We talk Japanese superstitions & urban legends, take a look at the Aokigahara suicide forest, and ask ‘Why would anyone eat fugu?’

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Some of the Superstitions were taken from this article –
10 Spooky Japanese Superstitions That Will Totally Freak You Out from fluentu.com

also from the Japanese Superstitions Wikipedia page.


Aokigahara Suicide Forest

The VICE documentary – seriously recommend watching this one –
Suicide Forest in Japan

The French news report we played a section of –
JAPAN – Aokigahara, the forest of suicides

Video of someone walking through the forest, (mentioned on the show, with the woman sitting alone) –
The Woman in the Suicide Forest – Kuroi Jukai, Aokigahara

Trailer for the 2016 horror film ‘The Forest’ –
The Forest Official Trailer #1 (2016)

Trailer for the 2016 film ‘The Sea Of Trees’ –
The Sea of Trees Official Trailer 1 (2016)

For images search Aokigahara in Google (or follow this link – Aokigahara images)

The books mentioned that are believed to have added to the popularity of Aokigahara as a suicide location were-
Kuroi Jukai by Seichō Matsumoto
The Complete Manual Of Suicide
(The information for the books was taken from this article –
15 Eerie Things About Japan’s Suicide Forest from mentalfloss.com)



The Fugu news report we played on the show –
Preparing fugu, Japan’s poisonous fish dish

The Simpsons episode mentioned was S02E11 ‘One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish’


Urban Legends

Kasa Obake –

Most of the urban legends came from this article –
17 Japanese Urban Legends That’ll Scare The Shit Out Of You from buzzfeed.com

The pictures Bob showed Beef and Tiss on the show –

The Girl From The Gap –

The Red Room –

The Slit Mouthed Woman –

Onryō (inspiration for Kayako from The Grudge)

Tomino’s Hell
Here is the video we played the reading from on the show –
“Tomino’s Hell” | トミノの地獄


The description of Shirime we used on the show was from this video –
5 WEIRDEST Japanese Urban Legends



Pom Poko – crazy Studio Ghibli film with lots of Japanese folklore creatures (and raccoon ball-sacks)

Uzumaki, by Junjo Ito – forgot to mention on the show, but a GREAT Japanese horror manga.
(otherwise known as Spiral Into Horror)


Outro music this week was Japanese Boy, by Aneka.