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The Faceless Ghosts Of Japan

Picture of Japanese faceless ghost noppera-bo.I woke up eyes wide with fear and my heart pounding out of my chest.

I had dreamed that something was trying to kill me, and in my struggle I turned around and saw that it was a ghost with no face. But it was too late to save myself, and the same moment I died in my dream was the moment I woke up.

The house was pitch dark, but I couldn’t shake the image of that terrifying ghost with no face.

There’s just something especially scary about faceless beings …just ask anyone who thinks they’ve spotted Slender Man’s faceless apparition lurking in the woods.

Sightings of eerie beings with no face have been around as far as anyone can remember and even today are seen by people around the world. Like in Japan for centuries there have been stories of beings called Noppera-bo, or “Faceless Ghost”, that are known for terrifying humans.

The most famous Faceless Ghost story involves someone walking down a dark road and encountering a crying woman…


A man was walking on the road to Edo and found himself traveling unexpectedly after dark. He looked around him and felt a little scared, but thought it wasn’t anything he couldn’t handle.

Scary woman faceless ghost Japan.After walking for a while and whistling nervously to himself he came upon a woman on the side of the road. She was crouched over and sobbing into her hands in the most pitiful way. He walked over to her and put his hand on her shoulder gently, asking what was wrong and how he could help.

Slowly the woman put her hands down and turned her head as if to look up at him, but to his horror he saw that she had no eyes or even a face.

He stumbled backwards for a moment, then the woman started to walk towards him and he ran as fast as he could all the way to Edo.


When he got to Edo the golden sun was rising up into the sky. He was still shaking from the experience, but felt safe with so many people around him now. He bought some breakfast from a food stall and started to tell the owner the story of what had happened to him. When he got to the part about the woman with no face he waited for the man to react with shock, but instead the man stroked his face and said “Like this?”, revealing that he had no face.

Ghost stories from Japan faceless ghosts.

It was then that he realized that all the people around him didn’t have eyes or a mouth. The man was so terrified that he dropped his food, and despite his exhaustion ran straight back to his hometown and up his house. He locked the door behind him and collapsed against it. His wife came up to him with arms open and said “What’s wrong Darling?!?”

In scattered words he told her the whole story of the faceless ghosts, then she said… “Like this?” wiping her face and revealing that she, too, was now a Noppera-bo.


I guess I’m lucky that I didn’t wake up to find that my whole family had turned into Noppera-bo! I think the scariest part of the Noppera-bo Faceless Ghost stories is that there’s no escaping them once they’ve made you their target.

According to legend, the Faceless Ghosts (usually) won’t try to kill you, they just want to drive you crazy with fear by showing up over and over. Which… totally doesn’t make me feel any better lol.

So whether in your dream life or real life, watch out for Noppera-bo, the Faceless Ghost.

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11 Scary Stories To Read For Halloween

Halloween Scary Story Haunted HouseHalloween time has come around again and you know what that means…scary stories :).

Here’s eleven terrifically terrifying scary stories for Halloween 2014. Pick one …or read them all if you dare…

1. Picture of La Llorona Ghost

*Scary Story Of La Llorona: The Weeping Ghost By The River*

2. Scary Story Of Black Eyed Children

*Don’t Let Them In! Scary Stories Of The Black Eyed Children*

3. Picture of Robert The Haunted Doll scary Halloween story

*Legend Of The Real-Life Chucky: A Haunted Doll From 100 Years Ago*

4. Ghost Story Haunted Train Tracks Urban Legend

*Ghost Children Of The Train Tracks: A Spooky Urban Legend*

5. Japanese Ghost Story Hanako San Halloween

*Legend Of Hanako-San: Spooky Japanese Ghost Of The School Bathroom*

6. Ghost Story Barog Tunnel India Shimla Railway

*Ghost In The Tunnel: The Haunting Story Of Colonel Barog*

7. Scary Story Insane Asylum Bus Halloween

*The Asylum Bus: A Scary Story Of Mistaken Identity*

8. Barog Tunnel Ghost Story Woman In Black

*Ghosts Of The Barog Tunnel: Scary Story Of The Woman In Black*

9. Scary Story Girl Graveyard Knife Halloween
*Scary Story Of The Girl Who Sat Alone In The Graveyard*

CLASSICS The two most popular scary stories on this blog this year are:

10. Halloween-Scary-Stories-To-Read-Bloody-Mary

*Faces In The Mirror: The True Story Behind Bloody Mary*

11. Slender Man Scary Story Halloween
*Is Slender Man Real? True Story And Myth Behind Slender Man*


I like your style! Check out these scary stories from last Halloween:

*Scary Stories To Read For Halloween 2013*

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Legend Of Hanako-San: Spooky Japanese Ghost Of The School Bathroom

Hanako-San Japanese ghost story bathroom third stallAccording to ghost stories in Japan there are spirits everywhere, even in the strangest of places.

Believe it or not school bathrooms there are especially well known to be haunted and a trip to the bathroom can put you in contact with a whole slew of spooky characters, most that will get in your face if you have the misfortune of walking into their territory.

But the most famous of all the school ghosts usually won’t appear unless you actually summon her. Her name is Hanako-San and many people can’t resist trying to make her appear no matter what the consequences…


The third stall in the girl’s bathroom, it always seems to have a crudely scrawled ‘out of order’ sign taped to it no matter how many times it’s been taken down. Walking by the other day it sounded like someone was in there talking to themselves even though no feet could be seen under the stall.

Hanako-San bathroom ghost story girl in mirror.There’s something about that bathroom too, the lights are always turning off on their own. And more than a few people have reported the sound of doors opening and slamming shut as they walked away from the empty bathroom.

In Japan these are the tell-tale signs that a disturbed ghost named Hanako-San has taken up residence in the school. Once word gets around then the dares will start up: who’s brave enough to go to the third stall and try to summon her?

Some people will hang back and encourage others, while some will say they’ll do it but then chicken out at the last moment. Others, however, are very good at seeming confident. They’ll stride right up the door (usually with a group of giggling girls in tow) and begin the ritual to summon Hanako-San.


Hanako-San scary story girl opening bathroom door.It’s quite a simple thing really, all you have to do is stand very close to the door of the third stall, knock three times, and ask “Are you there Hanako-San?”

Afterwards there’s always a stretch of silence which seems to last forever. Right around this time everybody else will tend to run out of the bathroom and abandon the poor person to their fate, alone. Then if Hanako-San is really there she will answer in a slow whisper “Yes, I am here.”

According to the legend of Hanako-San what happens next will vary depending on what school you’re in. Sometimes a hand will bust through the door and drag the person into the stall and kill them. Usually though after the pause the stall door will open just a slight bit. Then if the person is brave enough they will be able to push the door open, revealing Hanako-San herself.

Hanako-San is described as having very pale, white skin and as always wearing a red skirt. Her hair is short and black, done in an old fashioned style. It’s obvious that she’s a girl of school age, but it’s not known why she will harm some people and not others. Sometimes she’s said to even protect kids who are being bullied by classmates or are having problems with other ghosts.

Picture of Hanako-San Japanese girl ghost in red skirt.Clues to her very varied behavior might be found in her history but that’s something that’s hotly contested.


The stories of how Hanako-San became a ghost vary depending on who you ask and what part of Japan you’re in. One story says that she was a girl who lived during the time of World War II. She was playing hide and seek in her school one day and hid in the third stall of the girl’s bathroom. However while she was crouched and waiting in the stall some planes came and bombed the area, causing that part of the school to collapse on her.

Another says she was a victim of ongoing bullying (called ‘ijime’ in Japan) by her classmates. One day the bullying got particularly bad and she ran into the third stall of the bathroom to try and get away. The other kids came and banged on the door to try to force her to Hanako-San being bullied and haunting third stall of bathroom.come out, but she had locked the door and they eventually left. Later that evening some school staff members found Hanako-San dead in that same stall, she just couldn’t take it anymore and had committed suicide right there.

A third story is a little more mysterious. It says simply that Hanako-San fell out of the window of the school library. It implies that her fall was an accident, but doesn’t give enough details for us to know for sure or even why she ended up in the third stall of the bathroom. It doesn’t make much sense to me at all, but the fact that the story has been told for generations of people has got to mean something.

Though we may not know what the “true” history of Hanako-San is she certainly makes for an interesting ghost story. I know that if I had lived in Japan as a kid I wouldn’t have been able to resist trying to summon her. Not because I’d actually want to see her (actually that would be terrifying), but because I would have wanted to know what her real story was :).