Posts Tagged ‘Stolen’

Hyogo, Japan has a large castle in the middle of the city, which is famous for many things, including the supernatural. It has the nickname of White Heron Castle, and it one of the big three in Japan. With over 83 rooms this stunning building is a large tourist attraction, that was built somewhere around 1333-1346.  One of the features is a maze that surrounds the castle in the dense wooding, put in place for defence. It is also said to be a lucky place, spotless and survning riots during the Onin war and during the Meiji restoration it was decided that it should end up in the hands of the government. The army went to try and seize it, the Tadasumi family handed it over despite no shells having went off or damaging it.  When the Han system was abolished the city brought the building back and even though the city was bombed by the USA it managed to remain undamaged. This is now a protected site and a popular place to visit.

Okay so history lesson over, let’s get to the ghost.

Okiku was a servant that worked in on of the four guard towers,  Dungon. Dungon is thought to be the one furthest down the mountain. Okiku’s master was a samurai called Tessan Aoyama who’s wife gathered ten expensive Duth golden plates. Her duties included looking after the plates and Tessan Aoyama was not loyal to his wife, he asked her to be his mistress and that he would leave his wife. Okiku honourably said no.

Aoyama did not like this refusal and hid one of the ten plates, realising a plate was missing she began looking for it. Aoyama told her if she did not become his mistress he would blame her and have her tortured then executed. She decided that life was not worth living and dived into the well in the castle courtyard.  For some reason Aoyama kept the plate hidden and still blamed her.  Every night however she returned as a white and black ghost (think Grudge ghost as a description for looks), she would climb out of the well, walk to the plates and check on them. With there being nine and not ten she would wail unnaturally.

Tessan Aoyama should have put the plate back but he was so convinced he would have the last laugh he eventually went insane, he was kicked out of the castle and ironically this stopped him being assassinated. This is a play that has become very famous throughout Japan.  Reports of her haunting still come in but are less frequent in the modern day.

I kinda like these stories… so be warned you might see more haha!


No one can be sure why but in 1997 there was a nefarious plot in New Orleans that was circulated by word-of-mouth, fax and e-mail to suggest that an organised crime ring would be druggin visitors and removing their organs to sell on the black market. The viral message was under the heade of “Travelers Beware” and sparked mass fear about the event, despite the lack of substantial evidence to show it was a reality.

The story had already had a history in Houston, Las Vegas where a supposed tourist was drugged in his hotel room by a prostitute and work up the next day, minus a kidney, in a bathtub of ice.

This has become another urban legend and in a lot of versions the facts are fairly similar.

Subject A goes out to the bar, has a drink and is alone whilst away in some hotel etc etc. A then wakes up the next morning with a severe pain in the lower back, A is taken to an emergency room where it is determined that A has undergone major surgery. The surgery A was not aware of has both cleanly and professionally resulted in the removal of a kidney.

This particular tale is an Urban Legend, whilst it’s not impossible that organs have been brought and sold on the black market there is no substantiated evidence of back room operations from dirty alleys or seedy hotel rooms.

It really doesn’t seem plausible because without proper medical facilities the chances of the organ surviving long enough to be usable are practically zero. That’s not to mention all the qualified and trained people it would take too. Oh and no one has ever come forward with a public case of the happenig so like many it appears to be another public hype turned into fear.

Unfortunately this one has put people at risk before, rumours in Guatamala spread that American’s were kidnapping their children so they could use the organs in the states. In 1994 several US Citizens and Europeans were attacked y mobs. An American woman, Jane Weinstock, remains critically impaired because of it.