Final Day

23 Oct

Of my attempt to organize this month’s post somehow. J-horror for 3 days…hmmm. Now I have many J-horror movies I want to see but haven’t, so I will post about one of those today. Gasp!

Food: Snickerdoodles

Halloween 097

These snickerdoodles stayed too pale and were too dry. As lame as that it, they look pretty awesome.

Film: Kuchisake-Onna (Carved or The Slit Mouthed Woman)

This movie, although I have yet to see it appears to be pretty disturbing. The legend (copied from Wikipedia):

The legend is said to originate with a young woman who lived hundreds of years ago (some versions of the legend state the Heian period) and was either the wife or concubine of a samurai. She is said to have been very beautiful but also very vain, and possibly cheating on her husband. The samurai, extremely jealous and feeling cuckolded, attacked her and slit her mouth from ear to ear, screaming “Who will think you’re beautiful now?”

The urban legend picks up from this point, stating that a woman roams around at night (especially during foggy evenings), with her face covered by a surgical mask, which would not be especially unusual, as people with colds often wear masks for the sake of others in Japan. When she encounters someone (primarily children or college students), she will shyly ask, “Am I beautiful?” (“Watashi kirei?“). If the person answers yes, she will take off her mask and say, “Even like this?” (“Kore demo?“). At this point, if the victim answers “No,” she will slay them or cut their mouths to resemble hers (in many versions, her weapon is a pair of scissors). If the victim tells her she is pretty a second time, she follows the victim home and slays them at the doorway to their residence, due to the fact that “kirei” (きれい), Japanese for ‘pretty,’ is a near homophone of “kire” (切れ), the imperative form of “to cut”. In other versions of the myth if you reply yes after she removes the mask she will give you a large blood soaked ruby and walk away.

During the seventies, the urban legend went that if the victim answers “You’re average”, they are saved. When the urban legend was revived around 2000, the answer that would save you was changed to “so-so,” with the change that this answer causes the kuchisake-onna to think about what to do, and her victim can escape while she is in thought. Another way to escape while the Kuchisake-Onna is distracted is to throw candy or other sweets at her, or simply offer her candy. One other way is to ask her if you are pretty. She will get confused and leave.

I love a good urban legend.

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