Ghostly hitchhiker in Japan taxi

Japanese Taxi Drivers Reporting Ghostly Fares

The “Vanishing Hitchhiker” is one of the most popular ghost stories/urban legends out there, and for me, probably the first real ghost story I ever read about. There are many variations of the story, but it usually involves a good samaritan driving along a deserted stretch of road at night, and coming across a hitchhiker, […]

Samurai ghost boots in Japan

Samurai Ghost Boots Photo?

I came across this story while at work today, and I’m not quite sure what to make of it. Apparently a man took a photo of his daughter last summer, while they were living in Japan. Behind the girl, there appears to be a pair of boots and legs, and part of a shirt. People are […]

Issie, the lake monster of Japan

Issie: The Matriarch Sea Serpent

For this week’s cryptozoological tale, let’s travel to the islands of Japan for a rather somber yarn. As you might already know, some folklore is rooted in profoundly sad origins. So goes the story of Issie, Japan’s most mythical water-dwelling creature. Way back before she embraced her fate as a legendary sea serpent–a heavy burden all […]