The Ghost of Yotsuya

The Ghost of Yotsuya

Since I used to watch horror films when I was a child, there’d been something puzzling me ever since. It was a simple question, “Why do you feel scared when you see a ghost?” Theoretically, it’s complicated. When I was small I didn’t understand logic, but I found it strange. In The Ghost of Yotsuya, when the ghost appears, Iemon dies. Then he becomes a ghost and the two become buddies. The story differs between this and the other versions, but at the end, Oiwa and Iemon go up to heaven together. It’s a happy ending yet he’d been so frightened of her! But of course, once they die, they’re dead and happy together, and there’s no reason to be frightened anymore. You’re not sure what happens when you die. You might disappear completely. Since you don’t know what death is, you get scared. The ghost you see is an example of what you will become after death. Once you realize this, it frees you from your fear, you understand it. It may come as a great relief.