Urban Legends in Japan
1. There was a secret ramen shop in Imaike, Nagoya. The shop didn’t have a sign or menu board, but was famous for its giant bowls of cheap ramen.
2. There is a ‘Sailor Jii-san’ who can be spotted wandering around Nagoya Station. He wears a sailor outfit, a miniskirt, and loose socks. Sources say he is a graduate of Aichi University of Education.
3. Riding the Higashiyama Line (Sakae, Nagoya) is seen as bad luck for foreigners due to the fact the ceiling is low, and foreigners often bump their heads.
4. Eating lunch in a school toilet is common for new students who are shy to communicate during lunchtime. It is known as ‘Lunchmate Syndrome’ or ‘Toilet Rice’.
5. An old woman wearing a frayed, purple kimono can be found in certain toilets of elementary schools. If she asks you what your favourite colour is, you must answer ‘purple’ or else risk being attacked. Rumor says she will leave you be if you have something purple on you.
6. ‘Bukimi-chan’ (creepy-chan) is said to be an obese girl who haunts elementary school toilets after drowning in a school pool. She has a violent nature, and will attack on sight.
7. In an unnamed school, a student was focusing on photos in a darkroom when they were locked in accidentally by another student. When the darkroom was opened the next morning, the student was found horribly mutilated with scratches along the ceiling and walls. In the autopsy report, it was revealed the student’s fingernails had been removed sometime before the mutilation occurred.