gorgeously-decorated sweets and daring meals, Japanese fast food services and cafes are gearing up for Halloween with seasonal menu options.
Here is a quick overview of what's on offer for Halloween 2016.
'Spooky Beasts Keep Haunting Japan's Art' by John L. Tran. Artwork by Mitsunobu Tosa.
Youkai - also commonly spelled yokai (妖怪/ようかい ) - are much-loved or feared aspects of Japanese culture which often re-emerge during the peak of sticky, hot summers. Similar to Western culture's vampires, werewolves, and ghouls, youkai are creatures which often carry a warning. Among the various types, everyday youkai can be sorted into three categories: moral, comical, and horror.
Hiding from Japanese Ghosts
Ghost stories are the least frightening thing about Japan when facing culture clashes, mystery food, language barriers, and - scariest of all - marriage.