“Kowabana” is a shortened form of “kowai hanashi,” Japanese scary stories. Here I translate various kowai hanashi from 2chan and Japanese blogs for the English speaking world to enjoy. Be warned: like English scary stories most start with a good idea but have little to no pay-off. They’re translated and presented as-is (although I do try to find the good ones!).

I’ve always enjoyed horror and like many had my first real experience with Japanese horror with movies such as Ringu and Ju-on. I studied Japanese at university and then spent 10 years living and working in the Japanese countryside. This site is a way to keep using my Japanese and do something I love!

If you have any questions, comments or requests feel free to leave a comment and enjoy the blog!


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