Aka Manto (in Japanese: 赤マント; translated to as "Red Cape") is a malicious spirit who haunts public bathrooms, particularly female bathrooms in public schools. He asks his victims a series of questions before brutally killing them.
Kuchisake-Onna (口裂け女, Kuchisake-Onna) is a Japanese yokai. She is a woman who was mutilated by her husband, and returns as a malicious spirit. Her name comes from the deep, bloody gash which runs across her face, grinning from ear to ear. She appears at night to lone travelers on the road, covering her grizzly mouth with a cloth mask, a fan, or a handkerchief.
Nukekubi (抜け首, Nukekubi) appear to be normal human beings. But by night, their heads detach from their neck smoothly from their bodies and they fly about in search of human prey. These heads attack by screaming to increase fright , then closing in swiftly and biting their victims.
Nure-Onna (濡女, Nure-Onna, translates to wet woman), a.k.a. Snake Woman, is a yōkai which resembles a reptilious creature with the head of a woman and the body of a snake. While the description of her appearance varies slightly from story to story, she has been described as being 300 m in length and has snake-like eyes, long claws, fangs and long, beautiful hair. She is typically spotted on a shore, washing her hair.
The Yuki-Onna (雪女, Yuki-Onna) is a snow woman ghost described as inhumanly beautiful, whose eyes can strike terror into mortals that get lost traveling in the snowy mountains. She floats across the snow, leaving no footprints.
Futakuchi-Onna (二口女, Futakuchi-Onna), or Two-Mouthed Woman, is a type of yōkai that is characterized by it's two mouths – a normal one located on her face and second one on the back of the head beneath the hair. There, the woman's skull splits apart, forming lips, teeth and a tongue, creating an entirely functional second mouth.
Hashihime (橋姫) ("the maiden of the bridge") is a character that first appeared in Japanese Heian-period literature, represented as a woman who spends lonely nights waiting for her lover to visit, and later as a fierce “oni” or demon fueled by jealousy. She came to be associated most often with a bridge in Uji.
Gashadokuro (Starving Skeleton or Odokuro) is a skeleton-like creature from Japanese mythology. It is sometimes depicted as a mass of normally sized human bones that form into the shape of a large skeleton, or else shown as a single skeleton, which is much larger than a regular skeleton. It creeps around towns and villages at night, making a loud ringing noise.
Yotsuya Kaidan (四谷怪談), the story of Oiwa and Tamiya Iemon, is a tale of betrayal, murder, and ghostly revenge. Arguably the most famous Japanese ghost story of all time, it has been adapted for film over 30 times, and continues to be an influence on Japanese horror today.
The Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth is based on Tenome, a Japanese urban legend about the ghost of a blind man who has eyes on the palms of his hands. “Te-no-me” means “eyes on hands”. There was a blind old man who was attacked by robbers. They beat him viciously and left him to die alone in a field.
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