Himuro Mansion in Japan

Himuro Mansion in Japan

In this article we will be taking a look at the Himuro mansion in Japan. Located on a rocky area within the outskirts of Tokyo, this impressive building hosts many malevolent spirits due to its dark and twisted history…


The Himuro Family

Legend suggests that the Himuro family had a dark responsibility thrown upon them – every half century they were tasked with performing an ancient Shinto ritual.

This ritual centered on raising a woman in secret so that evil forces might eventually enter the world through her limbs (she was effectively torn apart by being strapped to large and powerful oxen).

The final woman that was sacrificed (said to have been in the early 1900’s) managed to strike up a relationship with a local man before her death.

This secret love essentially negated the sacrifice and the heads of the Himuro family became frightened about the demonic force’s response.

Taking a traditional sword, the patriarch murdered his entire family – he felt that this death was a much better option for his family than what the evil forces had in store for them!


Apparitions

Ever since the mass murder of the Himuro family there have been a wide variety of paranormal incidents reported at the location of the house.

The most common of these reports usually involves apparitions of the family members combing the area. These sightings have taken place both in the day and at night.

Apparitions

Witnesses have also reported seeing hand prints made from blood on the mansion walls along with blood splatters…similar to the blood markings left behind by a sword swipe.

Legend has it that the spirits of the mansion have also claimed a few lives over the past century – several bodies have been found with rope marks burnt into their wrists and ankles…


The Twist…

An interesting report from Japan right? But is it true?

The Himuro Mansion is actually best known to gamers who fell in love with the video game Fatal Frame. The creators of this game claim to have based it on the legend of the Himuro Mansion.

The Himuro Mansion is actually best known to gamers

So where is the exact location of this mansion?

Well that seems to divide opinion…but why? Why would the location of such a famous paranormal property be kept under lock and key?

Over the last few years numerous people have come forward online claiming that this story is actually an American urban legend – it has nothing to do with Japan!

There are also those who claim this was a consciously created urban legend – for a viral marketing campaign linked to the game itself!

The urban legend - game screenshot of mansion

Was the presence and the power of the internet the main reason this paranormal report (story) became so popular?

Why do some people still insist that this mansion actually exists and the legend is true?

Is it nothing more than a rather successful attempt at marketing a popular video game?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

The Japanese Suicide Forest

The Japanese Suicide Forest

Japan’s Aokigahara Forest has long been a place of some infamy, both in paranormal circles and without.

Ever since the January release of The Forest, starring Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney, the spotlight has been placed on it yet again.

The Forest

Located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji, just two hours outside of Tokyo, it’s most formally known as Aokigahara Jukai, meaning “Sea of Green Foliage.”

Colloquially, it’s known as “the Japanese Suicide Forest” or simply “the Suicide Forest.”

While officials are reluctant to give out numbers nowadays, the statistics they have released are sobering: over 200 attempts in 2010, 54 of them successful.

As a popular suicide destination, it’s second only to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Spirits

Not all of these victims are discovered, leading to one of the forest’s more macabre lures – wander off the beaten path and it’s entirely plausible that you’ll run into one of the many who walked into the park and never walked out again.

And where so many traumatic deaths occur, the possibility of lingering spirits is inevitably raised as well.

It’s one of those rare locales that seems to smudge the line of skepticism: if ghosts are anywhere, Aokigahara seems the logical place for them.

Very seldom are these stories anything positive. The forest is supposedly a hot bed for yūrei, or angry spirits barred from the afterlife, and attempts to lure the unwary from the safety of the road.

The magnetic iron in the soil can throw off compasses and render cellphones useless, giving rise to the notion that demons lurk in the shadows.

Sure enough, this is the belief that The Forest falls firmly back on. The plot features an American woman who becomes lost in the forest, quickly becoming ensnared in a web of hallucinations, damned souls, and a few jump scares for good measure.

And while there’s no story quite like a good “haunted forest” story, such sensationalism does no favors to those whose paths have crossed through Aokigahara. Not the living and certainly not the dead.

The Suicide Beacon

Exactly how the park came to serve as such a beacon for those looking to end their lives isn’t entirely certain; culprits run the gamut from a 1960’s novel to the ancient practice of abandoning one’s parents.

It may simply be that Aokigahara is a beautiful, spiritual, isolated place.

When lava flowing from the mountain’s 864 AD eruption cooled and set, new plant life found root in the rich material, eventually giving way to the sea of hemlock fir, Japanese cypress, Mongolian oak, and maple trees found there today.

If nothing else, the sunlight filtering through the cool, heavy canopy of those trees makes for a picture that’s positively poetic.

It’s not difficult to see how those who’ve come to believe they have no other options might be drawn towards its deep, dark quiet.

Sometimes they leave notes, scraped into bark or left with their shoes. Sometimes they fasten them to the trees, such as the one that reads “I came here because nothing good ever happened in my life.”

Other times, their stories amount to what they’ve left behind: the empty bottles, the ropes hanging long enough to gather moss, their bones.

Things for rescue parties to stumble across and a certain, bloodthirsty mindset of tourist to hope they stumble across.

The Problem

The grim truth of the matter is that modern day Japan has a significant suicide problem. Depression and heavy societal expectations contribute towards a suicide rate that’s the 17th highest in the world.

In an attempt to curb the rising death toll at Aokigahara, authorities pepper the forest with prominent signs pleading the potentially suicidal to reconsider…

“Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” reads one, taking pains to translate its message into English, French, and German. “Please think about your parents, siblings, and children. Talk about your troubles.”

No matter what Hollywood or the internet may try to claim, Aokigahara is not some place where angry spirits plot aggressively against the living.

It’s not a haunted house or an exotic, spooky locale where one goes to gasp at the wind. It’s not a “demon forest” where the mountain calls the living to die.

It’s a deeply tragic place indicative of a very tragic reality.

The forest – and by extension, any spirits that remain there – are deserving of nothing but the utmost respect.