Ghoulish Flash Fiction A to Z: Yūrei (Japanese)

Otsuyu and the Peony Lantern


May brought the cherry blossoms in the mile high city to bloom after the long and frigid winter. Kazou was enjoying a stroll along the artisan shops when he saw a beautiful, thin, pale woman looking at the paintings through t window of the local art gallery.


“Beautiful aren’t they?” he asked. She only nodded in response.


“Do you live around here? I’m a student-art history,” Kazou continued nervously. The pale well-dressed woman only nodded in response again.


“We could go back to my place if you’d like?”Kazou suggested, expecting to be shot down, but the woman nodded in agreement.




—–100 words—–


Today’s haunting beginning is inspired by the Yūrei, in particular the Seductress Ghosts, a ghost of a woman or man who initiates a post-death love affair with a living human, as seen in Botan Dōrō. So in case you couldn’t tell the beautiful woman was a ghost and the story won’t end well for Kazou. For an idea on his fate check out the details of the Botan story.



3 thoughts on “Ghoulish Flash Fiction A to Z: Yūrei (Japanese)

  1. yarnspinnerr says:

    New one for me. Very interesting. 🙂

  2. A post-death love affair … now that is intriguing.
    Well written piece. I enjoyed reading it.

    Silvia @ Silvia Writes

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