Urban Legends in Japan
2. A rumour exists that train companies will announce, 'Someone has stepped over the safety yellow line, therefore the train has temporarily stopped--' when an unsavory incidence occurs (a case of sexual harassment - 'chikan' - has been sighted). Because overstepping the safety yellow line happens often but the announcement only occurs in combination of another incident, people have speculated that train companies are trying to save their reputation instead of admitting troublesome people use their train line.
3. The megamouth shark is said to be an indicator of a huge earthquake. In Shizuoka Prefecture, sightings of megamouth sharks are extremely rare due to their natural habitat far below sea level. Once seen, a devastating earthquake follows.
4. There is speculation over the existence of blue LED lights in train stations, saying the colour calms stress and negative thoughts - preventing people from jumping onto the train tracks.
5. There are rumours Japan's pedestrian-only signs have a history of kidnapping. The person who was hired to design the sign drew inspiration from photographs taken of everyday pedestrians. Believing to have found the perfect photograph of a man holding a young girl's hand, the designer copied the pose and characteristics to use for Japan's roadside pedestrian sign. Some time after the design was given approval, the designer discovered a news report of a mysterious man who had been kidnapping young children around the same time he was taking photographs as inspiration. The description of the mysterious man matched with the man in his photograph. In addition, people say the girl on the sign seems oddly posed - as if trying pull away from the man in retreat.
6. There are bravery quests to find the missing Sugisawa village in Aomori Prefecture. The village is believed to have been removed from maps after a lone resident brutally murdered the rest of the villagers. It is said there are no shrines or significant religious places nearby, making it a cursed area.
7. In Saitama Prefecture there is an abandoned home called 'Arai's Home' where a father is believed to have murdered his family before committing suicide. People have claimed that taking an item from the property results in a mysterious phone message - 'Return it, please'.