KUCHISAKE-ONNA, A GHOST OF JAPAN
- Kuchisake-onna (The Slit-Mouthed Woman)
- This Japanese ghost is a beautiful woman in a surgical mask.
- She approaches victims at remote train or bus stations at night and asks, “Am I beautiful?”
- If the victim says ‘yes,’ she removes the mask, revealing a gaping, Joker-like bloody smile.
- If the victim than says ‘no,’ she pulls out a butcher’s knife and slices the victim’s face like her own.
- Though the legend is ancient, Kuchisake-onna had a revival in the 1970s, when scores of schoolchildren in Nagasaki Prefecture began reporting sightings, causing police to believe there was a female psychopath on the loose.