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BS1 Sun. Aug. 13

Kaidan

Kaidan is a feature of Japan’s summer. Japanese people enjoy scary stories as a form of entertainment, which is a sense that is different from foreigners. Kaidan have been standard in kabuki and rakugo from long ago. In the summer there are events all around Japan, such as gathering to tell each other kaidan and kaidan tours. Unique sounds that express scariness, such as “hyudoro” with flutes and drums, are also different from overseas. Are Japanese people who enjoy kaidan in the summer as a form of entertainment cool?

Our foreign guest went to see a gathering where people tell kaidan that are true stories.
Do the sounds used in kaidan to make people feel scared seem scary to foreigners as well?
Our foreign guest participated in the Matsue Ghost Tour in Shimane Prefecture that is held to revitalize the town.