Kokkuri-san, The Japanese Oujia Board

Kokkuri-san

Konnichiwa Akibanation readers, have you ever watched an anime titled Gugure?? Or Kokkuri-san?? In the new anime which was released in October 2014, the main character named Ichimatsu Kohina played a game called Kokkuri-san. The main plot of the story in the anime was still funny and kawaii. However Akiba-kei and Akiba-chan, do you know what kind of game Kokkuri-san actually is?? Brace yourself.. Here, I will tell you the truth.

Kokkuri san~

Japan is famous for having many creepy urban legends, one of which is a game of spirit summoning called Kokkuri-san. This game is similar to the Ouija in western culture. The difference is where the Ouija requires wooden board with English alphabet and a planchette, the Kokkuri-san requires a paper with the Japanese hiragana letter and a coin.

Kokkuri-san

How the game played is to put the index finger of each participant on the coin that placed on top of the paper. After that, you spell out the mantra (sacred hymn) to call the spirit, the mantra is “Kokkuri-san, Kokkuri-san, oide kudasai” (Kokkuri-san, Kokkuri-san, please come).

Kokkuri-san oide

If the coin moves, it indicates that the spirit has come. Participants are free to ask anything during the game. Some stories mention that Kokkuri-san only told the participants about the date of their death. If you want to put an end to this game, the participants should not forget to say their goodbye to Kokkuri-san. If they ignored doing this, they will be haunted endlessly.

kokkuri san

Another way to get away from Kokkuri-san haunting spirit is to dispose game equipment within a certain procedure. For example, spending the money or to make use the pen used to write the hiragana. Failure to do so will result a misfortune or even death to the players.

Well, turns out it’s scary as hell.. the Kokkuri-san. So, do not ever think to try it at home!!

 

 

This maybe a game, but it isn’t meant to be played,
Kawahara Reki