The Tripping Bathroom is a Japanese urban legend about a restroom in a company where the workers keep falling. This is supposed to be a true story and it happened in Ueda City, Nagano, Japan.
The bathroom in our company is a little strange. It’s a place where a lot of people trip and fall. The strange thing is, there is nothing there to trip over.
Yesterday, my friend Yuki was in the bathroom. When she came out of the stall, she tripped over and fell on the tiled floor. She scraped her knee really badly.
We took her to the break room and helped her put a band-aid on her bleeding knee.
“Are you alright?” I asked.
“Yes, I guess so,” Yuki replied weakly.
“You really are careless,” laughed Sakura, one of our co-workers.
“It’s not my fault,” Yuki protested. “Sato-san from the sales department fell in the bathroom last week. And the week before, so did Honda-san.”
“And even though you knew that, you still fell?” Sakura said. “You’re so clumsy. How do people keep tripping in there? You need to be more careful.”
I couldn’t say anything. I didn’t want to be the one to tell the others.
A few days later, Sakura was in the bathroom. When she came out of the stall, she fell too. She said it felt as if she tripped over something, even though there was nothing there.
“Now who’s the one that’s careless?” Yuki chuckled.
“It wasn’t my fault,” Sakura complained. “When you step out of that stall, it’s as if something’s there… Last time, when you tripped in the bathroom, didn’t you feel like you tripped over something?”
“What do you mean?” asked Yuki.
“There’s nothing there,” said Sakura, “but it still felt like… Oh, I don’t know… Maybe it’s just my imagination.”
“Midori, when you go to the bathroom, be careful,” they told me. “It would be weird if all three of us had band-aids on our knees.”
I laughed nervously and assured them I would be careful.
But I know I won’t trip and fall. That’s because I’m the only one who can see them…
The dead women lying on the bathroom floor…
… tripping everyone who comes out of the stalls.