The Yomiuri Giants of Tokyo have long been the powerhouse team of Japanese Baseball. Through highly effective promotion and the acquisition of top players they often draw parallels with the New York Yankees.
So it’s no surprise that a month and a half into the 2013 season the Giants are sitting in a familiar first place spot in the Central League standings. However, things have begun to take a turn for the worst after a comment made by model Aki Higashihara in her supernatural “death blog.” Over the past decade people, places and businesses have all suffered some form of misfortune shortly after being mentioned in her blog Higashihara Desuga?
Aki Higashihara simply can’t catch a break. No sooner is her blogging power blamed for the grounding of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners than a 8.0-magnitude earthquake occurs off the coast of the Solomon Islands, triggering a massive tsunami that has been confirmed to have left as many as six dead.
Over the years, the fashion idol’s blog has been linked to a multitude of accidents and disasters across Japan, with many claiming that her words are “cursed” to the point that whatever she innocently writes has a negative knock-on effect somewhere else, like an unintentional version of the acclaimed manga and animé series Death Note. But what on earth could this yummy mummy have written on her blog this time around to have the Japanese public dousing themselves with holy water and avoiding her gaze should their paths cross in the street?
Seven harmless little words: “I want to go to the sea!”
When Japanese TV personality and model Aki Higashihara blogs, bad things happen.
Higashihara’s blog has been dubbed “Death Blog” by the Japanese internet, a reference to Death Note, a popular manga about a supernatural notebook that possess the power to kill whoever’s name is written in it. Similar to the fictional “Death Note”, internet legend has it that whatever Higashihara writes about in her “Death Blog” is destined to meet an unfortunate fate.
For example, in 2010, Higashihara blogged about her visit to a famous shrine in Kamakura, mentioning: “I wanted to eat ginko nuts!” Two months later, a 1000-year-old sacred ginko tree located in the shrine was completely uprooted and severely damaged.
In 2012, she wrote a post about the hardships of raising children, saying: “My kids were fast asleep at 8:30 tonight. This is completely unrelated, but it makes me feel a little better when I think that even pandas neglect their kids.” The next day, the first baby giant panda to be born in Japan in 24 years was found dead — at 8:30 am.
Still not convinced? On January 16, 2013, All Nippon Airways (ANA) grounded 17 of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes for inspection after one had to make an emergency landing due to smoke suddenly appearing in the cockpit. Japan Airlines similarly grounded their Dreamliner fleet following the incident.
You’ll never guess what Aki Higashihara blogged about last month.