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.
Pictured: Rebecca (HidingfromJapaneseGhosts) Image: gwhitewave
“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Squashed amongst factories and rusting sheds, the two-storey home was built mid-century with outdated tell-tale designs of rusted tin exterior, carpet-patched tatami flooring, and a single plastic-tub basin in the kitchen.
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.
Hiding from Japanese Ghosts
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