In Japan, you can go on a haunted hayride on a public train

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Every August, the Keifuku Electric Railroad company in Kyoto, Japan runs a series of "ghost trains" or "yokai trains" on weekend evenings. On these trains, spirits and monsters from Japanese mythology scare the heck out of children who are shocked and betrayed that their parents would make them ride an electrical railway rife with supernatural danger.

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The yokai trains have been running since 2007, and overall it looks like pretty harmless stuff. Here are several videos of yokai trains from years past — I recognize the kappa, but I have no idea who the rooster in the tuxedo is. I however anticipate that he will be dropping by my dreams very soon.

In summation, this whole affair reminds me A.) of a Gorillaz song; and B.) that New Yorkers have their own equivalent of summertime horror trains.

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[Oddity Central via Neatorama]

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Kat Callahan

This is entirely normal in Japan. While in the United States, Canada, and some other western countries (Commonwealth, perhaps?), these sorts of events occur around Halloween, in Japan they occur in August for two reasons:

1) Obon or お盆 which is the Buddhist festival honoring the deceased. My favorite part is sending the lanterns down the river in the middle of the city.

2) The Japanese believe the "chills" you get from being frightened serve to cool you off, which is a very good thing in the 100% humidity of the Japanese summer.