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No Face

No Face

This Japanese urban legend is called “No Face” and is about Nopperabou, a creature from Japanese folklore.

No Face

Though the No Face is able to appear to others like a normal person, this is just an illusion. The Nopperabou really lacks eyes, a nose or a mouth. Instead of normal human features, nopperabou have only smooth skin. People who encounter nopperabou usually do not immediately realize that they are talking to something that is otherworldly, as the creatures are able to create the illusion that they have a normal human face.

A nopperabou will wait for the right moment before causing their features to disappear, scaring the person they are speaking with. People usually run into nopperabou at night in lonely rural settings, although they can appear anywhere as long as the area is deserted. The nopperabou’s primary purpose is to scare humans, but beyond that they do not seem to have any sort of agenda.

One famous nopperabou story is Lafcadio Hearn’s Mujina. The story is short and deftly describes an encounter with a nopperabou, but it is also the source of much confusion. In the story, Hearn refers to the creatures as mujina, which is actually a different type of creature altogether (a sort of badger). This mistake has caused a lot of Western readers to mix up the names for nopperabou and mujina, and even today you will run across authors and scholars that are using the wrong name. Regardless, the story itself is a very typical tale of nopperabou mischief.

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  • I once had a dream about a faceless woman stalking me.She did not harm me but she really scared me…😶

  • There are lots of Japanese horror stories,espescially on thiswebsite…SFK,have you ever been to Japan?

  • Nice one. It is similar to “THE FACE IN THE DARK” by an Anglo-Indian writer Ruskin Bond.

  • The two things I think of:
    1) No-Face from Spirited Away
    2) the Pict from Hetalia: Paint it, White!
    If I’m not mistaken though Japan says that the Pict remind him of Nopperabou…
    Watch the Hetalians take over this post…slowly…
    Marukaite Chikyuu…
    Marukaite Chikyuu…
    Marukaite Chikyuu…
    Boku Hetalia.
    Hatafutte, Hatafutte, Hatafutte Paredo….

  • slenderwoman she lives in japan i think i would still talk to a person without a face as long as they where nice and didnt try to steal my face i mean if slenderman didnt try to kill people i would probably talk to him. One of my friends said that if slender man had a face and all that he would be sexy because he is tall and skinny XD

  • Slendy’s got a girlfriend, that he’ll never see again XD wait does that mean that he could have seen her before o.o

  • Slenderman’s girlfriend! Oh, and yeah…animefruba is right. No butt grabbing for once!

  • not even scary!!! if that stupid no face come to me i will kik her out of the glass windows! lol!

  • So they just scare you right? That is weird no butt grabbing, face cutting ,or bathrooms.

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