The Mystery of The Man From Taured

The Mystery of the Man From Taured

This article will be taking a look at the mystery of the man from Taured – is this strange report based on truth…or nothing more than a 1950’s urban legend?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Arrival

The report starts on a scorching hot July day back in 1954 (depending on what source you are reading!).

On this day, a strange man appears at Haneda Airport (Tokyo Airport) – he is described as Caucasian and he sports a beard.

He approached workers at the airport and started to talk to them in French, when they did not understand, he switched his language to Japanese.

The Arrival

He hands over his passport to the service desk and the security airport worker notices something strange – Whilst the passport looked authentic, the country where it was issued, ‘Taured’, was recognized as non-existent.

The man was immediately placed under arrest and taken away to be interrogated.


Where is Taured?

The ‘visitor’ spent many hours trying to convince the Japanese airport security that Taured was a real country – he claimed it was located between France and Spain, and had by then been in existence for 1000 years.

They got hold of a map, and sat the man down in front of it…he immediately pointed to the Principality of Andorra…but he was confused as to why it was not named Taured.

An argument broke out – the man claimed that he was telling the truth, and the authorities claimed that he was up to something shady!


The Disappearance

The airport authorities decided that it was way to dangerous to let this man go – there was something not quite right about him, and he could well be a criminal.

They placed him in a hotel room nearby for the night, and left two guards outside his door.

The Disappearance

The next morning, when the officers went to check in on the man, they were confronted by an empty room.

There were no signs of escape – the male visitor had simply vanished into thin air!

Unfortunately, all of his personal documents had vanished as well – making an investigation into his arrival, near enough impossible!


The Time Traveler

So who was the man from Taured?

Many people believe that he was some kind of time traveler, and a man that possessed the power to switch from dimension to dimension.

Did he know that he was actually traveling into another dimension?

Some argue that he probably didn’t – he ended up in Haneda Airport by complete accident!

Is Andorra known as Taured in his dimension?

Was he a clever time traveler?

How did he manage to vanish without a trace?

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

Is Kuchisake Onna Real?

Is Kuchisake Onna Real?

This article will be examining the Asian legend of The Slit Mouthed Woman, thought to have originated in the late 1970’s.

Is Kuchisake Onna real, and if so – where did she originate from?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Kuchisake Onna Myth

A teenager is walking down the street at nightfall and turns off a main road and into a smaller street. The noise from the city workers driving home soon sounds very distant.

The street he is now walking down seems near enough deserted…except for a young lady approaching him…wearing a surgical mask.

This may seem strange in the western world, but people frequently wear surgical masks in Asia to protect against the high levels of smog.

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The woman continues to walk towards the teenager, at first looking to walk past, but at the last minute, veering to stand directly in front of him.

“Am I beautiful?” the masked woman asks.

She has long dark hair that covers a lot of her face…but her eyes just shine out – she is clearly very beautiful.

The teenager tells her that he thinks she is indeed beautiful…

The strange woman then rips of her surgical mask to reveal a horrific grin, that has been cut across her face from ear to ear.

“How about now?” she asks.

The teenager has heard about the legend of Kuchisake Onna – The Slit Mouthed Woman, in school…and now she stands in front of him.

He turns to run in fear…but suddenly she is in front of him once again, holding a scissors.

The Kuchisake Onna Myth

The teenager is found stumbling around the street minutes later, after being cut from ear to ear, with a permanent smile.

This teenager is actually considered to be lucky – he survives the attack but he must carry the permanent smiling scars for the remainder of his life.


The Kuchisake Onna Sightings

Reports of The Slit Mouthed Woman first surfaced in the late 70’s, leading to the authorities in that part of Japan putting more man-power on the streets.

They were desperate to get a hold on the panic that these reports were creating among the public.

It even got to the point where schools would not allow children to walk home alone – they were forced into groups as soon as they left the school gates.

Teenagers were scared – they devised inventive ways to get away from The Slit Mouthed Woman. The most interesting of these was to answer her question with a question – never give her a definite answer.

The Kuchisake Onna Sightings

There were also a few ‘survivors’ from these incidents – apparently they simply told The Slit Mouthed Woman that they could not stop and talk, they were busy and were late for an engagement!

The stories and sightings died down in Japan, only to surface in South Korea through the 1990’s.

There are numerous ‘urban legends’ floating about on her identity – many believe she was a beautiful woman that was caught having an affair, and her husband cut her, to make sure she would never cheat again.

Another ‘origin’ points to her being the spirit of a woman who used to chase kids and scare them. She was eventually chased by the police and knocked down by a passing car.

The car managed to rip her face in half.

What do you think?

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

The Teke Teke Urban Legend

The Teke Teke Urban Legend

This article will be taking a closer look at the Japanese Teke Teke urban legend that started doing the rounds in 1969 – is there any truth behind this macabre creature?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Teke Teke Story

A teenage boy leaves school late due to the fact he was being held back for extra tuition. It’s a winter month – so the dark is rising already.

He opts to avoid the smog of the main city roads, instead taking a route through the cramped maze of city blocks. All of a sudden…he feels like someone, or something, is watching him.

He starts to quicken his pace, but in his haste, he takes a wrong turning, and ends up in a courtyard with several city block exits.

Tall buildings stretch up to the sky on all sides of him – he notices a light on in one of the windows…and a girl of similar age staring down at him. He decides to walk over to the girl’s window to ask for directions, but as he begins to walk, he hears the sound of a train.

Now he knows he’s lost – his usual route home takes him nowhere near the train line.

As he approaches the girl in the window her face suddenly changes from a caring smile into a horrible curled snarl. She suddenly launches herself from the window…then he realizes she only has half a body!

The Teke Teke Story

She lands on the ground and stands up on her hands, dark hair covering her snarling face. She takes several steps towards him, hand over hand, each step making a curious sound as it slaps the ground – teke…teke…

The boy turns and runs screaming through one of the block exits…but he can hear the sound of her hands following him (teke…teke…teke).

He notices a wire fence in front of him – maybe he can clear it and maybe she won’t be able to follow?

As he reaches the fence he feels a sharp pain in his back…

The body of the young boy is discovered the following morning next to a fence that runs along the train lines. He has been ripped in half…and there is a trail of hand prints leading to and from the body.


The Japanese Teke Teke Legend

The Teke Teke entity is that of a Japanese schoolgirl who committed suicide in 1969. She was a victim of bullying and she took her own life by lying in front of a train…resulting in her being sliced in half.

Her spirit is extremely vengeful, and unable to rest due to the horrible life she led when she was being bullied. She seeks revenge on those who seem similar to the ones who bullied her.

She gets her name from the hideous noise her hands make as she drags her body across the floor…towards you!

Legend suggests that she only hangs around near the location of her death – so it’s best to avoid all train tracks if possible.

Once you have locked eyes with the Teke Teke – there is no escape. Even if you manage to outrun the grotesque creature…it will find you and kill you within three days.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Teke Teke urban legend, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Suicide Drawing

The Suicide Drawing

This article will be covering the suicide drawing that a young woman created, scanned and uploaded, shortly before she killed herself. Now a rather famous internet urban legend – does this picture really contain an overpowering paranormal darkness?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Suicide Picture

The picture is thought to have originally hit the internet sometime in 2004 – all of a sudden it started appearing in various online forums and chatrooms.

People claimed that the picture was originally created by a young Japanese woman before she took her own life (this young woman remains anonymous).

This disturbed young woman was supposed to have put all of her dark feelings, grief and despair into the image, before she uploaded it for the world to see…

The Drawing


Don’t Stare

Legend has it, that if you stare deep into the eyes of the drawing you will experience the emotions she went through during the last few hours of her life. Apparently the eyes will eventually draw you in – no matter what section or feature of the image you are concentrating on.

Once those eyes have captured you…emotions of a deep sadness, darkness and despair will overwhelm your soul.

The image is also thought to be set up so that it changes slightly to mirror the type of mood you are in. Many ‘victims’ claim that the mouth will actually morph into a happy, yet sinister grin, if you stare at the drawing when you are in a good mood.

Others claim that once the feelings of despair are shared with you – the image begins to smile just as you pull away from it…smirking away at you when it realizes you have had enough of the power it contains.

Not really the type of thing I want hanging on one of my walls…

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the suicide drawing please leave them in the comment section below.

Japanese Ghost Ships

Japanese Ghost Ships

Back in 2015, eleven wooden boats washed up on the coast of northern Japan over a eight week period. This article takes a look at the so-called Japanese ghost ships and the possible reasons behind their unfortunate end…


The Discovery

This report was first released online back in December of 2015, when Coast Guard officials admitted that they were left scratching their heads over the strange discovery.

Eleven boats were, filled with decomposing corpses, were found found floating in Japanese waters over a two month period.

The Discovery

In all, remains of twenty five individuals were found aboard the eleven sea vessels that popped up on the coast of northern Japan.


The Theories Behind The Japanese Ghost Ships

A handful of the sea-battered vessels bore Korean characters – were these vessels fishing transport that was unable to return to their ports in North Korea?

Authorities also think that the people on board could of been defectors from the closed off country – trying their best to escape the twisted regime and make a new life for themselves elsewhere (somewhere safer!).

An alternative theory points to the fact that the boat’s engines could have been experiencing malfunctions due to poor weather conditions – resulting in their crew members dying at sea.

The Theories Behind The Japanese Ghost Ships

There is one rather gruesome twist to this report though – two of the bodies were found without heads, whilst one of the sea vessels contained six skulls…

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

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.