I saw something strange yesterday on my way home

I went to our company’s year-end party yesterday and saw something strange on my way home. I got off at the closest station and was walking home when suddenly everything got foggy. I could barely see 20 metres ahead.

I only live about 10 minutes from the station, so I was a little worried, but whatever. Then I saw something in the distance coming towards me. It looked like a person, but it wasn’t just one person. There were several.

When they got closer, I saw it was a bride wearing a kimono. It was white, and she had traditional wedding headgear on as well. On either side of the woman were two men wearing black hakama, and behind them were two women dressed like Shinto priestesses, holding the hem of her kimono while walking. Behind them was a group of about 10 people, their faces down-turned. Their clothes and even ages were different. There was an old guy in a suit, a high school girl, and even an old lady in Japanese-style clothing.

‘What’s going on? Why now?’ I wondered, but at any rate I stepped back and watched the group go past. Nobody said a word; they were completely silent. All I could hear was the sound of fabric softly rubbing.

After they passed me, they stopped in front of someone’s house and all turned towards the gate, deeply bowing their heads. Then, one by one, they made their way up to and into the house. I stood there for a while, just watching, and next thing I knew it was getting light out. I went home, took a shower and went to bed.

Then today, as I was walking past the same spot again, I saw a wake was taking place at the house the group stopped in front of. I’m so scared that I can’t sleep.

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