Japanese Urban Legends

Kuchisake Onna

Kuchisake Onna, also known as The Slit-Mouthed Woman, is a scary Japanese urban legend about a disfigured Japanese woman who brandishes a large scissors and preys on children. She has an enormous slit mouth, which extends from ear to ear in a horrible, permanent smile.

Kuchisake Onna

The Slit Mouthed Woman walks the streets of Japan, wearing a surgical mask and hunting for children. If you cross her path, she will stop you and ask you a question. If you give her the wrong answer, there will be horrible consequences.

Picture the scene. You are walking home from school and your path takes you down a deserted city street. Suddenly, you hear a faint noise coming from the shadows. You glance over and see a beautiful woman standing there. She has long black hair and is wearing a beige trenchcoat. A surgical mask covers the lower half of her face. In Japan, wearing a surgical mask is not uncommon during flu season, to prevent spreading germs.

She steps out of the shadows and blocks your path.

“Am I beautiful?” she asks.

Before you can answer, she tears off her mask, revealing a hideously deformed face. Her huge mouth is sliced from ear to ear and gapes open revealing rows of sharp teeth and a big red disgusting tongue twisting and twirling inside.

“Am I beautiful NOW?” she screams.

Terrified, you struggle to answer her. If you say “No”, she pulls out a huge pair of scissors and kills you immediately, chopping off your head. If you say “Yes”, she takes her scissors and slices your mouth from ear to ear, making you look just like her. If you try to run away, she will hunt you down and kill you, by slicing you in two.

The only way to escape from Kuchisake Onna is to give a non-committal answer. If you say “You look average” or you look normal, she will be confused, giving you just enough time to run away.

There are many rumors about how Kuchisake Onna got her horribly disfigured mouth. Some say that her slit mouth is the result of plastic surgery that went horribly wrong. Others say that she was injured in a terrible car crash. Some even believe she is an escaped mental patient who was so demented that she cut her own mouth apart.

According to one legend, years ago, in Japan, there lived a very beautiful woman who was extremely vain and self-absorbed. Her husband was a very jealous and brutal man and he became convinced that she was cheating on him. In a fit of rage, he took a sword and slit her mouth from ear to ear, screaming “Who will think you’re beautiful now?” She became a vengeful spirit, and began wandering the streets of Japan, wearing a surgical mask to hide her terrible scars.

The Slit Mouth Woman’s reign of terror began in the spring and summer of 1979, when rumors began to spread throughout Japan about sightings of the Kuchisake-onna hunting down children. The story spread like wildfire and actually created scares in many towns. Police increased their patrols and schools sent teachers to walk students home in groups.

In 2004, South Korea was plagued by reports of a red-masked woman who was chasing children.

In 2007, a coroner found some old records from the late 1970s about a woman who was chasing little children, but was hit by a car, and died shortly after. Her mouth was ripped from ear to ear.

The USA has its own version of Kuchisake Onna. There were rumors about a clown who appeared in public bathrooms and accosted children, asking “Do you want death or happy smile?” if they chose “happy smile”, he took out a knife and slit their mouths from ear to ear.


  • I have seen the two movies!The first one is like the story but the second one have alot of love in it! I would consider to watch the first one if you are a child.

  • Ok. Erm I’ve heard this story and I would be like…
    Oh you llook normal women, you look like me mummy, and I will run away

  • Hey! Bllackkknight! What do you mean “she’s asian try to outwit her” ? Just cause she’s asian doesn’t mean she’s dumb!

  • Either that or giving a non-commital answer to her means that she will allow you to escape. Or if you say you’re in a previous engagement she pardons you and leaves, or asking “Am I pretty” she will get confused and leave. But i’ve also heard saying these will also kill you. But remember: She’s asian, try to outwit her

  • Maybe if you give her a non-commital answer then she get confused and when your gone she forgets about you.

  • Stop complaining about the movie people. It was ****** and I loved the whole background story. Too bad she was abusive though The spirit of Kuchisake-onna was hot.

  • Also, in the movie the slit mouth women doesn’t ask the kids am I pretty she just takes them

  • Nothings wrong with her mouth or anything. Tell the truth i wouldnt be ashamed or scared to walk around with a slit mouth. If she asked me if she beautiful i would say yes and she doesnt have to be ashamed of having a slit mouth. Also i would tell her she doesnt have to make people have a slit mouth,because she had one. It isnt fair. Also she is beautiful and if she did that someone she’d make them look pretty too.

  • My mom told me this story…then i told her “Is Japan haunted or sumthing???Pfft im never goin to japan…”

    end of story XD

  • If it was caused by plastic surgery then well idk but all the other thing she could have sewn it back together duh!

  • Im happy I have NEVER EVER NEVER EVER NEVER EVER NEVER EVER lived in Japan!!!!!!!!
    I have read this story many times but this was my friends first time this is what she has to say.

    that was really scary soooo….. i guess we should live in Japan no jk i will never go there ever in my whole intirer life

  • why dont they just answer with a question like “define pretty?” or “internally or externally?”

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