Post #4: Legend
The only Legends I can find in Japan are scary ones.
Kuchisake-onna which mean slit-mouthed women. is a figure appearing in Japanese ghost stories, possibly dating back to the Edo period, She is a woman who was mutilated by her husband, and returns as a malicious spirit. When rumors of alleged sightings began spreading in 1979 around the Nagasaki Prefecture, it spread throughout Japan and caused panic in many towns. There are even reports of schools allowing children to go home only in groups, escorted by teachers for safety, and of police increasing their patrols. Recent sightings include many reports in South Korea in 2004 about a woman wearing a red mask, who was frequently seen chasing children, and in October 2007, a coroner found some old records from the late 1970s about a woman who was chasing little children. She was then hit by a car, and died shortly after. Her mouth was ripped from ear to ear.
According to the legend, she covers her mouth with a cloth mask, a fan, or a scarf.
The woman will ask a potential victim “Am I pretty?” If he answers yes, she will remove her mask and ask him again in a girly voice. If he answers yes or screams, she will slash him from ear to ear so that he resembles her. If he answers no, she will walk away, only to follow her victim home and brutally murder him that night.
To avoid this fate, several people during the Edo period claimed that they gave her confusing answers or threw money or hard candy at her, buying themselves time to run away and lose her
I think the moral of this ghost story and telling people is that lying is wrong. That they shouldn’t do it. but it is a sick way of telling them