Kuchisake-onna

Kuchisake_OnnaA young woman who lived hundreds of years ago and was the wife or concubine of a samurai. She was very beautiful but also very vain, and she was discovered to have been cheating on her husband. The samurai, extremely jealous and feeling cuckolded, attacked her and slit her mouth from ear to ear, screaming "Who will think you’re beautiful now?

That woman roams around during foggy evenings, with her face covered by a surgical mask, which would not be especially unusual, as people with colds often wear masks for the sake of others in Japan. When she encounters someone, primarily children or college students, she will shyly ask, "Am I beautiful?" ("Watashi kirei?").

If the person answers yes, she will take off her mask and say, "Even like this?"

At this point, if the victim answers "No," she will slay them with a pair of huge scissors.

If the victim tells her she is pretty a second time, she follows the victim home and slays them in their own doorway. This is because  the word "kirei" , Japanese for ‘pretty,’ is a near homophone of "kire", the imperative form of "to cut".

kuchisake-onna-pi01If the victim answers "You’re average", they are saved.

Also, the answer "so-so," causes the Kuchisake-onna to think about what to do, and her victim can escape while she is in thought. One way to escape is to present the Kuchisake-onna with amber, hard candy. Another is to say "pomade" three times (in some versions, six times). This will make her either falter and turn or run away. If the victim has pomade, they can write with it behind her back to keep her from following. The reason is that this reminds her of either the dentist’s or (plastic) surgery smells, or that her boyfriend used it.

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Kyla from Seattle, WA

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59 Responses

  1. Kat says:

    That looks so real but its probally not

  2. Kuchisake-Cayonna says:

    I believe that this may or may not be a false story… It depends on where you come from. In my country, Japan, we believe in it with a passion! We even offer her some tribute to pay our respects by walking around with hard amber candy in our pockets so if we do have a sighting of her, then we will be prepared. My family actually named me after her and said that i am a blessing. They then slashed my face open. Now, people avoid me or worship me by saying oh Kuchisake we are sorry that your family did this to you but now you understand how Kuchisake-Onna felt. This is my reply for you. Please be inclined to feel however you’d like to about this legend. You wont offend any japanese citizen but don’t make fun of this legend either that is rude.

  3. Larenuf96 says:

    I watched the movie, this is not correctly written according to the legend of the slit mouth woman.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is believed to be true there was an incident in the 1900s that a women was ranned over while she was chasing kids with scissors and they found her cheecks to be cut open when they investigate her body from the crash

  5. susie says:

    i wonder what would happen if you said she wasnt exactly pretty in that state but she was still pretty cool

    • Anonymous says:

      well you speak english, she speak japanese, she stabs you then tells you to stop speaking gibberish or she will kill you

  6. mysterysurcher says:

    i don’t think she looks good with the mask, but with out the mask she looks pretty average

  7. britt says:

    I’ve heard a different version that says if you answer yes to does she look pretty she makes you the same as her.

  8. :P says:

    sounds cool

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen that movie.

  10. Funnybunny says:

    Kuchisake-Cayonna did ur parents really slit ur mouth?

  11. Ali says:

    Shes Beutiful<3(:

  12. mac says:

    she actually looks good^^

  13. Caiti says:

    I feel sorry for her…

  14. amy faith says:

    i would just tell her she’s average even if she was really ugly for the safety of my life. :)

  15. Ryu says:

    I wish she was real XD

  16. 13bruhjr says:

    bruh she cool and all but she aint ugly so … i would say she be lookin nice i love her eyes >>SHE AINT UGLY<< ;)

  17. mason says:

    glad i live in florida…

  18. Anonymous says:

    Man this chick is one ugly as* mofo

  19. Fakin'It says:

    Does anyone know if you can get the film dubbed in English?

  20. Глупый says:

    I love this story so much! this is actually the story that got me interested in this field of genre :3

    I’ve seen both the original movie (Carved) and it was amazing! the sequel? ehh, not so much. it’s one of those typical sequels that completely ruin the franchise by butchering the original storyline for the sake of continuity, like Highlander II. either way, this story is just a masterpiece of Japanese folklore. I even read that this legend was taken to such an extent that it caused regional panics all across the country, setting curfews for children out at night and having teachers accompany their students home after school. there’s even supposed to be an American version of this story about a clown that corners you in public restrooms. he’ll say “death or smile?” if you say death, he immediately kills you. however, if you say smile, he’ll cut your mouth from ear to ear, similar to the kuchisake-onna. and Cayonna, I’m very sorry for your circumstances. this is why I’m glad we have D-FAX in America. I’d look into getting your parents put away for a long time if I were you.

  21. Misti says:

    THANK GOD, I LIVE IN CROATIA!

  22. Jayy says:

    She’s average either way and I’m not saying that for the safety of my life :( :( <3

  23. H.C.P. says:

    Mm sound like the joker from batman lol

  24. Anonymous says:

    I’m 11 and I’m asking how some of these are for kids???

  25. karla says:

    i feel sorry for u kuchisake cannoya everyone is diffrent in thier own ways

  26. vickie says:

    i never got why she went after kids when her boyfriend was the one that killed her

  27. baboo says:

    this is a movie

  28. Pewdiepie says:

    Poor Kuchisake.

  29. KUCHISAKE says:

    DO YOU THINK IM PREETY?

  30. totaly not your friend says:

    meh

  31. mike says:

    nice. another story to scare the **** out of me. alongside slenderman they are an unstoppab… wait, do i see a connection? both kill. both roam the forests. both are scary as hell

  32. JENNIFER says:

    She actually is pretty….

  33. Anonymous says:

    She makes me think of Jeff the killer :l

  34. Anonymous says:

    Hellur Mother Lur Chellur ;)♥

  35. Anonymous says:

    Wannnnnnna SMD?

  36. hahh says:

    i…….ummm?????,…….i forgot!

  37. Anonymous says:

    who is more scary bloody mary or slit-mouth woman

  38. Dragon Woman says:

    Why is this in the Children section?

  39. megan says:

    I will remember that. YOU’RE AVEREAGE GIRL, YOU’RE AVERAGE!!!

  40. person says:

    What if u say no the first time…

  41. Anonymous says:

    In a book of legends I read it said that if you say no to the first question she will kill you on the spot.

  42. Anonymous says:

    YOU’RE AVERAGE!!!!!!

  43. Anonymous says:

    bored

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