Inari (Fox)Temple – Japanese scary story

Hey guys! Happy Halloween.

Are you interested in scary stories?

….I LOVE THEM.

Japan is full of scary stories ….once Japan was very active on making Japanese-horror movies. (Ju-on original video version, (not re-make) and RINGU is my favorite.)

Today I’d like to tell you a scary story, a true story from my friend.
Heck I freaking drew 16 pictures (!) so you’d better read them all! 😉

I will also add Japanese text, so Japanese people can read it too.

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This is a story from my old friend,N-chan.
(we met in junior high school. Thanks for Facebook we can still keep in touch!)

これは中学時代からの友達、Nちゃんの体験した本当のお話です。

When she was around 3 year old, she lived in a house
where next area was a vacant land.

「私が3歳くらいのこと、隣が空き地という家に住んでたのね。」

There she used to see “a white fox” from her room window.
The fox looked like not a real-normal fox,
but rather manga/anime style…

「3歳くらいの時、よくお隣の家の屋根の上に、白いキツネを見たのよ。
キツネっていってもホントのキツネじゃなくて、マンガに出てくるようなキツネ・・・。
屋根の向こう側からピョンって出てきて、屋根の上をうろうろしてるの。子供だからそういうキツネが存在すると思ってて、誰にでも見えるものだと思ってた。」

the white fox jumped on to neighbours’ roof
and wander around.





One day she was with her grandmother, the fox appeared again.

「一度祖母といるときに出てきたから、「おばあちゃん、キツネさん出てきた」って言ったんだけど、

“Look! Oba-chan, (“grandma” in Japanese), there is a fox!”

“A fox?? Where???”

Grandmother couldn’t see the fox.
Little N-chan,  learnt that maybe it was only her who can see it….

祖母は「え?どこどこ?」って見えないようだった。」

Some years later…. she was around 10.
She learnt that the vacant land used to be a
vegetation field,
and she also noticed that there was a Fox Temple (Inari).

「10歳くらいになって知ったんだけど、家があったその土地、元々は畑でお稲荷さん祀っていたんだ・・・。うちの隣がテニスコート半面くらいの空き地で、草や木が生えてたんだけど、その中に小さなお堂(?)があってさ、高さにしても1mくらいかな・・・。」

The fox temple was small and wooden made,
always had its doors closed.

She was told by her neighbour that
she shouldn’t mistreat the temple, – be careful with that.

いつも扉がしまってたし、近所のよそのおばあちゃんに、「あのお堂にいたずらしたらダメだよ」って言われてたから近寄らなかったんだけどね。

Oneday she was walking by, she saw the temple’s
doors were open.

ある日、その扉が空いていたの。

There ….there was a ceramic fox displayed.

中にセトモノのキツネが入ってた。

N-chan suddenly got scared because it was the same white fox
as she saw, when she was little.

そのキツネを見たときに「あ、小さいときに見えたキツネだ」って思ったんだよ・・・さすがに10歳くらいになると、あんなマンガみたいな白いキツネがいるわけないってわかるからさ・・・ちょっとゾッとしたよ。

One day she saw the owner of the land was
burning something in the field.

それからしばらくして、地主さんがその空き地でたき火しててさ、

After the owner is gone, N-chan went to play with the fire-leftovers.
and there …. she found the ceramic fox!!

火が消えた後、たき火の燃えカスを掘り返して遊んでたの。

そしたらその燃えカスの中から例のセトモノのキツネが出てきて・・・どうも地主さんがお堂ごと燃やしてしまったらしい・・・。

She got goosebumps, scared, and ran to the
neighbour to tell her about it.

急に怖くなって、近所のおばあちゃん呼んできたら、いつも冷静なおばあちゃんが取り乱して急いでキツネを拾い上げて灰を払って、ぶつぶつ念仏みたいなのを唱えだしたから怖かったよ。

Her neighbour became panic,
they ran to the fox, try to ‘rescue’ it by praying…

It was all disturbing for N-chan, because she had never seen her neighbour got so freaked out.




Later on… the landlord’s son, who worked as a truck driver,
was discovered dead on a driver’s seat.
He was only in his 20s.

After short while, his parents – the landlords – also died, nobody knew what caused them death.

As a result there was nobody who could take over the land.

そしたらその後、その地主さん亡くなったんだ・・・まだ20代か30代だったと思うけど・・・トラックの運転手だったんだけど、トラックの運転席で亡くなってたんだって。地主さんはご両親と住んでたんだけど、そのご両親も次々と亡くなって・・・。近くに地主さんの親戚もなかったみたいで、その土地を管理できる人もいないから、土地を借りてた人たちは、買うか出ていくかってことになってさ。うちも土地は借りてたんだけど、建物ももう古いし、結局引っ越した。

So because the land became abandoned… everybody who lived in their land
had to move out. N-chan and her family moved as well.

The whole land became empty.

After she moved away from the area,
she stopped experiencing ‘unexplainable’ events.


That’s all.

Thanks N-chan for a great story! She has more to tell, but we will stop this for today,
maybe I will draw more if you guys like it.

ya, so if you go to Japan and visit Inari Temple… please, go with respect.
If not, maybe Foxes will punish you…..

Ja-mata

Koko

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  1. Nikoletta says:

    WoooW!!
    Did your friend revisit the place?
    She should do it and post updates!