This is either the beginning to a really good Miyazaki film or a really bad Japanese horror film.
Have you ever accidentally ended up somewhere you felt like you didn’t belong? It doesn’t just happen to cats, it can happen to humans too, as Japanese photographer YUKISON/Ken Ohki (@YUKISONS) showed the internet in a recent tweet:
▼ “I found this incredible place in Toyama Prefecture.
I felt like I’d accidentally stumbled into some forbidden area. Amazing.”
YUKISON / Ken Ohki (@YUKISONS) September 07, 2016
▼ Oh. Uh, hi there. I’m just gonna, uh, keep walking, okay?
…I don’t think I’m supposed to be here.
▼ Do you ever get the feeling that you’re being…watched?
▼ What was that?! Oh. It was just a bird chirping.
Wait. That bird is made of stone….
Welcome to Fureai Sekibutsu no Sato (The Village Where You Can Meet Buddhist Statues) in Osawano, Toyama. It’s a park with over 800 different stone statues carved in the likeness of Buddhist deities and people close to the park’s founder, so he could preserve them for all eternity.
▼ The founder, Mutsuo Furukawa, in the stony flesh. He wanted the park
to be a “popular tourist place” where “people could come to relax.”
▼ Uh… not really feeling that relaxed around these things….
▼ NOPE! I’M OUT!
TRIED RELAXING, DIDN’T WORK!
▼ The detail on the sculptures is eerily accurate. You expect them to move,
but then they don’t, so you start to move…away as fast as possible.
▼ It’s important to note that there is no source saying
Mutsuo Furukawa didn’t just turn live people into stone via magic.
▼ “Don’t leave us…”
▼ “…you could join us…”
▼ “…and we could live together… forever.”
As expected the photographer was sure to get out of the park before sunset, which is presumably when the statues start moving around, devouring rocks, happiness, and any unsuspecting travelers.
If you want to see more of @YUKISONS’s amazing photography, be sure to give him a follow on Twitter or subscribe to his blog. Just don’t blame us if you’re inspired to visit one of these cursed areas, and you end up getting eaten by an evil spirit that plays with your bones.