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Washing Ashore

Author: Ukari (translated with author’s permission, please visit their website to see the original Japanese works!)

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This happened in I Prefecture.

After a typhoon passed, a dead body washed up on the beach. It was naked and there was nothing to identify who it was. There were no large injuries on the body, so the cause of death was thought to be drowning.

At the same time, the remains of a ship were also discovered washed ashore, but it was nothing more than shattered pieces of wood, so it wasn’t very helpful to investigations.

But what disturbed people most was the size of the dead body. It was apparently more than 10 metres tall.

I went to see the body once I heard the rumours, but sadly I wasn’t able to. It seemed that while they were debating what to do with the corpse, it started to rot and let off a terrible smell, so they dismembered and cremated it.


Original Japanese

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