Japan’s tsunami-ravaged areas reportedly haunted

Japan’s post-disaster reconstruction efforts hindered – by ghosts – Telegraph.

Numerous reports of ghost sightings have reportedly been made by residents in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture, home to nearly a fifth of all tsunami fatalities.

Reconstruction and repair have been put on hold in some instances due to workers’ fears that the spirits of the dead who passed away a year ago will bring them bad luck if they continue, according to AFP.

Highlighting one half-repaired supermarket, local Satoshi Abe, 64, told the agency: “I heard people working to repair the store became sick because of ghosts. People died here everywhere, here and there. The city is full of such stories.”

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The article notes that the ghost stories of souls latching onto people trying to work there or visions of crowds running towards the high ground may be a way to deal with the tragedy of so many deaths. Ghosts are historically part of the human culture; they evolve just as our culture does depending on the purposes we need them to serve.

There are reasonable explanations to the ghost tales but instead, people interpret them in their own way.

For such a tremendous catastrophe this is not unexpected.

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  1. Tom
    March 1, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Japanese religion doesn’t seem to frown on ghost stories like the Judeo-Christian tradition. And in legend, their ghosts are MEAN. After what they’ve been through, whatever helps them cope…

    • March 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      I was thinking of this too. Ghosts are of high cultural value to them. WAY more interesting than our lame spooks.

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