Ghosts in Japan

The Japanese survivors fear the spirits of the dead, and who can blame them? The Tsunami was a terrible devastating event that no one will ever fully recover from. I want to share the following reports with you.

Whole neighbourhoods full of people were killed by the Japanese tsunami. There are rumours of ghosts in Ishinomaki as the city struggles to come to terms with the awful tragedy.

One reconstruction project appears stalled because of fears the undead spirits of those who perished will bring bad luck.

“I heard people working to repair the store became sick because of ghosts,” Satoshi Abe, 64, said, gesturing to a half-repaired supermarket.

“People died everywhere, here and there. The city is full of such stories,” he said.

Workers involved in rebuilding are scared the spirits of the dead might bring them bad luck. There are many reports of ghost sightings from Ishinomaki city in Miyagi prefecture, home to nearly a fifth of all tsunami fatalities.

As ghost stories abound, fears are spreading. Cabbies aren’t plying to some areas fearing they’ll pick up spirits of the dead, while residents claim they’ve seen hordes of “people” run towards the hills as they would have while seeking higher ground when the tsunami struck on March 11, 2011. While psychologists try to grapple with such paranormal phenomena, some businesses are, however, reopening.
Japan is a very traditional society, but the Japanese have also pioneered some of the world’s most innovative advances in automation and gadgetry. It seems strange they should be beset by ghost fears, but therapists say such fears are often a side effect of natural calamities. For most of us, irrespective of faith, death is usually not easy to comprehend. Philosophers have tried over centuries to explain human mortality, but it gets that much harder to understand when a disaster of epic proportions strikes. As the patient Japanese try to recover, they might even see the ghosts positively, as part of a healing process. The rest of us can only wish them well.


We can only pray for the souls of those who lost their lives and hope they found peace.




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