red or blue ?
In the first evening of our school trip in Shiga prefecture ,( i will not say where there cause i don't wan't to anyone counter what i did ) we were sitting outside in the dark where only the rise paper lamps shed their soft light around. One person in our group suddenly started speaking .
" have anyone of you heard about this spirit that is seen in bathrooms?" Some people laughed and someone said " here comes the old wife's tale that is must in school trips". I how ever was ready to hear the story though i was not believer in supernatural . Stories just were good way to make time fly more quickly.
Without waiting answer from people he continued " When visiting Public or school toilets anywhere in Japan you may encounter malicious spirit called Aka Manto. He is said to be hansom during his life and that he had been haunted with admirers so now in afterlife he wears cape and covers his face with mask."
Someone laughed again and jokingly said " you just wish you had that same problem " He grinned at the person and said something about him being smart ass and how it was not polite to interrupt when someone was talking.
" It is said that when you go and use the toilet and sit in the stall especially if you use the last one you can hear voice asking "Do you want red or blue paper?"
I leaned my head against the wall and looked at him with growing interest " If your choice is red you will end up being ripped apart until your clothes will be covered in blood or if you choose blue you will be strangled until your face turns the same color as the paper you asked for "
I felt chills but i smiled . Even though i did not believe in old wife's tales something about this story felt more eerie than the usual stories he told us. And the feeling that i needed to use bathroom did not help.
He looked at couple of other boy in our group who pretend to be sleeping . He raised his voice saying " Any attempts to be smart ass and outsmart Aka Manto will lead him dragging you to the Netherworld, only way you can save yourself is to say "no paper" and he will leave you alone "
The air was starting to feel cold and others began to relocate inside of the place we were staying in and in the end only me and him were still sitting outside . I stood up and started walking towards the bathroom when i heard his voice saying " don't get in trouble there " I looked at him and just smiled when he grinned at me .
I have to admit that i felt little bit scared when i walked inside of the bathroom . There was 3 stalls inline on left side of the room. "just my luck " i thought when i saw that the two of the stall were occupied.
Sighing i entered the last stall. After couple of minutes i laughed at my foolish believes in those stories. when i was about to leave the stall and go wash my hands i heard soft manly voice asking
" do you want blue or red paper?"