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August 31st, 2007 (01:34 am)
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current mood: scared

Just finished watching Hontoni Atta Kowai Hanashi 2007... (True Scary Stories) >.<; What am I doing watching summer horrors at ~midnight?? Common sense apparently ran away on me. *sigh* Some of the stories were pretty freaky although I seem to remember the previous incarnations woman from TV when I was in Japan last year. ^^;; Now, the question is whether I sleep with the lights out or not. Yes, I'm a bit of a chicken when it comes to these sorts of things. :P There was one story towards the end that takes place in a hospital and the nurses all acted as though it's essentially a given that weird and creepy things will happen because they work in "that sort of place" (sic hospitals where death is a given). ......Dare I ask people out there who do work in hospitals if there is an unusually high incidence of weird and inexplicable happenings? ...Or maybe I don't want to know. ^^;

Anyhow, I should think about staring at the ceiling for a while. ^^;; Next time I decide to watch something like this, I'll have to remember to watch while it's still reasonably early. >.>


Posted by: Maria (reynardine)
Posted at: August 31st, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)

Well, midnight may not be the best time to watch them, but I do love a scary story! ;-D

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 31st, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)

*laughs* Yeah, early evening would've been fine as it would've given me enough time to get over what I'd watched and think more rationally. Watching and then going to bed is a bit silly. As it is, certain things did invade the brain but not in a frightening way. ^^;;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 31st, 2007 08:15 am (UTC)
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*pets* Still, there's something to be said for scaring the heck out of yourself. Preferably with lots of daylight following.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 31st, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)

*laughs* Yeah, just not right before bed. ^^;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 31st, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
deep thoughts (feathered - obsessiveicon

So, aside from scary, it was good? I should see if there is a version with subs? (for watching in bright sunlight, of course!)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)

^^; It was fun. I don't know if anyone's done a sub of it since it's live action, and it only came out the night I posted about it. :P It was a fun watch though. ^_^

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: August 31st, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)

What am I doing watching summer horrors at ~midnight??

Trying to make sure the summer heat doesn't affect you. =P

How does Tale of One-Hundred Candles work? That's a game, is it not and popular in Japan?

I find that most horror stories have various incarnations--that'd be a good essay if I ever need to write one...maybe my minor'll give me the opportunity. Or I could write it for fun. ^_^;; Sorry.

I bought a book of horror stories after Halloween at a great discount price and started reading it, and one story, written in first person (why I don't know, interactive doesn't always work when committing a horror story to paper, in my opinion) was about a guy doing something stupid and causing a fire in his house. Something with a beer bottle being tossed into a fire and an odd reaction.

Not remotely scary.

I stopped reading the book after that. ~_~

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 4th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)

......I guess. :P

How does Tale of One-Hundred Candles work? That's a game, is it not and popular in Japan?
Well, I dug around a bit and assume you're talking about the game hyaku monogatari. I don't know how popular it is now in Japan although J Wiki mentions how there's a story, manga, and movie by the same title. ^^;

Apparently there's a whole history behind the stories and how it's done, but a short-form of the method back in 1666 according to J Wiki is as follows:

A group of people get together on the night of the new moon and meet at one of the member's home. Three (and sometimes two) rooms are needed in the house.

The room the members are in is dark as is the room next to theirs. In the furthest room, 100 wicks are placed in a paper lantern, and a mirror is placed on a desk. Blue paper is used on the paper lantern. The participants wear blue clothes and enter the room without the swords. Other such dangerous items were also removed from the room. (It's said that some had a sword displayed in order to keep demons at bay.) It's best for the rooms to be in an L-shape.

When one story has been finished, the person would feel their way through the next room to the final room where the lantern was. They'd then remove one of the wicks from the lantern, put it out, look at their face in the mirror, then return to the original room. During that time, it's okay for the rest of the group to continue telling stories. The stories being told weren't necessarily ghost stories like in modern days so much as stories of strange occurrences.

This would then continue and upon completing the 100th story, the final wick would be extinguished resulting in true darkness, and an ayakashi is supposed to appear then. Candles started being used towards the end of the Edo period instead of wicks in a lantern, were placed in the middle of the meeting room, and one hundred stories supposedly were actually told.


In any case, I find ghost/horror stories are often quite variable. ^^; Some are really good, others... *shrug* A lot of it has to do with pacing. :P

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: September 5th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
batteries not included

OO! Where did you find that source? I've been poking around forever and I didn't find anything. >.< *fails*

Hyaku monogatari is pretty much the basis of my next GH story. ^_^

Admit it, if you're scared, you don't notice the heat. Until the chills wear off, that is. XD

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 5th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)

^^;; I have a slight advantage. Here's the original source though.


*laughs* ...True. ^^;

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