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It’s no secret that Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. It’s unfortunate, but very true. Just look at Aokigahara, the most popular place in all of Japan to off yourself. It’s tragic, really. Sadly, this year marks the 14th straight year that suicides in Japan have reached over 30,000. While the most popular way to go is by train, many also kill themselves in their own homes which then go on to become the bane of landlords everywhere.

Speaking of trains though, while they are one of Japan’s favorite obsessions, they’re also potential suicide machines. People I know have been warned to not look at oncoming trains because of the possibility that someone might jump in front of them. It’s not exactly something you’d want to witness. I don’t know about you, but I’d be pretty uncomfortable seeing that.

Death has a new face.

Apparently this is more common on the yellow and orange colored lines because they are “happy” colors, which seems quite odd considering, but whatever. Sometimes these lines have straighter rails which allow the trains to reach higher speeds which then in turn make the suicide attempt more likely to succeed, but this article isn’t about trains and this is getting depressing so let’s move on.

The Bachelor Pad of Doom

In Japan, potential buyers must be informed if someone ever committed suicide in the property they’re looking to buy or rent. Unfortunately, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for landlords to move these so called suicide apartments. In most cases they have to significantly reduce the normal asking price. Nine out of ten Japanese agree – these properties aren’t even worth looking at, regardless of how slashed the prices are. Apartments that people killed themselves in are creepy.

Some Japanese people view taking one’s life as brave and heroic. While I can’t really say I agree there, many Japanese people who feel this way also believe the total opposite when it comes to killing yourself in your own home or apartment. They view it as incredibly inconsiderate. They’d rather have you go off to Aokigahara or something and do it there.

While sad to think about, this belief kind of makes sense as many landlords have taken to the habit of passing the losses in sales onto the families of the deceased tenants. They sue the remaining family members for purification rituals, cleaning costs, repairs, and lost rental income. These fees add up fast and quickly amount to ridiculous sums. Some landlords even go so far as to sue for the amount required to totally demolish the building and just build another one in its place.

The situation has gotten so out of hand that the Japan Suicide Survivors Network has asked the ruling Democratic Party of Japan to pass some sort of legislation that would prevent stuff like this from happening, or at least lessen the blow a bit. In one case, a young woman killed herself in her apartment and the landlord showed up during her funeral to demand ¥6 million (~$75,500) so that he could hire a priest to “cleanse” the property. Talk about insensitive. Even worse was that the family was so upset that they didn’t even argue. They just paid up.

“Hello, we’re here to take all of your money.”

In another case, a salaryman killed himself in his apartment and the landlord asked the family to pay ¥2 million (~$25,000) for “repairs” and another ¥5 million (~$63,000) for “estimated future losses due to reduced rent.” The family hired a lawyer, but it didn’t do them much good. They still ended up paying over ¥2 million.

Another landlord demanded ¥120 million (~$1,510,500), saying that the entire building was “cursed” and he would have to completely rebuild it. Yikes. And how do you even prove that a place is cursed anyway? I really wonder how much of these payments are legitimate and how much is just the landlords taking unfair advantage of emotionally distraught families.

But Why?

Photo by Deniszizen

So how can this be legal? Almost all rental agreements state that the tenant must leave the property in the exact same state as it was when the tenant moved in or they will face fees. If you think about it, after a person commits suicide in a rental unit, it becomes, in a way, defective property. This gives landlords an avenue to sue the families for the monetary damages inflicted by the suicide victim.

And why are the Japanese so afraid of suicide apartments? Well like I said, the property becomes defective in the eyes of many Japanese. Plus, just knowing that someone offed themselves in your current home is pretty damn creepy. As you know, Japanese people on the whole can be extremely superstitious and many believe in ghosts, hauntings, and curses.

Just look at all the horror movies that come out of Japan. When’s the last time you saw a Japanese slasher film? Oh, that’s right, never. They even give super low rates on apartments that just happen to be close to a graveyard. The Japanese don’t want anything to do with dead people and their haunting spirits.

I’m pretty sure that other countries give discounts on these sorts of properties as well, but it seems to be to a much greater extent in Japan. The stigma, discounts, and legal actions are all much bigger over there than anywhere else I’ve ever heard of. It’s crazy.


So tell me, would you live in one of these suicide apartments? What if it was really nice and the rent was super cheap? If you found out your current place was a suicide property, how much of a discount would you need to continue living there? Think these landlords should be able to sue these families? Let us know in the comments!


Sites Referenced:
BBC: The stigma of Japan’s ‘suicide apartments’
The Japan Times: Landlords getting tough with families of suicides

  • ジョサイア

    I want to die!

    Please die outside.

  • John no Supirito

    Gross! This has to be one of Tofugu’s Top Ten Articles.

  • http://twitter.com/akb48vn Nguyen Le

    I am never ever living in those ‘haunted’ houses ヾ(。`Д´。)
    I’m sensitive to spirits 。・゚・(ノД`)・゚・。

    Though my house is very close to graveyards, I don’t see anything. (。・ω・。)

    Maybe cos they died in peacefully?

  • http://twitter.com/Diniz_DD Diogo Diniz ジオゴジニズ

    Oh I don’t know… I kinda believe those “bad energy” stuff… I may confess I wouldn’ t feel very comfortable in such place…

  • Helio Perroni Filho

    I guess you could make a killing peddling those apartments to money-strapped Gaijin.

  • http://twitter.com/Kerensa Kerensa

    I currently live in Japan. I didn’t have any choice or say over the apartment I am living in now so perhaps 5+ years ago whoever lived here committed suicide. My boss is kecchi enough to have gone for it if the price had been significantly slashed. I don’t think it would bother me too much, but I completely understand why the Japanese may feel uneasy about it. I doubt the situation would ever occur, but it would be harder on me if I knew the person who previously lived in the apartment I was looking to potentially move into. Two years ago (back in the States) my friend committed suicide in her apartment bedroom. I don’t think there is any way I could move into that place if I knew it was hers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anna.cojocaru.7 Cojocaru Ana

    oh nonono, not after I saw this movie
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWvP4C4GjUA&feature=related

  • http://twitter.com/TimeTennyo Melissa

    Honestly, I wouldn’t want to know. I have an active imagination so I would be creeped out by living in a house where someone died.

  • linguarum

    What gets me is that Japan makes off to be a rational, secular, modern, atheistic society – but some of the same people who say belief in God is a superstition and an emotional crutch will pay thousands of dollars to a priest for “purification rituals.” What???

  • http://www.facebook.com/francisco.vieira.566148 Francisco Vieira

    Since I don’t believe in anything supernatural and have less imagination than a stone, I would see those apartments as a very good oportunity to spare some coin!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1800174516 Spook MrsSpooky

    I don’t know, I think I probably would live in an apartment if someone had killed themselves there (especially if it was a decent discount). I know I would have a priest in to bless the place, but I pretty much do that wherever I live so…

  • 古戸ヱリカ

    No only all that, but the roommate that comes with the room is TERRIBLE! Always moaning about everything and disappearing when it comes time to pay the rent.

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi
  • Rawr!

    If there’s money in it…

  • Derek Spencer

    So basically, if I need an apartment in Japan, look for a suicide apartment.
    Got ya.
    Might be more inclined to give it to me anyway since I’m a foreigner, I could already foresee a difficult time apartment hunting, so not only would it be cheap, but easier to obtain as well.

  • lrah

    Nice place on the cheap? I’d be all over that in an instant. I really wouldn’t mind a history of suicide. I’m not superstitious (or at all creeped out by “hauntings” or something of the sort), so why not?

  • lulz

    I’m Western, so that gives me immunity to Eastern spirits, right? The angry, vengeful spirit would take one look at me and go, “Oh, for crying out– it’s a gaijin! Now I’m going to have to sit through bad music and poor tastes and she’s kind of chubby compared to girls here so like hell do I want to stalk her in the shower. I’m going to go have some beers at the ghost-pub before she turns on The Jersey Shore.”

    On a more serious note: yeah, sure, ghost apartment! Whoo! Just don’t tell friends who come over!

    On an equally serious note: I understand why it’s done, but it’s kind of a dick-move to sue remaining family members for these fees, IMO – especially if a salaryman with a housewife and children are the ones left behind. I mean, it’s kind of rare, but there ARE still one-income households.

  • grotesk_faery

    I don’t think I would live in one of these apartments (unless I was really hard up) because I am a suicide survivor, and even though I don’t necessarily believe in bad energy or anything like that, I think the knowledge that someone had succeeded in killing themselves there would bother me. However, just knowing someone died in a house or even that they were killed there would probably not deter me from renting or owning it, especially if it were a good price. And as far as graveyards go, I’d love to have one in my neighborhood! I think they’re lovely.

  • Gli

    I’ve seen some weird things even where I currently live, and I am pretty superstitious too but if it was nice enough I think I’d get it. What it really comes down to is what kind of person the one who killed their self was before he or she died.

  • Mashimaro

    Cheap rent! Count me in! And that’s considering I am a very superstitious lol. Imagine living in a place next to a graveyard AND the last tenant committed suicide! Imagine the savings!

    Also, I think it’s cruel that they sue people for such things and get away with it! Is it the families fault their relative committed suicide? It’s like, just lost your dad, now you gotta pay because he killed himself at home! The loss should be on the landlord, things happen. Sure it sucks, but that’s life lol, no need to push the burden onto someone else(even less deserving of it).

  • http://www.facebook.com/kitty.amrita Kitty Amrita

    I believe in ghosts as much as the next Californian, but I can’t say I’ve ever been afraid of them … cheap rent and a chance to freak out friends? Sure, I’m there.

  • http://twitter.com/MadZombieHime Laura

    That’s actually really interesting. I have once been in an apartment close to a graveyard, on holidays. it was a little creepy, but i was still very young, now i wouldn’t care. and a few years ago, my neighbour died, not even 5 meters away from me. OK, ok, that was not suicide, but still, If the rents go down a LOT (and we all know japan does have expensive rents right?) It would be a pleasure for me to take a nice cheap. I would probably refrain from ever watching creepy movies again, but that’s worth it, for cheaper rents. as soon as they dont leave body parts or blood on the walls, and it doesnt smell like corpse, I’m happy, just never remind me of ‘the grudge’ please, im still having nightmares cuz of that movie *sob*

  • Brittney Howdyshell

    Oh, and don’t forget to wrap yourself in this death tarp. It’ll help contain the mess.

  • PianoFish

    I live in a house (in the UK) opposite the city’s second largest cemetery and the rent is fairly cheap, I don’t know if the location contributes to that but I’m not in the least superstitious. Living in a suicide apartment wouldn’t bother me, to be fair I might be living in one right now and just not know – it’s not the sort of information that’s readily available. A friend of mine found out after he’d been renting somewhere for about 6 months that it was a former crackhouse and was actually going to be demolished before his landlord bought and renovated it, now that I’d be more worried about.

    Sueing a grieving family because their relative committed suicide is just horrible and cruel, I can’t believe someone would be so mercenary as to do that. I bet if a landlord tried that here they’d be laughed out of court if it even got that far, obviously it relies on there being enough people who believe in the concept for it to have an effect. I don’t think I know anyone who wouldn’t rent an apartment because of supposed evil spirits.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexandra-Franco/896075564 Alexandra Franco

    I would probably think twice before opening the closet or having a midnight snack, but cheap rent would make me love the place nonetheless

  • Dkay

    I think that when I go to Japan I’ll look for a suicide apartment………..What Tokyo housing is expensive!

  • http://www.facebook.com/LaughMeSad Bekah Cloud

    I’ve lived in many a “haunted” house, what is living in another one going to do? heh

  • Liz

    I’d live there. Especially if it was cheap. Salt the doors and get some talismans. :D But I have a morbid fascination with Japanese horror. So living in a suicide home would be neat for me. I’ve been to Oiwa-sama’s shrine in Tokyo. Haha I’m not that afraid! >:D

  • Andrew Magee

    An acquaintance of mine who attended the JET Program was specifically barred from renting a handful of very nice and very cheap apartments in the town near Kyoto where she worked. It turned out that all of these places were suicide apartments and it was considered off-putting to students and parents if they found out their teacher was living in one of them freely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AveryGoodgame Nick Hattan

    LIFE HAS BEEN MADE, TEAM FORTRESS 2 PICTURE ON TOFUGU.

  • Mikoto

    my grandmother passed a few years ago in the living room. I honestly don’t even think about it. Granted hers was not suicide, but I just refuse to believe that a suicidal spirit, if such a thing existed would even care…but regardless unless there was a string of murders/suicides in one place, i wouldn’t mind it at all. Though 3+ in one place…uh get me out of there.

  • http://zoomingjapan.com/ zoomingjapan

    I’m not sure if I’d feel comfortable in such an apartment, but never say never, right? ^^;

  • http://perpetuallybored.com Calreth

    I’d just think it’s a good chance to save me some money. Hell, maybe I should just buy up suicide apartments and turn them into tourist attractions and charge a visiting fee. Get rich quick scheme, here I come!

  • http://www.facebook.com/devaughn.ultraa Devaughn Ultraa

    As sad as it is to feed off something like this, it seems like it would give an outsider a great opportunity to find themselves a place to live. I would move into a home as long as it wasn’t stained or remnant of body parts.

  • CelestialSushi

    I would, BUT I’d make sure to have the place blessed according to my religious tradition. Then I could see myself living there.
    On a somewhat related note, I was not expecting to see the Scout here on Tofugu XD

  • Cheru

    I think I might wanna seek out some of those apartments so I can have a nice place with low rent. Just because they’re superstitious about this stuff doesn’t mean I am :P

  • Kevin

    Everyone would most likely be fearful of living in a house someone offed themselves in, the Japanese aren’t alone.

  • Dr. Kwyatt

    I’d probably actively seek out such places for the low rates. Ghosts don’t exist, so what the hel;l do I care?

  • 古戸ヱリカ

    A mysteriously appearing semicolon? I’m not saying it was ghosts, but…

  • Brittney Howdyshell

    It’s a known fact that the semicolon is the one of the most ghastly of the punctuation marks, trumped only by the much dreaded dash.

  • Kaycee

    I live in Japan and I have no idea if the house I’m renting had people commit suicide in it or not. Considering how much my rent is (expensive for the area, but it’s a big house), I’m not getting a suicide discount for sure, so maybe not? I don’t know. I really don’t care if so. I like my house.

    Also, graveyards don’t bother me. Every time I’ve been to a graveyard, even at midnight with people on a very dark night with people that really believe in ghosts and spirits, I’ve never felt anything menacing or evil or bad about graveyards. They feel more quiet and peaceful to me. I wouldn’t have an issue with living next to one.

  • bonbon

    If an appartment is older than -say 50- years, there’s probably something “scary” happened there. Not necessaryly suicide, but maybe a normal death, a cruel husband (or wife)…
    Having lived almost my entire life near a graveyard and passing it every morning on my way to school, often in darkness, I’m not too much afraid of these ^^ In fact, I like graveyeards. They’re green and well retained, in contrast to many public parks, and they’re quiet. Rather graveyard than kindergarten I’d say :D

  • ジョサイア

    Screw that, Just go mummify your self then I can donate you to a museum :D

  • Emily Howell

    Uh… why the stigma about suicide? Usually, the idea behind hauntings is if they had “unfinished business”. Clearly, if they offed themselves they thought their business was done.
    Scrub it down real good, update some fixtures, and if it makes you comfy handle it spiritually. Other than that, gotta have a place to live. At this rate soon there won’t be any apartments available where someone hasn’t offed themselves. What will people do then? Clearly can’t live in the subway since thats a suicide hotspot too.

    As for charging the families, unless it was a really messy death other than the normal stuff paid for by your deposit they shouldn’t charge much extra. They need to have some respect. Thats the kinda crap that “causes” hauntings, not the actual suicide.

  • SaraWyatt

    Thanks for the tips! I’ll look for an apartment next to a cemetery in which someone has offed themselves. I’ll act really disconcerted about it and try to negotiate an even lower price. kekekeke I actually really like Japanese cemeteries and have a feeling it would be much quieter than other places in the city. Too much ambient noise makes me go a little coocoo. Then again, so does too little. lolololol

  • justin

    I want to know where to find one of these places right now…I’m actually moving to another apartment soon, maybe I’ll ask the real estate agent.

  • Chester

    Thing is, Japanese real estate is absurdly expensive. It’s just insane. Landlords have the ability to basically extort money from their tenants in various, completely legal ways.

    So, look, you have a stupid Japanese tradition of just giving landlords money without getting anything in return on one end, and a stupid Japanese belief in ghosts that drives down apartment rents and…there you have it.

    I would take a suicide apartment in a New York minute.

    Oh, and this article absolutely proves how horrible landlords are in Japan, and how they basically just go around demanding, stealing or extorting money from people. There is nothing whatsoever about a Japanese landlord showing up at a god damned funeral to demand money – that’s all these people understand. Japanese landlords, honestly, probably the worst people in the entire country. Even yakuza have more respect for their fellow man than landlords. Seriously.

  • Chester

    No, there’s no reasonable reason whatsoever to sue the family. Landlords in Japan are just assholes who demand money for any little thing they can think of. It’s what they do.

  • Chester

    No, no. Japanese people are extremely superstitious. Anyone who spends a few minutes here will see it. It spreads far and wide.

    For example, my kids’ school literally has signs up that say, “Please open all the windows [in the dead of winter] to drive out the flu virus.” These are TEACHERS who honestly think opening a window will do anything other than make the kids cold.

    Oh, and the funny thing? My kid had SO MANY classmates sick once, that he had a WHOLE WEEK off from class. Because so many kids…had…guess what -the flu.

    I love Japan, but they have a tendency to just kind of…believe anything.

  • Chester

    Japanese land lords have no respect for anything but money. So…if a land lord can’t take money from YOU (because you killed yourself), the land lord, like a vengeful spirit of revenge, will hunt down every member of your extended family until he can extort as much money as humanly possible. And note from the article: the land lords are PROTECTED by the government in doing this. The courts will side with the crazy land lord who goes around harassing grieving family members.

    That is beyond fucked up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yucchan Yulia Smi

    could be cool :P if its a nice apartment and the rent is on the cheaper side i wouldn’t mind it being hunted and near a cemetery. plus, you have someone to talk to when you get lonely :D

  • John

    Yeah, it kind of sucks :(

  • bec

    I’m very much so an atheist so living in an ex-suicide apartment would be fine by me….especially if it’s cheap… Eeeek.

  • Necrojesta

    I know how to save money if I ever need an apartment over there, surprisingly helpful post.

  • Dave Terhune

    Suicide apartment with a graveyard view? Awesome! When can I move in?

  • Emily Howell

    I thought thats why apartments over there have like, a huuuuuge deposit for everything from eviction, damage, and onwards?

  • http://mistersanity.blogspot.com Jonadab

    > potential buyers must be informed if someone

    > ever committed suicide in the property

    Well, there’s your problem, right there. If you go out of your way to warn people, “Oh, by the way, I’m required to tell you, this apartment you’re looking at is cursed becasue a person COMMITTED CREEPY SUICIDE HERE.”, of course that’s going to weird people out. I can see requiring them to tell the truth about it if the prospective buyer _asks_, but requiring them to tell you even if you don’t ask about it is just plain dumb. If people weren’t concerned about it before, now they will be.

    On the other hand, maybe the landlords are failing to capitalize on a business opportunity here. They should advertise the place as haunted because of the suicide, maybe put in some hidden sound equipment that occasionally produces weird noises at random intervals, make some exotic stains on the walls that only show up in dim lighting, and charge admission by the hour for “ghost watching”, or maybe let groups rent it out for an entire night (or weekend, even) for tests of bravery, creepy parties, seances, initiation rituals, or whatnot. Distribute brochures to the guests detailing in lurid prose the morbid story of how a sad life became a disturbing death. Provide digital video camera equipment with special lens filters, maybe install some infra-red strobe lighting that makes the videos all weird, and encourage guests to post videos of their ghost-watching experiences on your website. Pay a next-door neighbor on the sly to let out a blood-curling scream once a night. Ham it up.

  • Se

    Some chinese hotels skip having a room numbered “four” because of the phonetic similarity with ‘death’. I think this suing the grieving families is outright ridiculous and the government needs to pass legislation. I understand superstition + traditional familial obligation, but perhaps i think the owners should be able to lay claims with a government agency for these sorts of things; not with the family. And legally…the family isn’t on the lease….so how does that work? Maybe the fact that the Japanese law system is very, very far from perfect (a.k.a. corrupt) helps by setting up these wacky precedents.

  • Chester

    Exactly!! The landlord ALREADY has your deposit against damage. And they keep that deposit for any little thing – it’s basically understood here that, if you have an apartment, you aren’t getting your deposit back. It is gone, and there is nothing you can do about it.

    On top of that, it’s typical for a landlord to demand a month’s rent before you move in. Note that it’s not “in advance.” It’s just a month’s rent. You literally get nothing in return for that. It doesn’t go towards anything – it’s just a gratuity that your landlord demands of you, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

    Think about that: if your rent is 100,000 yen (1,000 dollars), you pay your landlord 1,000 dollars before you move in. It doesn’t go towards anything; it isn’t credited to your account. You just hand it over for his beer money. So these landlords ALREADY have piles of your money before you even move in. And they STILL go after your family after you kill yourself?

    Again, Japan is a great country, but their morality is centered on what is appropriate, not what is good. So a landlord demanding money from you is seen as perfectly fine – they’re the landlord, so they’re in that position. I’ve heard people say that, “Oh, bullying a child is just natural – he’s weak after all.” People love to talk about how peaceful Japan is, but this right here is indicative of Japan’s underlying brutality, and survival-of-the-fittest moral code.

  • luscher

    hate to ask about such a sad topic, but can anyone tell me the name of the park where people go to commit suicide ? i’ve wanted to research it, but did not get the name. it seemed to be near the base of Mt. Fuji. the local officials do a sweep every year to pick up human remains, campsite debris, remove ropes from the trees (like leaving breadcrumb trails – apparently getting turned around is easy due to foliage density), tow cars abandoned in the visitor parking area, and so on

    thank you

  • None

    I would be okay with living in an apartment as long as it’s in good condition. A friend in Japan was considering of getting an apartment in down town. The one he found for cheap was where a suicide had happened before. Though when he went to check the place, he said he could still smell the blood. The person who commited suicide stabbed himself multiple times and wasn’t found until the blood reached outside the door. They did their best to renovate the place and get rid of the smell, but they would need to work more on it if they want someone to live there.

  • Li

    Of course I’d take advantage of it. During my house shopping, it was never mentioned if someone died in any of the apartments I looked at though. I think they figure most gaijin is not aware of that rule or care even, and like the parents of the deceased, takes advantage…

  • Sondra

    I would be too scared and paranoid if I lived in one of these suicide apartments…

  • luscher

    Brittney, if you are cursed with a (post-operative) semi-colon you are guaranteed to have a great many dashes before you die …

    (my initial assumption was a way to avoid curse detection)

  • http://www.facebook.com/SaraAlgeriaBarca Sara Barça Para Siempre

    Although I’m a bit supersticious,, but I would take the risk and try living in a suicide appartment if the price is good,,, It may sounds weird for some people, but I believe that if I would believe in evil spirits It would b really helpfull to believe in the power of something/one greater than it (in my case I start thinking of the power of God when I get scared sometimes,, and I realy feel relieved after a while) :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/albert.martino.3 Albert Martino

    i have lived in a house in which murder had been committed. it didn’t bother me one bit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/albert.martino.3 Albert Martino

    when a ghost comes visiting during the night don’t complain here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/albert.martino.3 Albert Martino

    i hope she is not still in the apartment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/albert.martino.3 Albert Martino

    i can’t imagine what blood smells like. please enlighten us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/albert.martino.3 Albert Martino

    its better you don’t know the location otherwise we might find you hanging out there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/albert.martino.3 Albert Martino

    kill the landlord. leave the body in the apartment or house. fix them good.

  • luscher

    ”hanging out there” — unintentional double entendre ?

    alternative attempts at humor include, but are not limited to, “do you need a car that badly ?” “do you collect human bones to sell to hospitals or medical colleges ?” and “is this a ‘salmon swimming back upstream’ kind of situation ?”

    in any event, don’t bother volunteering to help at a suicide hotline

  • http://twitter.com/jamieism Jamie Lynn Lano

    The real question is, where can I find the list of super-nice but dirt cheap suicide apartment rentals so that I can move in?

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  • Sophie

    I would. And I would sit in my suicide apartment while watching my Japanese Horror flick.

  • http://about.me/suicide_blond suicide_blond

    I’m from the south — I’ve never lived anywhere that didnt claim to be haunted — so doubt it would bother me at all … the more “spirits” the merrier
    xoxo

  • http://twitter.com/Kerensa Kerensa

    My friend who committed suicide? Of course not. They cremated her at the morgue.

  • Raymund Hensley

    What if it was really nice and the rent was super cheap? To live in Japan? Sign me up.

  • Y.

    I’d live in a suicidal apartment. I’d feel more sad than scared.
    I just can’t believe someone would demand such a thing from a morning family…

    I did live with a woman who was very superstitious, and who’d get her buildings (she opened many stores) blessed upon opening them. She was terrified of ghosts, and once stated, very seriously that if anyone ever died in one of her stores, she’d sell it in a heartbeat.

  • Y.

    *mourning.

  • Lucia

    Definitely. Being from another country, It would be highly difficult to find a place to live there. If I were to live there for any amount of time, I’d consider this as a more affordable/viable option. I have lived in an apartment here where a lady killed herself by leaving an oven on or something to that effect. Honestly? I didn’t think about it nor was I uncomfortable either. I guess it just takes a certain type of person to not view this as a “Creepy, Scary, Uncomfortable” living situation.

    Also, Suing the family is like whipping a dead horse to get him to run a little farther. I think its incredibly insensitive and bordering on inhuman. No wonder suicide is so big, People aren’t even being viewed as human. They’re being viewed as productivity robots or inconveniences. =/

  • Wendybird

    Ghosts are allergic to me… no seriously. I’ve been in situations with other people who were experiencing supernatural activity, and I neither saw nor felt anything from it, other than my friend being weird and freaking out on me. I lived across the street from a cemetery as a teen and I found it a lovely quiet place to enjoy nature, in spite of the unmarked graves and purported murder victims secretly buried there. Plus I’m a frugal zealot, I even buy discount meat, I would be all over those apartments.

  • Jnax

    I am thinking about taking some time off to visit japan, these haunted places if they are cheap i am up for it. I am currently living in a haunted house per say. I have some intresting experinces including a dream:

    there is a corner in the room where there is kinda these bad vibes that flows out of it. So in the dream i kinda moved like a spider from my bed. jumped onto the floor and crawled my head was about 5 inches above the floor while i crawled to the corner the vibes where radiating from. but i wasn’t scared. i just thought it was cool and let myself go too see what my body would do.

    After that experince i decided to check if i could someone communicate( As i don’t belive in something i can’t see in physical form). i want to know if something is actually there or if it was just a dream. i threw some ash on the floor and told the ghost to write hes name. I was stading there filming with a phone.(Nothing happend) I still don’t belive in ghots.

    Another experince i felt like (lets call it my soul) was out of my body. i flew out of the room and had a confrontation with a transparent man who was starring murderously at me in another room(not saying anything) then my soul just accelerated away in fear. I wake up in my bed. When i am writing now i am thinking about how much of a wuss my soul must be. i don’t fucking hide from these creatures if they are even there. I would punch that fucker in the face. So if i just got fragmented its cool.

    My emotonal mind is convinced. to bad i only belive in the physical. If i can’t punch it, it isnt real to me.

  • jnax

    lol that was fast, i thought that was good story. why delete it?

  • usvietnamvet

    I don’t fear the dead. I’ve lived in places where unexplained things have happened but I don’t believe the dead can hurt you.

  • usvietnamvet

    Most Japanese are not atheists they are non religious, quite a different thing.

  • usvietnamvet

    We have the same laws in the US. Most people don’t care or they have the home “purified” by saging it. Ghosts can’t be too powerful if an herb can drive them out.

  • usvietnamvet

    Apparently they’re taking lessons from the bankers and financiers here in the US.

  • usvietnamvet

    These things only happen because people allow them to happen. If some landlord did that to some Jewish or Italian mother she’d slap him silly. He’s be lucky if he didn’t fly into next Tuesday. Actually I think most American mothers would smack him. American women who have lost a loved one are not to be messed with.

  • usvietnamvet

    Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home in Ohio is for sale for $295000. A bit high I think, especially given the history as he committed his first murder there.