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Gakko No Kaidan

2019/07/25

Not to be confused with Toshi Densetsu (urban legend) or Natsu No Kowai Hanashi (scary stories told during summer to give one the chills), Gakko No Kaidan are 'dubious stories' / urban legends that take place in schools. These are very popular with students, all the way from elementary to high school. There's just something that pulls kids (even adults) into the unknown.


You might have heard of some of these before. If not, here's a description of some famous ones known to almost every student and teacher.


-Ninomiya Kinjiro Zou (The Statue of Ninomiya Sontoku): there is a statue of a boy with a rucksack, reading a book in front of many schools. At night time he likes to wander around the school - so if you walk pass a school in the evening, and the statue is not on the pedestal, chances are that he's just gone for a stroll!


-Kyofu No Kaidan (Stairs of Fear): like many urban legends, there are a few versions. Here are two. First one is, at midnight, an extra step appears on the staircase, and if you step on it 'something' will happen. The other one is, on Friday the 13th at 4 o'clock, if you walk all the way from 1st floor to 4th floor without break, you'll be stuck in a loop of stairs forever. Guess I'll just take the elevator!


-Toire No Hanako San (Hanako San of the Toilet): go to the 3rd floor toilets, in order from closest to furthest cubicle, knock three times and ask "Hanako San, irasshaimasuka?" for each door. On the last one there should be a reply, "Hai". If you open that door, a girl in a red skirt and white blouse with a bob-style hair cut, will grab you and pull you down the toilet. Other versions of this exist, but just be careful not to open the door!


-Other strange happenings around the school: eyes of the portraits in the music room following you around; having your leg pulled during swimming classes; skeleton or anatomical model in science room moving around by itself at night; sounds of balls bouncing when gym is empty; sound of piano playing when music room is empty; the mirror that doesn't show your reflection...


There are way too many, but these are the ones that my students were telling me about before they went off on their summer break. Feel free to go for a walk around the school during your break some time and experience these yourselves!  


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