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Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Tokyo: What spooks you in Japan?


By JULIAN PETERS

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Mike Hannah
Mechanic, 30 (Australian)
Being followed. It's always been a nightmare. To think that someone is lurking about outside your house while you are doing something as normal as cooking a steak.

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Yumiko Shiga
International sales, 25 (Japanese)
I don't really like elementary schools. When we are young in Japan we hear creepy stories about kindergarten schools. Now I don't like them and want to run from them!

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Yuko Abumi
Trainee flight attendant, 25 (Japanese)
I can't think of a specific place, but I hate tunnels in general. I've seen an anime which used tunnels to evoke fear. It's the trapped feeling that gets me.

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Filip Legrand
Delivery driver, 35 (Belgian)
In a temple on Miyajima, in the basement you must look for a key in the dark. After a couple of minutes it becomes pretty scary, especially as you must venture out into the middle.

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Dalynna Jun Moser
Kindergarten teacher, 25 (American)
The first time I saw a cockroach I cried for 10 minutes, then killed it. They are ugly and hard to kill. This one took 30 minutes, with all its hiding.

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Rieko Genka
Museum attendant, 28 (Japanese)
Its not quite Halloween, but the men in Kabukicho who ask you questions and stop you on the street are pretty weird and scary — the masters of fake temptation.

Living outside Tokyo and interested in gathering views in your neighborhood? E-mail community@japantimes.co.jp

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