Harionago or “The Long Haired Woman” is a Japanese urban legend about a ghost who attacks men with her hair. She is also known as Hari-onna (The Hook Woman, The Needle Woman). In other parts of Japan, people refer to her as Nure-onago (The Smiling Woman) or Warai-onago (The Smiling Girl).


Harionago is a Japanese ghost who appears in the form of a beautiful woman with extremely long hair. She has the ability to control her hair and it snakes out like writhing tentacles. The tips of her long hair form into sharp hooks or barbs.

At night, she stalks the lonely roads and backstreets of Japan, searching for young men to attack. When she spots a young man who takes her fancy, she will smile at him. If the young man dares to return her smile, Harionago will unleash her terrible, barbed hair and attack him.

The sharp hooks at the end of her hair, stick into the man’s clothes and flesh, trapping him in her clutches. Once she has him ensnared with her long hair, he cannot move and she uses the hooks to cut him to pieces or tear him apart.

In many small villages in Japan, there have been numerous reports of attacks on young men by Harionago. One night, a boy from Yamada village happened to be walking home on his own. As he turned down a narrow street, a beautiful girl came walking towards him.

As she approached, he noticed that she was smiling at him. He thought there was something strange about her, but he was attracted by her beautiful looks and smiled back at her. When he did, her hair fell down in disarray and she pounced on him.

The boy was shocked and struggled to free himself from her clutches. Her hair rose up like tentacles and the hooks snagged on his shirt, ripping it from his back. Somehow, he managed to get away and ran back to his house as fast as he could. He locked the door behind him and stood, shaking and trembling, at the front door, waiting for dawn to arrive.

In the morning, when he dared to open the door, he found hundreds of deep scratches on the other side.

So, if you’re walking down a street at night and you see a strange woman smiling at you from the shadows, you may want to think twice before you smile back at her.


  1. Scarydeathmanxx says

    I would like to know why Japanese ghost are so scary and funny too lol…,..,…..,…………..

  2. Crystal says

    And I guess, if you don’t smile back at her then she is like, “SMILE BACK AT ME! WTF?! MY PLAN ISN’T WORKING!”

  3. MochaSkully says

    If i was a boy i would just do the caramell dansen til she realized i was completely insane…

  4. dr. dead says

    This morning i told a friend about this and he was like- “if i see some pretty lady i would just go to kiss her”

  5. Username_Invalid says

    Sooo, she won’t attack girls? Nice. But can her hair be cut by a pair of scissors or something? One person could play the bait and one person could creep up behind her with an axe and chop off her head. Only hope that one of her ‘hair’ doesn’t see or sense someone creeping behind her. :P


    I am surely not gonna smile back….i will try to make funny faces so that she runs away..

  7. scaryomg1000 says

    What happens if u don’t smile? Does she just leave you alone?;)lol♥♥♥♥♥♥

  8. ilovefreddykrueger says

    you think japan is bad enough, you should watch higurashi no naku koro ni then watch umineko no naku koro ni then say the same thing XD

  9. Xx_layla_xX12 says

    34TH!!! OHHH YEAH! YOLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    btw @dont take me seriously, i always see your comments O.o

  10. Dont take me seriously says

    @The_Yellow_Dash That Reminds me, Whos seen Jeff smile? Also, on the must see list is Sheldon’s Batman Killing Smile XD

  11. The_Yellow_Dash says

    @nightmare_night ikr they got slit mouth woman and shirime and that girl with no legs and goes click clack and we just got a tall man that kidnapps children and a thing that sits at the foot of your bed and also a smiling dog that might belongs to an infamous killer thats first name is jeff. comment if u get it guys

  12. Dont take me seriously says

    There is a fine line between smile nice and smile oh crud thats terrifying(cue Sheldon’s batman killing smile)Paradise

  13. Terrorteller says

    Okay, if you see ANY woman smiling at you from the shadows at ANY given time of day, YOU SHOULD RUN THE FRELL AWAY.

  14. Dont take me seriously says

    If I see her smiling at me, im gonna walk over to her and give her a good haircut!

  15. The_Yellow_Dash says

    time to bring out my inner black self. if i see her imma smile then she gon cum at me and imma be like BRING IT ON!!!!! and she gon be like let me pull my weave out and bring out my sharp nappy hair. the we gon be scrappin(scrapping means fighting….akward) then imma be like DONT CUM ON BANKHEAD AVENUE CUZ IMMA BEAT YA!!!!!

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