Urban legends Japanese suspect might actually be true


This is probably the strangest survey I’ve translated since my one on the top folklore and superstitions. This time we look with goo Ranking at the urban legends that might just be true. As I am no expert in Japanese rumours, some of the translations may be wrong, and some of the rumours just seem rather odd, but I hope my readers can help me out. The survey was conducted between the 19th and 21st of June 2007.

I thought that fan death was interesting – this is a popular legend in Korea, but I didn’t know anyone really took it seriously in Japan. Perhaps interestingly, number 10, skin breathing, comes from the Bond film Goldfinger. Ian Fleming invented other such rumours, for example the one about Sumo wrestlers being trained to retract their testicles, and that gay people cannot whistle. Finally, I’d be shocked, quite frankly, if there wasn’t a bomb shelter underneath the Diet! Perhaps, however, the rumours go further.

Oh, and how I wish number 25 was true!

Ranking results

Q: Which Urban Legends do you feel might just be true?

RankUrban LegendScore
1In the Aokigahara forest (Sea of Trees) at the bottom of Mount Fuji, compass needles don’t point north100
2There is a part-time job at hospitals washing dead bodies80.7
3In “education with breathing space” (yutori kyouiku) children learn Pi equals 376.2
4If you take a photo of three people, the one in the middle will die prematurely75.2
5If you get taken in for questioning by the police you will get served pork cutlets on rice (katsu don)72.9
6In the pond at a particular park, two lovers rode a boat and split up69.6
7Hiccup 100 times in a row and you’ll drop dead66.5
8To repay a loan, one has to go off on a tuna boat61.1
9An electrical maker was sued when someone dried their cat in the microwave58.3
10You will die if your skin cannot breath55.1
11People haven’t really gone to the moon53.1
12Encountering a woman with a torn mouth50.5
13If you make a mirror at exactly midnight, you can see your face after death in it41.9
14At Kokkai-Gijidomae (Japanese parliament building) underground station there is a nuclear shelter40.2
15If you go to sleep with a fan running you will die (fan death)37.8
16Encountering a dog with a human face37.1
17The nursery rhyme “Hana Ichimonme” is a song about slavery33.1
18During an advert break of a certain children’s program a problem child was yanked off the set and replaced by a teddy bear30.0
19“Kagome Kagome” is a song about a murder28.2
20On a particular motorway, in the middle of the night a headless biker can be seen27.2
21Freezing CDs will improve the sound quality25.5
22Eat a cockroach and it will breed within your stomach24.1
23Lemmings run off cliffs if their population gets too large22.4
24Electrical items break soon after the guarantee expires21.1
25There is a final episode of Sazae san20.7
26If you remember the words “Purple Mirror” you will die14.7
27If you stare too long at the snow on TVs after broadcasts finish you will die11.1
28If you hit a foul ball on the 36th ball in baseball, you will be out10.7
29Being kidnapped by a yellow ambulance10.1
30In Dragon Quest V you can become friends with Estarc7.6
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1 Comment »

  1. Inesa said,
    October 16, 2015 @ 01:09

    can u please tell me if purple mirror urban legend is real

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