The sky seemed strangely red

The other day my new car was delivered so I decided to take it out for a spin and went to the nearby mountains.

Even though they’re nearby I’ve never driven there before, so I enjoyed the new road for a while.

Then the road started to get smaller, and on the side of the road I could see lots of little shrine gates (about 30cm high), and ropes tied around trees, and the sky started turning this strange colour of red.

I started talking to the person in the passenger seat, “Isn’t it scary? Maybe we should go back, haha.” “If you weren’t here I’d be so scared,” and so on.

I was driving alone. No one else should have been in the car, but I was undoubtedly having a conversation with someone.

Then, no matter how much I drove the road just continued on and on and I was getting more and more scared.

I didn’t want whoever was next to me to notice that I was scared (I was probably embarrassed about it) so I acted like nothing was wrong and kept on driving.

Eventually the road started to widen again and I arrived back in the residential area.

At the same time the fog cleared from my mind and I realised how strange the whole situation was, so I took a different road home.

Yesterday I drove through that same road during the daytime but without seeing any of the shrine gates or the long narrow road I soon arrived in the residential area.

I wonder if that was another dimension?
Either way, I promised myself to never drive that road at night again.

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The mountain pass onibi

On the way from Tokyo to Yamanashi there’s a road called “Wada Pass.”

It’s a famous mountain pass on the internet with rumours about ‘something appearing.’ My friend’s aunt had a strange experience there.

This aunt’s husband liked to go fishing and often went here and there.

The two of them were very friendly so she often went along with him.

They drove through Wada Pass several times.

“Wada Pass is kinda scary. Going from Tokyo to Yamanashi is okay, but the return leg is creepy. If the windows are open I always close them. It feels like something might come inside.”

On this particular day they went to Yamanashi to go fishing, and passed through Wada Pass late that night on their way home.

“Aahh, it’s the pass soon,” she thought, and when she looked outside she could see these blue lights shining in the trees.

“Are they fishermen?” she thought and turned her gaze away. But no matter how far the car drove, the lights were always in front of them.

“?????????”

It was a bit creepy, so she said to her husband, “Darling, are those torch lights? They keep following us.”

“I know,” he said. “But those things aren’t from humans.”

She then noticed the number of lights were increasing.

They were in front of and behind the car, like they were chasing it to surround it.

“Darling, go a bit faster.”

The aunt was spooked and closed her eyes so she wouldn’t have to see the blue lights.

It felt like forever before they got over the pass, she just kept praying to herself “faster, faster.”

Suddenly she felt the car going back downhill.

“We’ve passed it,” she thought and opened her eyes. Without a doubt they’d entered the Tokyo side of the mountain pass and were descending.

Fearfully she looked around but the lights were gone. She couldn’t see anything in the darkness of the trees.

Relieved, she noticed that she’d broken out in a cold sweat.

“It didn’t look like that often talked about plasma or anything. It seemed like it was alive…” she said, unsure of what they really were.

Something unfamiliar in the binoculars

A-san liked birdwatching, so he got in his car and went to the nearby mountains like he often did.
He was observing the birds in the early morning forest when, for a brief moment, he spotted something unfamiliar in his binoculars.

He looked over with his naked eye, but perhaps because of the distance he couldn’t really see anything.
A-san looked through the binoculars once more and shuddered.

On the other side of the lens he could see a strange figure, what appeared to be a clump of moss on human legs stumbling around clumsily.
The upper body was as though its head and arms had been shaved off, its legs pale in colour, and it was covered in mud.

Having gazed upon something he shouldn’t have A-san shivered. But then he noticed something that made him run and never return to the mountain again.

That strange thing in the distance was walking slowly with an unsteady gait, but without a doubt it was heading right for him.