Up in the cold, northern reaches of Japan is the nation’s second largest island, Hokkaido. Known for its spectacular natural vistas and picturesque scenery, it is perhaps not a place one would at first associate in any way with haunted locales and ghouls and ghosts. Yet here in the rural town of Bibai, nestled among the beautiful vistas and right up against the Lake Miyajima wetland lies the creepy and enigmatic ruins of a former schoolhouse that has accrued a sinister reputation as one of the most haunted, weirdest places in Japan.
The building itself was apparently built back in 1906, and was designed in a distinctive round shape from which it earns its simple nickname “The Round Schoolhouse.” From the 1940s up until the 1970s it was used as an elementary school, after which it was closed for unknown reasons and simply left there where it stood to fall into ruin. Rather creepily, the structure seems to have been left as is, with tables and desks still set up collecting dust in the crumbling structure, all lined up as if expecting students that will never come. This would have once been a place of children playing and laughing, yet now the surrounding grounds have become a thick tangle of overgrown brush that hungrily surround the building, the playground buried in forest growth to poke forth like the skeleton of some half-buried prehistoric beast, and any road that led there was long devoured by the forest, making the only way to reach it on foot from the nearest road.
Dark rumors and stories sprang up almost immediately after the closing of the school, beginning with locals claiming that the woods in the vicinity were haunted by bobbing, mysterious lights and half-glimpsed shadowy figures, and the night often pierced by disembodied screams as well as other less discernible anomalous noises. Additionally, there were rumors of several children who had gone out to play in these woods and never come back. It was not long before these phenomena and rumors were linked to the abandoned former school house, and things would get spookier still.
Through the late 70s and 80s the Round Schoolhouse became a popular place to go and try and see ghosts, and by all accounts it was absolutely infested with them. Frightened trespassers to the site would come back with terrifying tales of encountering all manner of supernatural phenomena on the school grounds or within its dilapidated building, and it has steadily become increasingly well-known on into later years as an absolute hotspot for the paranormal. Paranormal investigators who have been there consistently put this location in top ten lists of Japan’s most haunted places, and there have been Japanese spirit mediums who have been so overwhelmed with negative spiritual energy here that they refuse to come back. Japanese videos on YouTube of macabre adventure seekers in the ruins have also become quite popular, whether they show anything paranormal or not, and the legend of the haunted Round Schoolhouse of Bibai has surged.
Even above and beyond talk of hauntings, more sinister rumors tell of people going off to explore the ruins only to disappear without a trace, and stories abound of abandoned cars found on the nearby road, their occupants said to have gone off towards the schoolhouse to never return. Perhaps worse yet are those said to have come back completely stark raving insane, driven over the brink of madness by whatever it was they had seen in that forsaken place. Stories of the missing or of people going mad at the Round Schoolhouse are very persistent on Japanese paranormal sites, with comments of witnesses common.
While much of the information on the Round Schoolhouse is rather ambiguous and murky as to its veracity, there have been a few accounts that I have tracked down that seem particularly interesting. By far one of the oddest reports I have seen was of a group of three curiosity seekers who one day in 1998 went off to the ruins to poke around and seem to have gotten way more than they bargained for somewhere in the bowels of that old, darkened building. It started innocently enough, when the group of friends decided to make a trip out to the place after seeing one of the many videos of it on YouTube. They parked their car along the lonely road and began their trek through out the forest and its tangle of trees towards the main building.
Once there, the main witness claims that they were almost immediately overcome by a clinging, unsettling cold, and that they sensed that they were being watched from the shadows by an unseen force that seemed to creep along following them. This was followed by a series of escalating paranormal experiences, such as items being knocked over, doors slammed shut, and most frightening of all the startled shout of one of the friends when he was apparently aggressively shoved by some invisible entity. The longer they stayed, the more the intensity of these phenomena increased, until they got to the point where they had seen enough and made their way back outside. As they did, a black form allegedly congealed out of the shadows and followed them. The witness would say (translated by me):
That shadow stalked us all the way out of the building and into the woods. We couldn’t see it much as it was hiding, but we knew it was there. We could catch glimpses of it, and it made us pick up our pace. As we got closer to the car it became more visible, tangible, and more threatening. We finally got into the car and that was when something very black, large, and heavy slammed into us. It was as if a black bear had hit the car, but then it was gone without a trace, and we were alone in the forest again.
An even weirder account seems to suggest that there is some sort of vortex or inter-dimensional doorway within the Round Schoolhouse. This apparently happened as recently as 2000, and again involves a couple of amateur paranormal investigators, drawn to this location by all of the mysterious tales and creepy stories. Perhaps it was their mistake to come here in the evening hours, but whatever the reason they certainly came across something rather outlandish in that building.
Even as they made their way through the forest towards the schoolhouse they purportedly heard strange sounds coming from the trees, such as what sounded like someone banging on a tree with a stick, the sounds of someone snapping twigs, and what one of the witnesses swore was the sound of giggling. Things didn’t get any more normal when they reached their destination, and disembodied footsteps seemed to echo out all around them, but it was when they reached one particular room where things would take off into the truly bizarre. Here they came across a faintly glowing opening in the wall, which supposedly shimmered and rippled. The witness would say of what happened next (again my own translation):
We stared at this glowing patch upon the wall for several moments, and that was when something seemed to come out of it. It looked like a hunched over figure but it was impossible to see the face. Then there were others, coming out two at a time, until they were looming all around us in that dank confined space. My friend and I looked at each other and ran. He says he looked back and the glowing was gone, but those shapes. They were everywhere.
Unsettling to say the least, and it is not apparent what happened after that but they apparently made it out in one piece. One has to wonder just what these people saw. Was this some sort of portal? Was it all an illusion? Who knows? It does seem to fit into the idea floated around that this is a site that harbors some sort of doorway through dimensions, and that all of this is not a haunting, but rather a bleeding over of another realm into our reality. Indeed, the Round Schoolhouse has never had any particular tragedy or violent incident as far as anyone knows, so is this the result of something even stranger than ghosts? Or is this an urban legend orbited by creepy pasta tales and spooky stories? If you are ever in the vicinity of Bibai, Hokkaido, maybe you can go check it out for yourself, if you dare.
SOURCE: Mysterious Universe
A ghost imp is captured on CCTV at a haunted Sussex Pub
An apparition has been captured on CCTV at the The Dolphin pub in Sussex UK. The Pub dates back to 1735 and is said to be one of the most haunting buildings in England.
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A friend of landlady Ellie Boiling felt something brush past him while he was in the bar upstairs so he asked her to check the cameras to see if they had recorded anything.
He first thought it could have been a dog but when they checked the footage they noticed a glowing shape behind him which appeared to look like an impish creature.
Ellie said ” I was flabbergasted. My gasp has never been so flabbered. As a ghost-hunter I was excited, because I thought I have found something here”
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A group practicing parascience, the scientific study of supernatural phenomena, visited the pub to see if they could recreate the form found on the tape.
They believed that the shape was actually just the lights from a band performing in the pub on the night.
Ellie has her doubts though, she said “It would be a poor light show if it was just one light.”
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Some people have claimed that the footage is fake, but Ellie says she does not have the ability to superimpose the image onto tape as she knows nothing about technical stuff.
Ellie also runs Light ‘the Littlehampton Investigating Ghost Hunting Team’ and has done several charity ghost hunts at the pub.
What do you think?
While Shopping For A Home, Couple Comes Across Angry Entity
While out shopping for a home for several months, a couple looked around and found quite the bargain. One home in particular caught their eye. The previous tenants were elderly people and it was obvious, due to the decor including the paint choices and wallpaper everywhere.
To reach the upstairs, an electric chair was setup and used. The rest of the home was in pretty decent shape, there was even a room that was previously used for crafting. This room had shelves with a desk included.
Upon exploring this property of this home further, there appeared to be a basement. The lights however didn’t seem to be working. This may have been due to circuit breakers not being turn back on. While walking downstairs into the basement, someone would have to choose between going left or right.
If someone went left, they would reach an older area of the basement and upon going right they would reach an unfinished utility type area. The couple along with the realtor all wander towards the right initially. It was difficult to navigate the basement and upon everyone exploring it, they found it to be dark and creepy looking by appearance. They even joked with one another about how they could not enter one room down there.
Using the illumination from his phone, they had just enough light to see some details. His wife along with the realtor decided not to further go into one room. This man was determined to further explore what might have been inside. He had no reservations about going in and was equally curious. He simply wanted to see the space for himself. There was only one small window at the far end of this oddly creepy room. On this day it was overcast outside making it further difficult to see down here.
Quite suddenly, the man started to feel ill upon entering this room. He along with his wife and the realtor decided to leave and wandered back upstairs to the main floor. They talked about the property and just how weird the basement is. They all decided to go outside into the backyard. It was there, when his wife revealed that some kind of invisible force had pushed her shoulders when she tried to walk into the room in the basement.
She admitted to feeling a presence of some sort. The realtor mentioned her uneasiness upon entering the basement. She became overwhelmed with feelings of extreme anxiety. She didn’t feel welcomed there. All of them wandered more around the home. They began to turn off the lights and close the shades. Not long after, the realtor noticed what appeared to be a piece of yellow lace hanging off of her sweater.
Normally, this wouldn’t be alarming and admittedly, it’s likely just a result of static cling. However, given the experience they all had, it seemed far more sinister. Not long after, they decided to return to the property and the realtor grabbed the piece of lace she found. She placed it back into the old craft room. None of them wanted to take anything with them from this place. The home was then locked up and secured.
When the couple returned, they prepared for bed. On this night the man had a dream. He was back in the house but it was during the night. He stood at the top of the stairs and looked down at them. The electric stair chair seemingly started by itself. It moved and seemed to back him up towards the basement where they once were. It was almost as if he was being baited back into the basement.
He woke up not long after but was disturbed about what he had dreamed. Admittedly, he like most people are skeptical when it comes to anything paranormal. However, now he is more open minded to things types of things. Their conclusion about all of this is, the place was being haunted by the former residents. The elderly couple who once lived there, have not left completely. These ghosts likely didn’t want anyone else there. Needless to say, they decided not to buy this property.
British psychic says motorway fatalities ‘due to ghosts of Roman soldiers’
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The Sunday Express
An accident-prone stretch of the M6 in Cheshire sees more crashes than other sections of the road because it is haunted by ghosts of Roman soldiers, a psychic has claimed.
A series of strange phenomena have been reported by motorists between junction 16 and 19, including phantom lorries, spectral hitchhikers and sightings of legionnaires.
And Mike Brooker says the disturbance caused by a £250million upgrade project could be to blame. He said a Roman burial ground in the area of the roadworks may have awoken 2,000-year-old spirits which now haunt motorists and cause crashes.
The 53-year-old, from Northwich, has dubbed the area ‘Cheshire’s Bermuda Triangle’ because of the relatively high number of accidents on the “treacherous” stretch of road.
He told ChesireLive:
“I personally know people who have lost their lives and families who have been affected by accidents on this stretch of motorway.
“I am leaning towards the theory that it can be connected to Saxon involvement.
“There are reports of a Roman burial ground and that there was an historic clash between Scottish and English armies. There are so many variables and possibilities.
“For decades now, the amount of accidents on the M6 motorway between junctions 17 and 19 is completely unprecedented and, statistically, this is without doubt one of the worst ‘accident black-spots’ on any motorway network in the UK.”
Highways England is upgrading a 20-mile stretch of the M6 which will allow the authority to adjust speed limits in real-time in an effort to ease congestion and make the road safer.
But Mr Brooker warned accidents in the area will continue because the reason behind the accidents is a supernatural one and plans to investigate to uncover the cause.
“There appear to be two principal answers that come up, one is that the motorway was built on a Roman burial site and the other, is that it was the site of the slaughter of a number of the Scottish army dating back over 200 years.
“There is no clear evidence either way to support or substantiate these claims but what is clear is that something is very wrong to cause so many accidents on what is to all intents and purposes and fairly straight stretch of road.
“I ‘personally’ believe there is something supernatural that has attached itself to this particular stretch of motorway… when ‘science’ holds its hands up and is at a complete loss to explain this plethora of accidents/incidents between junctions 17 and 19 of the M6; there is perhaps an alternate explanation.”
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