Nestled within Nagoya's north-eastern suburbs, Owariasahi is home to the notoriously haunted Omichihara Pond.
According to a local legend, a woman commit suicide by drowning in the pond roughly thirty years ago. Since then, nightly visitors have reported sighting a figure within the dark depths of the pond, and being stalked by a seemingly dishevelled woman. It is believed directly sighting or coming into the contact with the woman will earn a wet hand print on the shoulder.
Similar accounts of a woman and child haunting a phone box within the vicinity have also become popular legends, as well as a woman who wanders the road following alongside the pond. It is said that when the woman ghost is nearby, it becomes increasingly difficult to walk as if being dragged backward.
It has been speculated the multiple sightings may be of the same ghost.
Although described as one of Aichi's most haunted locations, there is little evidence available to the public in regards to a suicide incident within the area. The pedestrian path between the road and the pond (which has been subject to multiple stalking incidents and sightings of the female ghost) has unbalanced terrain - requiring additional effort to walk despite being seemingly flat. In conjunction with the smell of stagnant water and rotting algae, a nightly visitor may mistake a reaction to these elements as an ominous presence.
Despite being an area rich in history of war and execution, Owariasahi is a relatively new addition to the Nagoya surrounds - having been developed in 1970. Forest Park, the surrounding location of Omichihara Pond, also has two other ponds which have not been subject to local legends.
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