Category Archives: Weird tales

Sometimes humorous, but always unsettling, weird tales help illuminate the darker corners of our lives.

Yotaro and the Tanuki 狸と与太郎

Another story featuring the mischievous Tanuki and its shape-shifting powers. A classic tale by author Yumeno Kyūsaku, who was known for his wildly imaginative works in the early Shōwa period of Japan.

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The Idiot Express 馬鹿な汽車

It seems that even train conductors have plenty to deal with on the job. Author Toshiyama Yoshi tells us a tale of a close call in the middle of the night.

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Mysterious Town 謎の街

A tale of a man in a foreign city by Tai Matsumoto, an author well known for his detective novels. As nice as San Francisco really is, any place can feel strange if you’re a stranger yourself.

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The Red Candle 赤い蝋燭

A delightful little tale from Niimi Nankichi. Very few things sound quite as much fun as a group of furry animals and some fireworks.

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Char 岩魚の怪

A delightful little piece by master storyteller Tanaka Kōtarō, who wrote a huge number of “unsettling” tales in the early Showa era.

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