Next Episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories is
Season 6 / Episode 7 and airs on 17 August 2018 17:05
Akin to TV Tokyo's Folktales from Japan, Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories takes a narrative format to explore the rich occult history from Japan, moreover, the storytelling techniques in this brand new series will mimic kamishibai – a traditional storytelling technique inspired by the artistic usage of paper figures and scrolls. "Yamishibai is a picture-story style of animation whose motif is surrounded and based off the rumors, and urban legends throughout the history of Japan".
A salaryman, Hideaki, has just returned home to his apartment when he feels the wind blow. He enters his room and finds the balcony door wide open. Mumbling on how he forgot to close it, he takes a bath. Suddenly, he hears the wind blow again. He leaves the tub and finds the balcony door open again. He shuts it, wondering how that happened. Suddenly, the phone rings. He answers it; it's his aunt. While talking, he looks around the apartment for any intruders. He asks her what's up and that he saw her at the funeral for Asami, who died a month ago. His aunt told him that she's just worried and that she hopes he's not doing anything rash. He tells her he's fine, and he hangs up but not before she tries to tell him about something else... Suddenly, he hears the balcony door open again. He tries to close it again, but this time, it won't budge. All at once, a fierce wind rips through the door, sending him flying onto his back and scattering his possessions about; one of them is a picture of Asami which breaks upon impact. The phone rings again and he answers it, thinking it's his aunt again. Instead, all he hears is static and a voice telling him, "Die." He asks of it's Asami, but the voice just repeats the word, "Die." Hide breaks, and confesses that it was because he was too lazy to save Tarou that she died in the car accident. He asks if she wants him to die as well. However, the voice on the phone becomes clearer. Instead of telling him to die, it's telling him, "Don't...don't close...don't close it..." A piece of paper blows onto his lap. It reads, "Promise! If Tarou-chan isn't here, leave the door open a bit!" The balcony door opens again and something walks in. He starts laughing, realizing that was the reason the door was open. Tarou, the black cat looks up at him, purrs and meows.
A couple who has just recently gotten married moves to a small village in the countryside where the husband once lived as a child. On the way to the village, the husband explains about a "swamp offering", a custom the villagers have held for generations. A person tosses their most valuable possession into the swamp so that when disaster strikes, the object will act as a scapegoat. The husband explains as a kid, he and his friends didn't want to toss their toys into the swamp, so they would throw junk in it instead. The kids were told if they were lying, the Muddy would come and take them into the swamp. The couple stays at the husband's family's house, where the mother tells the wife that she must obey the rules. The wife immediately becomes the target of harsh criticism from the husband's mother, who reprimands her for wearing the wedding ring while washing the dishes. She takes the ring, an heirloom of the wife's mother. At dinner, it is revealed that the village still does the swamp offering custom. On the way to the swamp, the husband apologizes to his wife for getting her dragged into this and tells her to throw in whatever; she brought the pen she once had at school. They arrive at three trees tied together with Shimenawa rope and are told by the village elder to toss the items into the swamp. They do so, and watch the items sink. Suddenly, the wife notices the husband's mother toss one item being into the swamp: her wedding ring. The mother explains that it doesn't have to be your own most prized possession to be tossed into the swamp so long as it's a most prized possession or the Muddy will come and take the thing you really prized the most. In tears, the wife runs away. Back at home, the husband tells her that his mother will apologize. The wife then says it's no need, since it was her fault. She made the decision to be his wife, so she just needs to treasure her more like she said... The next morning, the husband goes to wake up his mother, only to find a trail of mud leading to her room. While the husband looks for her, the wife, with a smile on her face and her wedding ring back on her bloodstained hand mumbles, "Mother, where could you have gone? You are my most precious mother. I wanted you to teach me so many things... Did you get angry and leave because I'm a terrible wife? I'm sorry...my most precious mother..." The story ends with the trail of mud leading back to the swamp, which bubbles, and the mother's words, "...or the Muddy will come and take the thing you really treasure most..." Like the mother said, it didn't have to be the wife's own precious thing. She could use her husband's.
Kanji Tsuda(Story teller)
Looks like something went completely wrong!
But don't worry - it can happen to the best of us,
- and it just happened to you.
Please try again later or contact us.