Ghost Stories

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A concept given to the telling of scary stories, folktales and urban legends.

In Japan telling ghost stories is usually a thing of tradition especially during festivals such as O-bon. O-bon is the annual festival for celebrating one's ancestors which takes place during the summer (the dates for O-bon differ from temple to temple) during that time people tell frightening ghost stories about them.

There is also the 100 Ghost Story game which was a popular parlor game called Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, from the Edo period (1603 - 1868). The rules were as follow:

  • At night, the host of the party would light one hundred candles.
  • Players would sit on the floor with the ring of candles in front of them.
  • Taking turns, each player would tell a "kaidan" , a ghost story, and then extinguish the candle in front of them.
  • As the night went on and each story was told, the room would grow slowly darker.

Many people believe that the extinguishing of the last candle represents the conclusion of a spiritual evocation, summoning some supernatural being from another world. Many believe that the ceremony was a test of courage among the samurai, which later became a game used by common folks to scare each other.

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Concept Name Ghost Stories
Japanese Name: ゴーストストーリー
Romaji Name: Gōsutosutōrī
Aliases Scary Stories
Urban Legends
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