Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai

If you're a fan of Paranormal State, you're already familiar with this game. Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai a.k.a. Ancient Japanese Candle Game is simple to play. At night, you light a hundred candles. All players gather around these candles and one by one tell a kaidan or ghost story. After each person tells a story, you extinguish a candle until all have been blown out. The object of the game is to evoke spirits, a hundred to be exact.

It's unknown how this game began. However, it is believed Samurai warriors were the first to play as a test of courage. It later became popular among the townspeople. Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai and an advancement in technology led to many kaidan themed books, collecting stories from Japan and China.

Has anyone played this game? Have any stories to tell?


Anonymous said…
If you are interested in learning more about Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, or Japanese ghost stories in general, I have a blog of translated stories that might interest you!



Zack Davisson
Anonymous said…
cool:D i really like that game, its so cool:D

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