Japanese Urban Legends


Tomino is a Japanese urban legend about a poem that kills anyone who recites it out loud.


In this world there are things that you should never say out loud, and the Japanese poem “Tomino’s Hell” is one of them. According to the legend, if you read this poem out loud, disaster will strike. At best, you will feel very ill or injure yourself. At worst, you could die.

In this video you can hear Tomino being read in Japanese. You will notice that the person who made the video used text to speech software. They didn’t dare read it out loud themselves.

This is a rough English translation:

Tomino’s Hell

The older sister vomits blood, the younger sister spits fire.
Cute Tomino spits treasured jewels.
Tomino died alone and fell into hell.
Hell, darkness, with no flowers.
Is it Tomino’s older sister that whips?
The number of red welts is worrisome.
Whipping and beating and pounding,
The path to eternal hell is only one way.
Beg for guidance into the darkness of hell,
From the golden sheep, from the nightingale.
How much is left in the leather bag,
Prepare for the endless journey into hell.
Spring comes and into the woods and valleys,
Seven turns in the dark valley of hell.
In the cage is a nightingale, in the cart a sheep,
In the eyes of cute Tomino are tears.
Cry, nightingale, for the woods and the rain
Voicing your love for your sister.
The echo of your cry howls through hell,
and a blood-red flower blooms.
Through the seven mountains and valleys of hell,
Cute Tomino travels alone.
To welcome you to hell,
The glimmering spikes of the needled mountain
Stick fresh punctures in the flesh,
As a sign to cute Tomino.

I have no idea whether or not it is safe to read the English translation out loud. If I were you, I would err on the side of caution.

One person said: “I once read Tomino’s Hell on the air for an online radio show called Radio Urban Legends. At first everything was normal, but gradually my body, it became difficult to read. I read half of it and then broke down and threw it away. Two days later I got injured and I was left with seven stitches. I do not want to think that this was because of the poem.”


  • Oh jesus I read it aloud and as I was reading it it felt like someone was gnawing on the back of my head…ew…help;-;

  • “The path to eternal hell is only one way” yep….haven’t you ever heard the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Haha…I wonder who initially wrote this…

  • You have to read the japanese version for it to work. The english version is but a rough translation what Tomino is about to those who cannot speak or read japanese language.

    But then again, if anything happens to you after reading the poem, it’s just you being overwhelmed with fear that you would accidentally do things that you do not mean to like hurting yourself or whatever.

  • me:(reads it out)
    me:(looks around)
    me:(fakes a heart attack)
    tomino: (laughs and leaves)
    me:hehehe bitch

  • I don’t dare read it aloud. Thats why I told my friend it was a comic, (He hates them) so he would leave me alone.

  • I’m gonna read it when I get home

    Out loud hope I don’t die πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

    I’m scared

  • Oh my gosh!!! I was reading it to myself but I didn’t realize I was whispering it aloud, and then later I hurt my hand…does that count…?

  • who ever said you die if read out loud, they talk jack and need to get their facts right. i read out loud 2 months ago. still alive! or am i just a ghost?

  • It’s fake though. I read it loudly in front of my sister, but I am still alive. I read it like 2-3 days ago, so why am I alive? Aren’t I supposed to die by now? Oh, don’t tell me I am Alien, cause I am perfectly sure I am not.

  • I read it out loud in original version, english and even my language but nothing happened when I read it or couple days later. I am still waiting for something to happen. I have to say I am a little disappointed :(

  • HEY GUYS GUESS WHAT!? I READ it! And will keep reading everyday until bad stuff happens! I want to make sure it’s not true! LORD BE WITH ME!πŸ™πŸ½

  • My name goes well with this comment πŸ˜‚ But I have a feeling i’m the only one that was too scared to read this thinking I would read it out loud in my sleep πŸ˜‚

  • I don’t know what to say about the myth, but there is one thing I’m damn sure of: this poem is really dark and gloomy. A really great literary piece. But it just doesn’t feels right after reading this…..

    And, if this legend has or had a bit of truth, I’m pretty sure even god won’t save anyone from dying. After all, when things go wrong with spooky stuffs like Ouija board or summoning, does the *dear* god protect anyone? Heh, never.

    Anyway, Japanese folks are really lucky to have such great legends. If this was written, then they’re real poets (at least it is much more interesting than Shakespeare). Poem’s really awesome and spooky. If I’d found it in the ruins somewhere, after reading I would’ve blindly thought of it being cursed.

    Great Tomino.

  • i used to read this loud.. Nw like 3 time aand trust me this fupping poem really works….! :'( I’m so regretting….. Its not like i got accident or near to death experience….!! But its really makes my life unlucky… I really fupped up help me,..!! Need some lucky charm..! :(

  • I turned on the video, but there was something wrong with the pic, so I didn’t see it. but the VOICE!!! the voice was the creepiest thing I have ever heard! -*shudders* I can be so brave sometimes but I an be really chicken too… I didn’t have the guts to read it aloud

  • To scared to read it but what’s with the Japanese and their deadly poems and dead people coming to eat your face off if you read this story anyway god bless the people who did read it out loud and also to the people who didn’t maybe they are afraid of getting hurt like me and others like the thrill of anticipation to see if anything will happen but we are all different people. God bless!!! πŸ˜‡

  • You guys know what??
    I really love the poem, it’s cool and awesome…
    And yeah, I know this is just an urban legend, even though it’s kinda creepy…

    I never read out loud any poem or text at the internet though,
    coz it’s a habit…
    And I’m curious for what happened to people who read out
    loud the poem if I put it on my game and send it to youtube let’s players
    (people who record themself playing a game and upload it on youtube)…
    But I AM positive that nothing unnecessary would happen, coz why not? The GOD Himself protecting His children after all…

    Even though the sound of the video IS disturbing, haha….

    Well, what I can say is…
    People whom got some accident after reading it out loud might just a coincidence, and to people who believe that they might die because of it, I THINK they just don’t believe in GOD that He protect every living in this world… ( sorry if I offend you)

    Although I almost never pray nor being happy to go to church though, but I believe, even if I don’t ask Him anything, He will give me the best as the way He plan for me…
    And I always happy just to think that, coz GOD is just amazing!!

    So yeah, nothing scary will happen though.. (I’m sorry for a long comment…)

  • I didnt manage to play the video cause the girl creeps me out…
    Maybe I need some accompaniment to gain the courage to watch it…
    And before I finished reading the translation, my body shriveled and felt cold even if its a very hot summer here…

  • hello my name is Jefferson and I have the GUTS to read it outloud lets see what will happen in the next week or month I will tell u what happened to me ok oh naz the ghost hunter he will tell u if I die or live

  • Reading it out loud wasn’t the scary part. It was listening to the video in a dark room so the only light is from my iPod and the voice sounds demonic and the face in the picture is implanted in my brain. The only reason someone would get sick from it is the mentality. You get so worked up about the fact that it is supposedly dangerous that you actually convince yourself you are feeling ill.

  • lol video creeps me the hell out like whats with the huge eyes and the long neck its creepy and the voice just makes it worse oh and people its ok i read it out loud and im fine :)

  • The voice is what kills me. It is soooo creepy. I never want to hear that voice again. >_< F.Y.I I read it out loud and I am fine people!!!!!11

  • I read this out loud many times, and nothing has ever happened to me. And that picture always creeps me out, no matter how many times I see it.

  • I saw the video n got freaked out! but that girl kind of cute i think.. Her hairstyle same like mine.

  • Oh, And By The Way, Advance Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to ALL, Especially to you ScaryForKids ^_^ GOD BLESS EveryOne ^_^

  • I Totally Agree on BettyQueenOfScreams.It is Indeed Very Disturbing.Especially to Christians like Me β€’_β€’ The Thing that I FEAR more about Death Itself, Is No Other than THE LORD THY GOD ^_^

  • i read it aloud and nothing happened to me. i think ghosts are just there to scare people. they don’t exist actually

  • i read this outloud and the next day i broke my arm in 6 different spots….. DO NOT READ THIS OUTLOUD!!!! THIS STUFF IS REAL!!!

  • Things got worse last night, I dreamed I was in Hell and that I talked to Tomino the reason I’m bringing this up is because I didn’t read the poem and that was a subject that wasn’t in my mind.

  • I found out the translation is accurate and something will happen, last night my leg started cramping and it hasn’t stopped yet.

  • My cousin is being weird, saying you will get a curse I mean that’s a fake thing, right?

  • Holy crap this is scary.. i’m not going to risk it because i am severely afraid of getting stitches. :/

  • am i the ONLY one that read it out loud, lets wait and pray lol, but im not so scared!!!!!!

  • My little brother read it out loud,in japanese and english.Let’s wait and see what happens…

  • I read it out loud and like the guy said about it becoming difficult to read, it’s true. I’m kind of scared now, but if nothing happens to me then I guess it’s safe for all of you to read out loud

  • i dunt want to watch the video!!!
    its sooooo scary!!!!
    wats the idea of having a long neck and a huge eyes?!

  • When dark creeps in and eats the light,
    Bury your fears on sorry night,
    For in the winter’s darkest hours,
    Comes the feasting of the vours,
    No one can see it the life they stole,
    Your body’s here but not your soul.
    i think this is way better than tomino

  • I tried it, Im not dead. I asked a japanse friend about it, he said that the death part is a myth, as he read it once with some friends, In japanse So If you have the guts to read it, you wont die.

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