Japanese Urban Legends


Hanako San is a Japanese urban legend about the ghost of a young girl that’s supposed to haunt school toilets, opening and closing doors and scaring anyone who enters the bathroom, knocks on her stall, and calls her name.


Hanako, the ghost in the toilet almost achieved the status of a national phenomena in Japanese legend 20 years ago, when a wave of stories of ghost-sightings swept through the nation’s school yards.

Every child had a “Hanako” story to tell. The stories, of course, are many and varied but every schoolchild in Japan, at one time or another, has stood in dread and anticipation as he or she ventured into the school toilet alone.

This is similar to the legend of Kashima Reiko, a female ghost without legs who also lives in school bathrooms. She calls out “Where are my legs?” when people enter the bathroom. The correct way to answer her varies. In one version, you have to say: Kashima Reiko: KA = Kamen (Mask), SHI = Shinin (dead person), MA=Ma (Demon).

Yet another version features Aoi Manto or Aka Manto, a male ghost who waits in the last stall in the girls’ bathroom. Anyone entering the bathroom hears a voice asking, “Which do you prefer, the red paper or the blue paper?”

If they pick “red,” he kills them by slashing their back or neck repeatedly with a blade, to make them look like they’re wearing a red cape. If they pick “blue,” then they’re killed by hanging.

He’s known as Aka Manto, Aoi Manto, Aoi Hanten, Aka Kami, and Aoi Kami.


  • Him: Red or blue?
    Me: White.
    Him: That’s not an option.
    Me: I don’t use dyed paper.
    Him: *stares and then poofs away*

  • A simple reply to AOI MANTO or AKA MANTO is here as follows:-

    Me:- *enters the last stall of bathroom*

    Aoi Manto:- Woahhh!!!! u scared the hell outta meeh!


    Aoi Manto:- I….i..i…….i..wanted…to…juzz…

    Me:- SHUT UP!!?! U CHEAP FELLOW!! HIDING IN GIRL’S TOILET JUST TO STALK GIRLS!!!YOU SHAMELESS IDIOT!!! GONNA KICK UR A## OUT! (please excuse my language) *punches him hard on face and knocks him dead*

    Me:- That’s the correct punishment for such shameless ghosts! geez….ghosts these days…

    Hope tht u like my short play….and luv u SFK

  • Hanako: Where are my legs?
    Me: How am I supposed to know?
    Hanako: Jeez I was just asking.
    Me: Then go ask someone else.
    Hanako: Ok boss, Bye Felicia!
    Me: Bye Felicia! Jeez i’m glad I got rid of her.

  • What’s with all these Japanese ghosts in bathroom stalls? The last one is also tricky. Aoi Manto: Which do you prefer, the red paper or the blue paper? Me: Umm *continues to stand there* Me: None Aoi Manto: *looks at me with confusion* Me: Well, now that I answered your question, I’m just gonna, ya know…leave *runs out*. Lol xD

  • There was also a school with a slide in the play ground that hanako san cursed and if your hand matches the hand print she left on the slide you will die

  • Reading 1 of the comments was scary about HlI being u know 💦💧💧🙀😦😧😟😰😱😨

  • It’s SCARY!!!!!!! tHE GIRL ITS SCARY and now I think I’m to scared to go o the bathroom

  • EXACTLY @slendy_iz_scary. What the hell would a dude be doing in the girls’ bathroom, I’m a girl and I think I will give HIM the red or blue or whatev paper.
    And what’s up with the bathroom stories

  • umm…. okay for the paper thing apparently colour determines people’s fates for some wicked reason o.o
    so i would love to have a cape but i would also like to see from a really good view x.x i’m confused why cant there be reception in bathrooms for the police!?!

  • how would she fit through the toilet pipes

    me: im going toilet
    her: omg im late and im stuck
    me: omg run!!!

  • and if the guy asks me what color I want im’a be like GET OUT OF THE GIRLS BATHROOM U FREAK!

  • If I saw that guy in the last stall i would give him a swirly! Btw i’m a girl so I’m gonna go in the last stall in my school bathroom and im’a be like Ako Manta u gotz some serious issuez! LOLZ XD

  • She lives in a toilet? No wonder she scares them off she doesn’t want anyone S****** on her head.

  • In one of these bathroom stories, if youanswer ‘yellow’, the ghost dunks your head into a toilet filled with pee..

  • That man in the girls loos sounds like a pedo or a perv…. Also, say yellow and get out of the girls bathroom if anyone says that to you. Lol, and what is it with bathrooms and ghosts, I mean, thats where bloody mary used to live, in OUR school bathroom. When I moved schools it seems Bloody mary lived in everyones school bathroom. Lol.

  • To the loo paper question, I would say ‘Yellow’ so he cant do either to me, then I would get out and hold it till I get home.

  • lol do a crap on her or a pee than that would make her more angry then she would lock the bathroom doors and kill it is really scary because my mum is from japan and I have watched a scary short about hanako san saying this is not a legend it is true!

  • I prefer white toilet paper. If a person wanted to do something that would either end up in your back getting slashed, or hanged, and someone really needed to do their business, where do u think they would besides the toilet? Lol

  • this is real don’t mess with it here’s my story: this girl at my school read this and was scared of the bathroom to prove her wrong i went in there and said, “i summon hanako san” nothing happened but when i got home that day something felt wrong and when i went to the bathroom i felt watched and when i was showering in the locker rooms at school the next day i saw this grudgey looking thing look at me and it turned its head and let out a groan i screamed at it saying ,”LEAVE!” then it just diapeared but now i am afraid of bathrooms everywhere not just school…..

  • Well if he said “What toilet paper do you prefer” I would be like… You pervert. Why are you in the girls toilets, go into the boys… Go you perverted ghost… You may be evil but I think you are an evil pervert… Your a disgrace to male evil things…”
    And then he would go away into the boys toilets. But if I had to pick, I would pick green because the ghost will make you puke. Puking is better than dieing… ROFL

  • I like da purple paper. Well, actually i like the white paper but then you’d probably be drained of all your blood, and purple might strangle you. o3o

  • It was more bout the other things than the girl she talks bout in da pic dont I think?
    Luv ya guys=o)

  • I really dont get what you have to say when she says”Where are my legs?” Can someone help me understand what to say

  • I saw this hanako story in one episode of tv program: Uso! Japan, where they researched it. From what I could understand it seems that the situation steems from a young girl who had been locked inside a tiny cottage with other people who seemed to be suffering some disease (or whatever it was) that caused their deaths, then a man came and set the cottage on fire while the girl begged to be left out (this was in old Japan period). Near the place where she died there was a group of kids playing hide and seek (Kakurenbo in japanese) in this game kids ask “Are you ready?” and the others who are hiding say “not Yet” and this goes on for a few times until they are ready, then the person seeking says “here I come”. So hearing this words the ghost took them on, that’s why when someone goes to the girls bathroom and knocks (4 times) on the 4th toilet stall at a certain time at night and asks “Are you ready?” she answers with “not yet”, until the time when she is ready and comes out and kills/grabs the kid that asked.

  • All these toilet stories about all school toilets being haunted, i read a story about ” the curse of the 3rd bathroom stall” and on wednesday i got stuck in the 3rd toilet stall so my bff had to struggle under the cubicle walls and try to pull the door open but we both got stuck but my other bff had to kick the door while my other bff pulled the lock and the door burst open!

  • LOL HER HEAD GOING UP YOUR BUM xD. Just think of that. This aint scary….it’s hilarious!

  • next time i go to japan im not going to any of the public restrooms alone, they all seem to be haunted. lol

  • ummm @midnight spirit it’s not toilet paper it’s only paper and i don’t know…. y don’t u go to dat bathroom stall and ask him if he’s mad about being dead or maybe he’s enjoying being dead

  • What? “Which toilet paper do you prefer? Red or blue?”
    Seriously? That sounds stupid, no offense.
    “If they pick “red,” he kills them by slashing their back or neck repeatedly with a blade, to make them look like they’re wearing a red cape. If they pick “blue,” then they’re killed by hanging.”
    Why would he even do that? Is he mad at someone or something? Someone answer me!

  • Red paper or blue paper response: Can’t you ask me this in the class room,aka-manto sempi? And besides, why are you in the girls bathroom? Sheesh, you spaz.

  • what if u dont see hanako and just instantly sit on the toilet and poo O_o thats weird…. just thinking about it right now D:

  • @VicioustMistress: Same here. My lil sis and I have devised a plan about what to do if a head pops up from the toilet, and it involves doing…business…on her. LOL. But still, I’m scared.

  • Just saying about the red or blue paper thing, what if you were colour blind? And I actually feel bad for Hanako. Her story is actually alot like Hikiko’s.

  • lol just sit on the things head lol it has no buiness bing in the tolit in the first place :P

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