Tomino’s Hell – Japanese Urban Legend

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This is popular Japanese story is about a poem called “Tomino’s Hell.” They say that you should only read with your mind, and never out loud. If you were to read it out loud, then you must take responsibility for your actions.

Tomino is a japanese urban legend about a poem that kills anyone who recites it out loud.In this world there are things that you should never say out loud, and the Japanese poem “Tomino’s Hell” is one of them. According to the legend, if you read this poem out loud, disaster will strike. At best, you will feel very ill or injure yourself. At worst, you could die.

One person said: “I once read Tomino’s Hell on the air for an online radio show called Radio Urban Legends. At first everything was normal, but gradually my body, it became difficult to read. I read half of it and then broke down and threw it away. Two days later I got injured and I was left with seven stitches. I do not want to think that this was because of the poem.”

This is a rough English translation:

Tomino’s Hell

The older sister vomits blood, the younger sister spits fire.

Cute Tomino spits treasured jewels.

Tomino died alone and fell into hell.

Hell, darkness, with no flowers.

Is it Tomino’s older sister that whips?

The number of red welts is worrisome.

Whipping and beating and pounding,

The path to eternal hell is only one way.

Beg for guidance into the darkness of hell,

From the golden sheep, from the nightingale.

How much is left in the leather bag,

Prepare for the endless journey into hell.

Spring comes and into the woods and valleys,

Seven turns in the dark valley of hell.

In the cage is a nightingale, in the cart a sheep,

In the eyes of cute Tomino are tears.

Cry, nightingale, for the woods and the rain

Voicing your love for your sister.

The echo of your cry howls through hell,

and a blood-red flower blooms.

Through the seven mountains and valleys of hell,

Cute Tomino travels alone.

To welcome you to hell,

The glimmering spikes of the needled mountain

Stick fresh punctures in the flesh,

As a sign to cute Tomino.

Tomino’s Hell” is written by Yomota Inuhiko in a book called “The Heart is Like a Rolling Stone” , And was included in Saizo Yaso’s 27th collection of poems in 1919. It’s not sure how this rumor started, but there’s only a warning that “If you read this poem out loud, tragic things will happen.” It just looks like a curse.It asks to not compare this with the common ”You’ll grow taller” or even “My parents died.” Do you get a sense of how dangerous this is?

 

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