Japanese Twitter freaked out by image of devil that appeared in slice of beef

Helpful commenters point out that the country’s souls are in no danger, however.

While Japanese food is often light and healthy fare, the country’s carnivorous foodies will tell you that the highest-quality meat is heavily marbled with fat. Restaurants and butchers will often promote their choicest cuts with photos like this.

To Japanese connoisseurs, those crisscrossing white lines may as well be a secret script spelling out “I’m delicious,” and are as beautiful as any piece of fine art hanging in a museum. However, Japanese Twitter user @zogu8011 recently tweeted a less inviting image hiding in a hunk of beef, which had been sliced through to reveal the devil himself waiting inside.

Actually, since the Japanese language lacks both a definite and singular indefinite article, we can’t be sure if @zogu8011 is tweeting that this is “the” devil or simply “a devil.” Either way, though, prominent horns, blood-red eyes, pointed ears, protruding bat wings, and twisted torso are all well-established aspects of devilish imagery.

Online comments from Japanese Twitter users included:

“Freaky. I’m drenched in sweat looking at this.”
“I bet you could process meat to be like this on purpose, like they do with Kintaro candies.”
“Maybe it’s a devil named ‘Calories.’”
“Does…he have a drill-shaped dick?”

However, it’s worth noting that unlike in some other countries, where people have reported seeing Jesus in potato chips and tortillas, religious figures generally don’t bother to make an appearance in food in Japan (except for the times when confectioners purposely make sweets that look like Buddha). And in keeping with that, a number of commenters on @zogu8011’s tweet pointed out that the image is actually from a slice of beef cut in Mexico back in 2016.

So if you’re of the mindset that wagyu beef is so heavenly good it could never be sullied by the devil’s presence, you’re still right. And if the meaty vision of the dark one is still giving you nightmares, you can always do like this Japanese Twitter user did…

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…and choose to see it as an awesomely adorable kitty cat instead.

Sources: Twitter/@zogu8011, Huffington Post, Excelsior
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Japanese deliveryman delivers beating and justice to knife-wielding criminal in Tokyo【Video】

After suspect steals police officer’s weapon and turns it against him, employee of company with cute cat mascot joins fight on streets of Tokyo.

Slightly before 10 a.m. on Monday morning, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s Himonya Precinct received an emergency call from a concerned citizen in the Nakane neighborhood. Located in Meguro Ward on the southwest side of Tokyo, Nakane is a quiet residential community…or at least it’s usually quiet.

On this morning a 50-something man had been seen walking down the street and randomly swinging a knife around, and apparently not because he had some pencils that needed sharpening. Two officers quickly arrived on the scene, but the man became combative, shouting and continuing to swing the blade around, causing the police to move in for the arrest, which was captured in this dramatic video by Twitter user @Azsa2go.

As the video open, a female police officer, seen in the foreground, commands the suspect to “Drop the knife!” Meanwhile, her male colleague closes ground on the man’s flank, but the suspect grabs the male police officer’s long baton away from him, turning the weapon on the officer.

The female officer rushes in to help her partner, and they’re quickly joined by another man who begins raining occipital blows upon the suspect, punching him in the back of the head so hard that the sound of the weighty thwacks carries across the street to where the video is being filmed. However, you might notice that instead of the dark blue outfits of the two regular police officers, this third man is dressed in a beige uniform and green cap.

▼ The man can be seen on the far right of the group here.

So why the different uniform? Is this powerful pugilist part of the SWAT team, or some sort of team of bare-knuckled combat specialists the Tokyo Metropolitan Police has dress differently so would-be criminals know the law’s fists of fury are coming for them?

Nope. The man in beige is dressed differently because he’s not a police officer at all. He’s a deliveryman for Yamato Transport, Japan’s most famous courier company.

▼ Special delivery – five punches to the head.

The way the deliveryman leaps into the fray makes it hard to believe he’s employed by the same company that has its workers wear cute paw-print work gloves and once made a giant kitty robot that dispensed presents in exchange for nose rubs. But yep, he just happened to be making his morning work runs when the incident occurred, and figured that while he was delivering packages, he might as well deliver justice as well.

With this, Yamato Delivery challenges rival courier company Sagawa Express’ title as “toughest delivery people in Japan,” and also repays the debt of duty from the time the police helped out Yamato when it was having trouble Japan’s wannabe supervillain Chainsaw Man. However, we must stress that in times of emergency, your first call should still be to the police, because despite the fearless actions of the deliveryman seen in the video, it isn’t like all Yamato employees are coiled springs of righteousness just waiting for the opportunity to literally fight crime. Watch the video all the way to the end, and you’ll see a second Yamato deliver person pass in front of the camera, and this guy pretty much ignores the mid-street brawl as he continues pushing his delivery cart.

Packages ain’t gonna deliver themselves, after all.

Source: Twitter/@Azsa2go via Jin, Yomiuri Online
Images: Twitter/@Azsa2go

Mom shares life-changing tip to stop her kids from fooling around on her smartphone

Here’s one way to keep your kids’ hands off your phone…and possibly give them some nightmares to boot. 

Let’s get right to the point: Raise your hand if you’re an exasperated parent or caregiver. Now raise your other hand if your kids mess around on your phone and you’re sick of it.

If you fall into the latter camp, luckily Japanese Twitter user @kamanii24 has a piece of advice for you:

“Kids won’t fool around with your phone if you set the background to a picture of a Noh mask [能面]. I recommend it.”

Yikes! If you’re inherently creeped out by lifeless objects with human characteristics such as dolls and masks, then the picture above probably gave you quite a fright. Imagine what it would do to an unsuspecting child who sneakily picks up your phone to play a game of Candy Crush only to find something much more sinister!

So what exactly is this “Noh” referenced in the tweet above? Noh theater is the most ancient theatrical art–it’s part-acting, part-music, part-dance–performed in Japan to this day. A key element integral to each performance is a Noh mask worn by the main actor to represent the character he (or relatively recently compared to the art’s history, she) is portraying. That mask can be of the human, spiritual, or demonic variety, and if you ask us, all types are a little unsettling.

▼ Get a feel for the flavor of Noh with this clip from a play titled “The Death Stone.” Notice the distinctive movement of the actor in the second half of the video.

It seems that @kamanii24’s chosen Noh mask did the trick for a time but her kids eventually stopped being spooked by it. She posted a follow-up message two days later with a newly chosen mask:

▼ “The first one no longer works so I found a new one.”

Other net users left plenty of helpful suggestions for future Noh masks to use once her kids become unafraid of the second one:

“At this rate you’ll be using a Hannya [a jealous female demon] mask in two days!”

“I also recommend using Hashihime [“maiden of the bridge” – a jealous demon who inhabits bridges and waits for her lover to come]. It’s one step in terror before Hannya!”

“Are you gonna go with Sadako [of Ring fame] next week? I’d love to follow what happens next.”

“When I was a child at my grandparents’ house, there were real masks hung up in the large room where I slept that glared at me. This reminded me of being afraid back then for the first time in a while.”

“It would be awesome if you found a GIF where the eyes occasionally blink.”

For reference, here’s what a typical hannya mask looks like:

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If you decide to try this tactic with your kids, just make sure you remember what you’ve done…otherwise you might be in for a nasty shock when you get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night!

Source: Twicolle
Featured image: Twitter/@kamanii24

Japanese man wins fight against bear that attacked him by punching it right in the face

Never bring a bear to an opposable thumb fight.

Being an apple farmer in northern Tohoku’s Aomori Prefecture seems like a nice, peaceful job. You’re out in the natural world, away from all the clamoring trains and ringing phones of downtown Tokyo’s office district, and if your orchard happens to be in the city of Hirosaki, maybe some of the apples you grow will end up in some of the city’s famous apple pies.

So it’s likely when a 44-year-old employee at Hirosaki’s Kamisukisawa Apple Orchard was doing some work among the trees late last Wednesday afternoon, he was feeling pretty calm and stress-free. Of course, nothing amps up the tension in your workplace like the sudden appearance of wild bears, which is what happened next.

“At first, I just thought ‘No way,’” the man says. “First the two cubs came out of the brush, and I stated to move away. But then the parent came out, and it noticed me.”

Considering the circumstances, we’ll forgive the man for not having the perceptiveness to determine whether it was Mama Bear or Papa Bear who was taking care of the kids that day. He did, however, manage to roughly estimate its size as about one meter (3.3 feet) in length before the parent charged at him.

“When it started coming at me, I tried to run away, but I slipped and fell,” the man says, having reacted in the same way that most of us would when suddenly confronted by an animal from the upper food chain echelons. However, it turns out that his initial fight-or-flight decision wasn’t the one-and-only answer to his dilemma. As the bear reached him, the man, acting on instinct, stick out a fist and hit the bear square on the nose.

That was as much roughhousing as the bear was in the mood for, and it quickly turned and ran off into the surrounding mountains, taking its two cubs with it.

▼ “Whoa, dude, nobody said anything about punching!”

The man was out of danger, having suffered no injuries, not even to his pride, as he now joins the small (yet still surprisingly large) group of Japanese men who can claim to have defeated a bear in one-on-one, hand-to-paw combat. However, since the incident took place 800 meters (0.5 miles) away from a junior high school, the local hunting club is asking for permission to set up a cage to catch the bear, out of concern for the safety of the children (though the plan would likely also boost the city’s honey security).

Source: Livedoor News/Nitele News 24 via Hachima Kiko
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A Finger-lickin’ Phantom? Terrifying statue haunts Japanese Twitter user biking home

A Japanese user shared a terrifying tale of a ghostly gentleman who appeared to accost him – and according to the Internet, he’s a repeat offender.

It was an ordinary night, or so Twitter user @eastbighelp thought. Just an average night, one of many in his average life as a relatively popular adult manga artist on Twitter.

But it turned out to be far from it. As the artist continued his bike ride home, his bike lamp hit a strange shape in the foliage by the roadside. The scream of surprise escaped his lips before he had the chance to suppress it: who would be standing out in the road this late at night? Why would they be wearing a full suit, and a white suit at that?

Worst of all, if you look closely at this gentleman’s weathered, pallid form, you can see that a little yellow sign is pasted to his front, reading 子供に注意!!which means “Watch out for children!” Surely the children need to watch out for this unsettling fellow instead. We don’t think those arms are outstretched to hand over a Family Feast bucket!

Comments poured in from similarly terrified users, and one user provided snapshots of their own close encounter of the concrete kind in the thread.

“There’s this thing in Amagasaki…”

A commenter replied with “Is that Riki Takeuchi?” before being rebuffed with “Elvis Presley, but it sure does look like Riki Takeuchi, huh…”

▼ You might know Mr. Takeuchi as the teacher from the Battle Royale sequel.

Eventually someone popped up to say “Here’s a picture of the same statue from three years ago.”

The linked tweet, which was posted on November 26 2014, shows close-up photographs of a rain-weathered statue with the following caption:

“Here’s a Colonel Sanders statue, found in Kakamigahara in Gifu prefecture, that stayed out in the rain too long. Even his face is painted white, but the neck-tie is still black for some reason? The paint is peeling and even his glasses look trashed. The “Watch out for kids!” sign just makes it more terrifying! I have serious chills…
I think maybe the Colonel Sanders statue from Dotonbori found a new job?”

This is a reference to one of the most famous sports urban legends in Japan, “The Curse of Colonel Sanders“. Partying Hanshin Tigers fans celebrated the team’s 1985 triumph at the national Championship Series by uprooting the local KFC’s statue of the good Colonel and tossing him into the Dotonbori river, which resulted in an infamous losing streak for the team that lasted nearly two decades.

If scaring passers-by is what he’s doing with his free time since being recovered from the depths of Dotonbori, no wonder so many users were commenting to the tune of “throw him back in the river”.

▼ Don’t worry: he doesn’t have the “Watch out for kids!” sign, so it’s a totally different creepy statue.

All that terror really got my stomach growling. Anyone for chicken?

Featured image: Twitter/@eastbighelp
Insert image: Wikimedia Commons/Ogiyoshisan
Source: Twitter/@eastbighelp via Togech

Real Japanese horror story: a specimen shelf at a Kagoshima high school held a real human skull

These high school students won’t have any shortage of material for their next summer camp excursion, that’s for sure.

There are few pieces of apparatus as definitive to the science classroom as bones. Whether it’s a full-sized skeleton or just the skull, those plastic replicas do a full body’s work in educating our kids about bone structure (and also freaking them out).

▼ “Good morning, class!”

For the students of Tsurumaru High School in Kagoshima prefecture, the skull on their classroom’s specimen shelf wasn’t a replica. Way back in July 2016, a teacher found the skull in the school’s biology lecture hall and immediately reported it to the police. They examined it, determined it to be unmistakably human, and set about finding the skull’s identity.

It turns out that it’s pretty hard to identify a skull, especially an old one, so the skull was given a civic cremation and burial under the alias “Departed Traveler“. A pretty fitting moniker, considering no one knows exactly how this skull made its way into a high school without the rest of the body attached to it.

According to a formal statement released by the governmental gazette on June 5, the skull belonged to a woman who passed away about 50 years ago. Any other information is still shrouded in mystery, including all the specifics of her journey across time to land in a lecture hall.

Naturally, the reignited topic of the teacher’s ghoulish discovery is rattling people’s bones all over social media. Pop singer-songwriter Midori Karashima had her own recollections from when she attended the high school in her youth.

“What a shock! Perhaps this is why the students always complained about it while cleaning that lecture hall… “It’s so detailed, it almost seems real…” “That’s because it is real, duh!” Both I and my older brother took classes with that skull! Someone please solve the mystery about its origins!”

Other comments ranged from the sympathetic (“Terrifying!”) to the sympathetic (“We had some ancient dissected frogs up in formaldehyde back in junior high, but this is something else…”) to the downright ghoulish (“You know what this means! The rest of her skeleton is hidden around the school somewhere!”)

▼ “Why couldn’t someone have moved me to the art room?”

We hope that more information gets dug up about this mysterious woman from decades past, so that her spirit can rest properly. At least she’s not trapped eternally reliving biology classes from high school. Talk about a terrifying concept.

For more stories of body parts cropping up in unusual places, this singing child has you covered. While we’re on the topic, have you ever wondered what Pikachu’s skeleton would look like? A kindly teacher answered that question too.

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Source: Yahoo! News Japan/ Huffpost via Hachima Kikou

“Ghost photo” shows Kyoto’s breathtaking Fushimi Inari Shrine can be bone-chilling at night

And that flash of light isn’t even the scariest part of the snapshot.

In the span of a few years, Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine has gone from being relatively unknown to foreign travelers to being one of their favorite destinations in Japan. And its popularity is well-deserved, as wandering through the hillside tunnels of thousands of Shinto torii gates makes for a beautiful, unforgettable experience, especially if the late afternoon sunlight is filtering through the gaps in the torii.

However, Fushimi Inari can feel a little less inviting once the sun goes down. Just like many Western horror tales are set in or around secluded churches, Japan has a long tradition of ghost stories that take place at rural shrines. The higher you climb along Fushimi Inari’s pathways, the farther you get from the light of the city, which can make it feel like the world of the living is also growing distant, which brings us to a creepy snapshot taken by Japanese Twitter user @mcoscam.

“I was taking photos at Fushimi Inari Shrine at night, and I ended up with this freaky one…So scared I’m about to cry…”

“What happened?” asked a shocked commenter, to which @mcoscam replied “That’s what I want to know!”

Following the ghostly streak of light its farthest point from the lens, it seems to stop at a hanging lantern, or perhaps the brightest part of the reflection of the camera’s flash. Somehow this light source then got smeared in an undulating arc when the image was captured. That’s got to be what’s going on, right? After all, ghosts aren’t real…

…is what we keep trying to convince ourselves as we look at this subtly startling portion of @mcoscam’s photo, which escaped our notice until another Twitter user shared a zoomed-in version.

Once again, though, this looks to be a trick of the light, though one with a connection to local religious customs. See, each of the torii at Fushimi Inari is paid for by a donor, often a business looking to curry favor with Inari, the Shinto god of commerce. Torii are added as donations are made, which means that adjacent gates may actually have been installed several years apart from each other, and so their paint, metal fittings, and other components will be in different states of weathering and/or disrepair. As a result, the surfaces of the torii tunnels don’t reflect light uniformly, which can cause irregular shapes like the “silhouette” seen in the photos above.

So as spooky as @mcoscam’s photo may be, this probably isn’t concrete proof that the shrine is haunted. As a matter of fact, some of @mcoscam’s other photos from that night show that Fushimi Inari has a unique beauty after dark, which we also saw when we took a look at its midsummer Motomiya Festival.

Still, if you decide to plan your trip to Fushimi Inari for early enough in the day so that you’ll be done before sundown, we won’t blame you.

Source: Twitter/@mcoscam via Hachima Kiko
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