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Kaidan Chibusa Enoki
February 17th, 2017 10:57 AM

Kaidan Chibusa EnokiEvery August, as Japanese spirits return en masse from the otherworld, Tokyo's Zenshoan temple (map) exhibits a spine-chilling collection of 19th-century ghost scroll paintings

This painting by Ito Seiu, the godfather of Japanese bondage (kinbaku), depicts a scene from Kaidan Chibusa Enoki, an old horror story in which the ghost of a dead painter returns to protect his baby from his murderer, a wandering samurai who fell in love with his wife while he was away painting.

This scroll shows the ghost holding the baby while standing under a waterfall at Juniso (map) (where Tokyo's Shinjuku Chuo Park is now located).

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