Image: Toshiyuki Shirai
Kidnap and murder of 29-year-old Shizuoka nurse leads to two arrests; one suspect remains at large.
16th June - Shizuoka
13th June, 2018, Tokyo
In a case which may provoke changes in laws regarding identifying bodies, a family is in shock after their relative returns home - a year after cremating him.
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Boasting the element of live-action horror, Closed Nightmare (Nippon Ichi Software) is a battle for survival within a mysterious, twisted experiment.
The live-action horror feature includes footage with actors and actresses; similar to the 'Grudge' online flash game (SonyPictures).
Boasting a colourful ramen dish of salty broth, Kipposhi is gaining international attention for its blue tinge.
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Asama Shrine is a pocket of civilisation amongst the serenity of towering trees and natural rock formations. It is a refreshing reminder of life outside of the grey, cement offices of Nagoya.
Old Honsaka Tunnel is known as one of the most haunted locations in Aichi due to the devastating history of kidnapping, corruption, rape, and death.
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“Something is strange. I can feel something very, very strange.”
Our experience of Old Honsaka Tunnel can be accurately summed up in one statement:
Bitterly freezing with a touch of unsettling.
Vivi and I travelled the two-hour journey from Nagoya on a warm day in late December in the promise of finding one of the most spiritual ghost spots of Japan.
Old Honsaka Tunnel was once the connecting route between Shizuoka and Aichi; built after an earthquake damaged much of the Princess Route leading through Hamamatsu and Honsaka Pass.
Kayako Saeki; the villain ghost of the Grudge series.
A fan of Kayako Saeki (呪怨 - the Grudge), the writer of Hiding from Japanese Ghosts celebrated their birthday with custom-made cake-pops designed by Tici's Treats in Nagoya.
Thank you for the creepy treats, Leticia!
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.
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.