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Kankandara: The secret behind what lurks in the forest

5/25/2018
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Episode Notes Japanese horror is full of iconic ghosts and creatures of the night. But have you heard the story of Kankandara? The monster hidden deep in the forest with a curse so terrifying that all who come across her true form are doomed to an excruciating death. BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:00:57:11

Noroi, the inescapable Japanese curse

5/11/2018
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Episode Notes Sadako from The Ring. Kayako from Ju-on: The Grudge. Noroi, or curses, are a Japanese horror staple, and once one latches on to you, it's impossible to escape from. Discover five creepy tales of ghosts, grudges and inescapable Japanese curses. BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:00:33:52

Attack of the yurei

4/27/2018
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Episode Notes Yurei. Those misunderstood spirits everyone blames for everything wrong in the world. They just want you to join them... in the afterlife. Five creepy tales of Japanese ghosts and how they haunt the living world. Beware. They could be watching right now. BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:00:29:37

The legend of the Kotoribako

4/14/2018
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Episode Notes Discover the truth behind of one of the most fearsome urban legends of all: the Kotoribako. What is the truth behind this mysterious box, and why do people keep dying around it? Some curses weren't meant to be broken, and some grudges were never meant to fade away. BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:00:59:45

The true terror behind cursed dolls

3/30/2018
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Episode Notes Be careful of mistreating your dolls, they may remember what you did to them. A young woman discovers the terrifying secrets behind the family doll that scared her as a child, and a young man gets more than he bargained for in a home teaching job. BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:00:27:50

A curse upon your family and all within it!

3/16/2018
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Episode Notes A young medium receives a request for help; something supernatural is going on in this man's home, and it's not going away. The truth will shock them both. And there's more than meets the eye with this dark transfer student. What's his real secret? BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:00:36:10

Life-changing childhood experiences

3/2/2018
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Episode Notes A young boy visits his grandparents' chicken farm for the summer holidays, but why do they check the incubator at midday and midnight every day without fail? Another young man muses on the strange boy he befriended as a child that changed his life. BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:00:31:38

Kisaragi Station and other trains of horror

2/23/2018
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Episode Notes A woman gets on the train but it doesn't take its normal route. She ends up in a place called Kisaragi Station, where no-one is around but she can hear drums in the distance. Find out what happens, plus other train hauntings that'll send you off the rails. BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:00:34:34

The monsters in our villages

2/16/2018
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Episode Notes In this week's episode we're looking at the gods, monsters and yokai that haunt Japanese villages! Find out who Gomiko-san is, the mysterious woman who lurks in the mountains of Hokkaido. Who is Yorikata-sama, the monster slash deity that haunts a young man's village and dreams? And find out why a beautiful young woman is shunned by her entire village. BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX Licensed...

Duration:00:30:39

What's haunting Japanese schools?

2/9/2018
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Episode Notes This week's episode is a school hauntings special! Find out about the creepy ghosts, games and places that are terrifying Japanese schoolkids today. BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:00:28:10

Sugisawa and other cursed villages

2/2/2018
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Episode Notes This week's episode is a cursed village special! Find out what really happened in Sugisawa, perhaps the most famous cursed village of all. A young man relays the tale of a local legend called "Kotori Kozou" and the fate that befell his small village, while another man talks about the history behind his village's founding. BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX Licensed under Creative Commons: By...

Duration:00:34:26

Cursed video tapes & the horrors they hide!

1/26/2018
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Episode Notes This week's episode is a cursed video tape special! A young man wants to find out what really happens to his body when he undergoes sleep paralysis, so he sets up a camera to film himself. But will he like what he sees the next day? A group of friends go to the woods to film a fake ghost video, but little do they know of the true horror that awaits them. Press play, if you dare. BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free...

Duration:00:35:15

The inaka spectacular & countryside creepies

1/19/2018
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Episode Notes This week's episode focuses on the 'inaka,' the countryside of Japan. A young boy playing in the mountains with his cousins stumbles across a strange abandoned building. What history does it hide? A young man learns the truth about the strange ritual his family carries out whenever someone dies, and a group of friends get more than they bargained for when they stay in an empty house for the holidays. Uncover the terrors that lurk deep in the countryside of Japan! BGM thanks...

Duration:00:32:58

Kokkuri-san, kakurenbo and other creepy childhood games

1/12/2018
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Episode Notes This week's episode focuses on creepy Japanese childhood games. Kaidan, the practice of telling scary stories, one by one, until 'something' appears at the end. Kokkuri-san, the Japanese ouija board game that should not be messed around with. Kakurenbo, the hide and seek game where you may not like what you find. Find out about these games and more in this week's special episode! BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free...

Duration:00:33:26

Kunekune, exorcists and creepy little ghost boys

1/5/2018
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Episode Notes This week's episode features three tales of supernatural delight. The first is Kunekune, a creepy urban legend that haunts the empty rice fields of Japan. What would you do if you saw a creature you weren't supposed to see? The next features a young man recruited by a gang of exorcists, but what do they want from him? Lastly, a young lonely boy makes an imaginary friend, but is he really imaginary? BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound...

Duration:00:33:04

New Year's ghosts and goblins

12/29/2017
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Episode Notes A New Year's special! Find out how Japanese people bring in the New Year and the ghosts and goblins that plague them as they do. Scary superstitions, sake-drinking yokai, haunted shrines, tunnels and hotel rooms, oh my! BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:00:28:23

If you're going to kill yourself, why don't you sleep with me first?

12/22/2017
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Episode Notes A special double-length episode for the holiday season! A woman is about to jump from the roof of her building when a man approaches. He's rude, and says things no-one in their right mind would say to a suicidal woman. Who, or what, is he? BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:01:10:00

True but mostly fictional horror in the Japanese workplace

12/15/2017
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Episode Notes Ever wanted to work in Japan? Probably avoid these jobs. Or any jobs. A young office worker goes missing after investigating a mysterious room. A ghost photo refuses to be edited. Who's haunting the convenience store, and who's in the empty karaoke room? Find out as this week we explore various strange happenings in the Japanese workplace. BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound Licensed under Creative Commons: By...

Duration:00:29:37

Terrifying gods, scary demons and horrific yokai

12/8/2017
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Episode Notes This week's episode is a Japanese mythology special! Featuring five scary stories of horror ranging from people's experiences with vengeful gods, nasty demons and both friendly and vindictive yokai, aka Japanese monsters. BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Sound effects thanks to Free Sound Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:00:26:33

Magagami-sama, haunted tunnels and bridges, oh my!

12/1/2017
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Episode Notes This week's episode features three chilling tales of horror. First is Magagami-sama, a mysterious presence that lives deep in the mountains. The second features a hairdresser with a love of ghost stories who visits a nearby haunted tunnel, and lastly, a young man and his friend visit a haunted bridge, but they accidentally bring something back with them. BGM thanks to Myuuji Intro & Outro BGM thanks to Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0...

Duration:00:30:10

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