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Kage Onna, the Shadow Woman (Japan)

Updated: Feb 7

The shadow of a woman wearing a kimono cast against a traditional Japanese paper wall

Kage Onna appears as the shadow of a woman cast on Japanese traditional paper walls, and she is often sighted along secluded rooms and hallways. Although she typically takes the form of a young woman, she can sometimes scare people by appearing as the shadow of a sinister old hag. This yokai does not harm the residents of the house; and all she does is frighten them with her eerie presence.

However, the haunting by Kage Onna typically foreshadows a more dangerous situation. Houses where Kage Onna appears will soon be infested with more powerful yokai, ghosts, and monsters.


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S. N. Linn is a blogger and author of books on folklore, legends, and heart-pounding ghost stories and paranormal adventures. You can find more of her work on her website:

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