Toshiden: Exploring Japanese Urban Legends
Digging into Japanese urban legends of all sizes
a year ago

Aokigahara: The Truth Behind Japan’s Suicide Forest

S2 Episode 11

Episode Notes

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There are numerous legends about Aokigahara, Japan’s suicide forest. Compasses don’t work. Murderers lurk in the trees. Once you enter you’ll never come out. Discover the truth right here.

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a year ago

The Yokai Kudan

S2 Episode 10

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The myserious kudan, a yokai with the face of a human and the body of a cow, foretells a prophecy on its birth and then dies shortly thereafter. Is there any way to stop the calamity it brings? Find out right here.

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a year ago

Of American Origins

S2 Episode 09

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Sometimes an urban legend is so terrifying it strikes right at the heart of human consciousness, regardless of cultural or historical backgrounds. Here are a few American legends that made their way to Japanese shores, altered slightly to fit Japanese tastes.

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a year ago

The Fan's Present

S2 Episode 08

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Idols. Beloved by the general public and adored by their fans. But what happens when that love goes too far? How far would some fans go to get even closer to their favourite idols?

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a year ago

Kokkai-gijidomae Station

S2 Episode 07

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Kokkai-gijidomae Station is just like any other subway station in Tokyo. Or so they want you to believe. Legend has it that it’s actually a bomb shelter, and there are secret tunnels leading all over Tokyo…

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a year ago

Watching Woman

S2 Episode 06

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She’s getting closer. Chasing you no matter where you go. Just when you think you’ve finally reached safety, and all is well, you look up, and… The Watching Woman is always waiting. There is no escape.

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2 years ago

Headless Rider

S2 Episode 05

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He rides around the city and the mountains looking for his missing head, but who exactly is the Headless Rider? What terrible tragedy led to his compulsion to keep searching the roads, looking for more heads to take?

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2 years ago

Human-faced Dog (Jinmen Ken)

S2 Episode 04

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You’re taking out the trash when you notice a dog rummaging through it. You tell it to shoo, but when it turns around… it has a human face. Say hi to Jinmen Ken, or the Human-faced Dog.

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2 years ago

Severed Head on Live Broadcast

S2 Episode 03

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Did you know that in the early 80s there was a broadcasting accident so terrible that the show involved was cancelled and never spoken of again? They say it aired a live severed head on air… but what really happened?

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2 years ago

Turbo Granny, the speedy old woman

S2 Episode 02

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You’re driving in the mountains late one night. You’re all alone in the darkness. It’s nice and peaceful, but then suddenly a face appears outside your window. It’s a grinning old lady, and you realise she’s running alongside your speeding car…

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2 years ago

Sukima-onna, the Gap Woman

S2 Episode 01

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Sukima-onna, aka the Gap Woman. Once she infests your house, there's no getting rid of her. She'll watch you from every nook and cranny, literally. Who is she, and where did she come from? Find out right here.

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