Samurai Dave: The Roving Ronin Report

Rambling Narrative of Travels, Thoughts, and Embellishments

Japanese Ghost Stories – The Demon’s Arm (Ogre of Rashomon)

Summertime is ghost-time in Japan. It’s time to tell scary stories in order combat the summer’s heat with the cold chill that only ghost stories can bring.

This story is a version of the Ogre of Rashomon as the story is named in Yei Theodora Ozaki’s Japanese Fairy Tales. I however refer to the titular creature as a demon based on the Japanese word “oni” which is demon/devil.

Hirosaki Neputa Festival shows Watanabe fighting the Demon of Rashomon Gate

Rashomon is a gate that once stood in Kyoto that lapsed into disrepair and became a place of ill repute. According to legend a demon took up residence there and snatched up passer-bys. Eventually it bit off more than it could chew when it tried to grab a samurai.

The photos were taken by me of the temple gate of Zojo-ji Temple in Tokyo, a shot of a float from the Nebuta festival of Aomori showing a samurai fighting a demon (Raiko and Shuten-doji), and a depiction of the story on a float at the Neputa Festival in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture. The other images are 19th Century woodblock (ukiyoe) prints.

Check out my other ghost stories:

Japanese Ghost Stories

July 29, 2011 - Posted by | demons, devils, folklore, Ghost Stories, Ghosts, japan, japanese culture, japanese folklore, japanese ghost stories, Japanese Ghosts, Japanese Horror, Storytelling, supernatural, weird | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Hey Dave! You have nice videos! I’ve been watching some of them and I liked. I realy want to go to Japan one day. Well, I’m brazilian and I love my country. But I know that we have many problems in Brazil and I don’t like to close my eyes and just see the good part ot my country.

    So as you may know, there will be a Soccer World Cup in 2014. I was against this event in Brazil because we have a lot of problem to fix here instead of spend too much money in a Worl Cup. For exemplo, our government don’t give a shit to the education sistem and to the public hospitals. This money could be use to fix this basic problems instead to use in a world cup. This is one part of the problem.

    The second part is that we didn’t start anything yet. I mean, our stadiums still shit. So I don’t know if Brazil will be ready when this world cup start.

    The third part of the problem is that many people from around the world will go to Brazil to see this event, but most of them don’t know the reality of Brazil. They think Brazil is a tropical paradise. But is not true. Brazil has good things, but has bad thinks. One of this bad this is violence. People are killing each other in Brazil all the time. It is normal. Nobody cares. And alse they steal each other and nothing happens.

    So I would like to share this video with you, because I think that is very important to everybody who wants to go to Brazil see this video before:

    Send it to your friends, ok!

    Take care!

    Comment by Brasileiro | September 23, 2011 | Reply

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