There’s a famous temple located in Iwamizawa City, Hokkaido, and it’s not famous for its shrines. Instead, it’s well known for the mystery surrounding the doll in the temple.
The creepy Japanese doll is called Okiku aka “The Haunted Doll of Hokkaido”, and it grows human hair, and as the name suggests, is haunted.
The Japanese doll’s origin can be traced back to 1918, when a 17-year-old boy named Eikichi Suzuki bought the doll for his three-year-old sister, Kukiko. She loved it so much, she brought the doll with her everywhere, including to sleep.
Unfortunately, Kukiko later passed away because of a cold, and her family decided to keep the doll and named it Okiku in memory of her. That’s when things started getting strange. The doll’s initial okappa hair style (cropped at around jawline length and with a small fringe over the forehead), now had noticeably longer hair.
The monks in Mennenji Temple was entrusted with the doll in 1938 when the family decided to move from Hokkaido.. Okiku has been residing in the temple ever since and people would come to see it, but aren’t allowed to take photos of it.
Okiku’s hair has now grown all the way down its knees, and the monks would trim the hair from time to time. Although it’s dangerous to trim a haunted doll’s hair, a monk had a dream about Okiku asking him to do it, and decided to follow the instruction.
It’s allegedly said that scientific examination proved the doll indeed has a human child’s hair and some even say that you can see growing teeth in the doll’s mouth if you look close enough.
True story or not, this is definitely one really creepy doll…