Japan is well know for its orderliness, cleanness, safety, strict gun control, and its best lost-and-found program in every public place. However its politics is not so peaceful and uneventful as it seems. The prime minister’s official residence (called Kantei) is a famous haunted house–haunted by bloody incidences in its history.
It is said the official prime minister’s residence was built in 1920s and finished in 1929. It combined the traditional Japanese architectural style with Frank Lloyd Wright’s design. Soon afterwards in May 15, 1932, then Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi, in this Kantei, saw 11 navel officers breaking in. He tried to talk with them at first, but the killer had no intention to say anything. They just opened fire and killed him.
In 1937, more than 1400 army officers surrounded Kantei. They came to assassinate the prime minister Keisuke Okada, but only succeeding in killing Okada’s brother and several ministers who were having a meeting there.
Ever since these two bloody events, wild rumors have been spreading about this cursed house. It is said blood is flowing instead of water if you turn on any faucet. Strange sounds are heard in every room etc. Each prime minister who went to live there had his own way to fend off the evil spirit. For example, Morihiro Hosokawa would burn incense in each room continuously. Tsutomu Hata’s wife invited the most famous psychic to come to take a look. And the psychic told the prime minister’s wife to spray salt all over the house, especially in the backyard.
When Keizō Obuchi became the prime minister, he decided that he wanted to pull down this accursed house and built a new one. Immediately after uttering such a blasphemous statement against the ghostly spirit, he fell to the floor in a coma and soon died.
His successor Yoshirō Mori was tortured by the strange sounds, winds, and images that he couldn’t sleep well. And it is said his many verbal gaffes, for which he was well known, was caused by ghosts rather than by his own design.
I’ve never been to a haunted house and never heard of a haunted house that’s near me. However I once read a book “Weird NJ”. Actually it’s a series of books and I only read one. There are many haunted house listed in there which exist in the vicinity, but now I have forgotten what I read at the time. I can’t even remember one story from that book.