Gifu's "Slit Mouth Woman" Haunted Attraction to Be Ended

Society

Gifu, Sept. 21 (Jiji Press)--A haunted attraction in Gifu, central Japan, featuring "Kuchisake-onna" (slit mouth woman), is set to be ended on Monday, after having attracted some 85,000 visitors since 2012.

The city is believed to be the origin of the urban legend. In the late 1970s, the rumor of Kuchisake-onna started among local children, according to Yasuo Inagaki, 50, spokesman for the attraction.

The rumor then spread to elsewhere in the country, while becoming increasingly exaggerated. She was eventually rumored to eat people and slash them with a knife, Inagaki said.

The haunted attraction was launched by six Gifu natives, using a vacant lot in the Yanagase shopping street.

The attraction "brought new life to the deserted shopping avenue," said a woman who worked in a nearby building at the time.

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