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October 19, 2016

Hear traditional Japanese ghost stories at Shofuso

The tradition dates back to Japan's Edo Era

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The roof of the Shofuso Japanese House is made of traditional hinoki bark.

On Oct. 29, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia will host a Halloween event at Shofuso Japanese House & Garden. Folklorist Matthew Meyer will tell traditional Japanese ghost stories by candlelight once the sun sets.

During Japan’s Edo Era (1603-1868), there was a popular party game called Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, which translates to "Gathering of One Hundred Supernatural Tales." 

In the game, participants would try to tell 100 ghost stories in the hope of causing a ghostly apparition to appear. Since remembering 100 different ghost stories was difficult, the party game helped spur the need for books and pamphlets.

The Japan America Society and Meyer are keeping the tradition alive by sharing the spooky tales of the supernatural this Halloween weekend.

Attendees to the event are asked to dress warmly. Tickets are $25 per person. Light refreshments will be provided.

Ghost Stories at Shofuso

Saturday, Oct. 29
6-7 p.m. | $25 per person
Shofuso Japanese House & Garden
Horticultural and Lansdowne drives