Japan is a very old culture, full of mystery and ritual. Japan has been the victim of great cruelty, like the atomic bombs dropped on them by North America, and as an Imperialist natino the perpetrator of great horrors itself. It’s ghosts are just as mysterious, full of vengeance, angry, and sad as that history would lead you to expect. Also, as in this first example, sometimes they really just want a cigarette.
OKINAWA, MILITARY CAMP HANSEN
If you are stuck guarding gate #3 at Camp Hansen at night you will often be greeted by a soldier dressed in a WWII Era uniform, covered in blood, who will ask you for a light for his cigarette. When you oblige him, he vanishes. If you don’t oblige him…
AKASAKA MANSION, TOKYO
Spending the night in this mansion has caused guests to repeatedly, as they sleep, have their faces gently stroked by an unknown force. Some have even reported being ripped from their beds and dragged across the floor with such force that they cannot, even with their nails dug into the floor, stop it.
This mansion was long ago the site of a brutal family murder and sacrifice. Since then there have been repeated reports of bloody hand prints on the walls, sprays of blood jetting out of nowhere, and a wandering little girl in a kimono. Vast tunnels run deep underneath the mansion, and due to the horrors seen in the house no one has dared enter them to learn their significance. Is there a giant race of insects who feed exclusively on human blood that use the tunnels as the staging ground for their eventual take over of all mankind? I would highly doubt it.
OKINAWA: USAF STORAGE AREA
Near the storage area is a little lake where people go fishing during the day. But at night people stay away from the lake, and on some nights, when the fog is particularly thick, out of the fog forms an entire battalion of WWII ear soldiers who march toward you, surround you, and then vanish back into the fog. What’s worse? Very few of ghost soldiers are particularly attractive.
A gate stands in between two buildings here where if you wait long enough an apparition resembling a Japanese soldier appears. The soldier has no legs. But what he’s missing in legs, he makes up for in heart.
After North America dropped the atom bomb on this civilian city it left thousands dead, the city in ruins, and atomically-exposed survivors to pick up the pieces as best they could. While the city has been rebuilt, shades of that dark horror still cry out. Those who live in the city say that when their shadow falls upon the ground it creates a sort of temporal opening between the land of the living and the land of the dead. It is there, in their shadows where the dead find enough access to our world to show their faint images, and whale and cry for what was taken from them.