Meet “Kuchisake-Onna” – Japan’s Most Legendary Monster

Meet Kuchisake Onna Japan s Most Legendary Monster

Kuchisake-Onna is an urban legend that still haunts the people of Japan.

The name ‘Kuchisake-Onna’ translated stands for “The Slit-Mouthed Woman”. The fear amongst those dwelling in Japan is that she roams the streets of searching for her foes. The frail and ‘ghoul-esque’ woman would approach strangers with a surgical mask on and ask the simple question:

“Am I pretty?”

And of course, people will say “yes” because she’s looking for an opinion. However, the twist comes in when she removes the facial mask revealing her true appearance. A bloody slit mouth, exposed and raw – from cheek to cheek. She’d look at the person and ask:

“Am I pretty now?”

At this point she’d do one or two things: 1. slit her prey’s mouth in the same fashion or 2. cut them in half (yes, half) if they responded in a negative way. Equipped with a pair of scissors, Kuchisake-Onna will do her damage to her prey.


Japan’s culture has a entire catalog of tales, myths and urban legends; primarily due to its history which dates back as far as 35,000 BC. Locals use these cultural tales as folklore to offer moral advice to teach one another – especially children. Some of these stories are so horrifying to hear, one would think “there has to be some truth behind this.” 

Does she really exist? In the late 70’s, Japan locals recall seeing a strange figured woman chasing children around the streets. This all linked back to the urban legend of Kuchisake-Onna.

Out of all urban tales, the horrifying legend of Kuchisake-Onna is the most widely-known. Listen to more details below, as it gets pretty deep.


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