Japanese Urban Legends

Coin Locker

The Coin Locker is a Japanese urban legend about a young, unmarried woman who gives birth to a baby and decides that she can’t take care of it. It is also known as “Coin Locker Baby”.

There was a young woman who lived alone. She started dating a handsome young man and she thought everything was perfect. Then, one day, she discovered that she was pregnant. When she told the young man, he was furious and broke up with her on the spot. She was left to deal with it on her own.

The young woman was too immature to be a mother. She knew her parents would be angry at her if they found out and there was no one else she could confide in. She didn’t have any close relatives who could help her and she couldn’t imagine bringing the child up alone. She decided to keep her pregnancy a secret.

For the next 9 months, she wore baggy clothing to hide her swollen belly. Whenever anyone noticed something strange, she just told them she was putting on weight.

Instead of going to a hospital, she quietly gave birth to the baby at home.

The next morning, she put the baby in a bag and brought it down to the central train station. She saw a row of coin lockers standing against one wall. The young woman placed her baby inside one of the coin lockers.

She knew she was doing a terrible thing and muttered, “I’m sorry… I’m sorry…” over and over again. Then, she closed the door of the locker and left.

The sound of the baby’s crying was drowned out by the hustle and bustle of the busy train station.

Over the next few years, the woman gradually forgot about what she had done and went on with her life.

However, one day, she happened to be passing through the train station and noticed a small boy standing in front of the coin lockers. He was all alone and he was crying. People were walking back and forth and nobody seemed to be paying any attention to him.

The young woman felt sorry for him. She thought he must have gotten separated from his parents, so she went over to speak to him.

“What’s wrong?” she asked.

The boy didn’t answer. He just kept crying.

“Are you lost?” she asked.

The boy kept crying.

“Where is your mother?” she asked.

The boy suddenly stopped crying and looked up at her, his eyes burning with anger.

“It’s you!” he shouted.

A few years later, workmen were doing some renovation on the train station. When they removed some of the coin lockers, they found something very puzzling inside… The skeletal remains of a young woman and a baby.

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