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A late-night visit to Japan’s execution site Cursed Pine Tree【Hunted Tokyo】

The tree is said to curse those who draw near, but thankfully divine protection is available nearby.

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We investigate Sendagaya Tunnel and get a message from beyond【Haunted Tokyo】

Do you believe in ghosts, Rocketeers? A bloodstained woman with long hair is said to haunt this Tokyo tunnel.

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We investigate Tokyo’s “haunted” phone booth in Mizumoto Park【Haunted Tokyo】

For decades, locals have said a woman’s ghost appears in the park at night, and our visit ended with frightening female fury.

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We investigate Tokyo’s most haunted spot, Kohoku Bridge【Haunted Tokyo】

At the risk of sounding clickbaity, you really won’t believe what we found.

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In three months, 50 patients have died on one floor of a “haunted” hospital

Successive deaths have lead some to wonder if the fourth floor is cursed.

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Haunted, abandoned hotel complex on Okinawa is a lesson against messing with Japan’s spirits

A luxury leisure resort on the lush hillside of Okinawa. Panoramic ocean views. A waterpark, a petting zoo, a night club. Now crumbling into ruins, swallowed up by nature reclaiming the land developers tried to take. Perhaps the owners should have known better than to build on the site of ancient tombs. The local priests warned them. But they didn’t listen.

This is the tale of Okinawa’s Nakagusuku Kogen Hotel, one of the most haunted abandoned sites in Japan.

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Age-identifying app tells you how old you look, also how many ghosts are in your vicinity

How-Old.net, the age-guessing website from Microsoft, has been gaining huge amounts of attention online recently, with some people pleased by the app’s flattery, and others incensed by the suggestion that they might look a little more crumbly than they really are.

But the app also has a much creepier, darker side to it – it can (apparently) detect the faces of ghosts, and tell us what age they were when they passed on…

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Fear and haunted houses in Japan: An interview with ScareHouse sociologist Margee Kerr

It’s almost summer and that means a lot of stuff in Japan—Golden Week, brain melting humidity, Obon, and of course, horror movies and haunted houses. While many people in the west binge on horror flicks and spooky attractions as Halloween nears, Japanese people tend to get their fright on during the summer months.

We recently caught up with Margee Kerr, a sociologist who studies fear and helps the world famous ScareHouse terrify their patrons—in a good way of course! Margee was in Japan studying how fear works across different cultures and we were excited to learn about the similarities and differences in the reactions between Japan and America to horror. Check out our interview with a true master of fear at one of Tokyo’s scariest bars: Yurei Izakaya in Kichijoji!

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Creepiest mall ever? Visiting Shiga Prefecture’s (almost) empty Pieri Moriyama

While you may not think of malls when Japan comes up, there certainly are a lot of them. Odaiba in Tokyo is probably the most famous place in the country for shopping malls, though nearly every prefecture has at least one.

Shiga Prefecture is no exception and Biwako Cruising Mall, Pieri Moriyama, located on the shores of beautiful Lake Biwa is a mammoth mall with a grand opening in 2008 that saw 30,000 visitors on the first day. Packed with 200 shops and a ten-screen cineplex, it was a veritable shrine to consumerism for a couple of years.

However, Pieri Moriyama is now known for a different reason…

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The top 10 haunted spots in Japan as chosen by a professional ghost chaser

Ginti Kobayashi is a writer who in recent years can be seen in the series, Kaidan Shinmimibukuro Nagurikomi! In these DVDs, we follow Kobayashi and his colleagues as they explore Japan’s most notoriously haunted places.

In the spirit of summer, when Japan likes to cool down by sharing chilling stories, Kobayashi sat down with Spa magazine and laid out his choices for the top 10 most frightening haunted places he has ever experienced.

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