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Kaidan

Kaidan (怪談) (sometimes transliterated kwaidan) is a Japanese word consisting of two kanji: 怪 (kai) meaning “strange, mysterious, rare or bewitching apparition" and 談 (dan) meaning “talk” or “recited narrative.”

In its broadest sense, kaidan refers to any ghost story or horror story, but it has an old-fashioned ring to it that carries the connotation of Edo period Japanese folktales. The term is no longer as widely used in Japanese as it once was: Japanese horror books and films such as Ju-on and Ring would more likely be labeled by the katakana horā (ホラー?, "horror") or the standard Japanese kowai hanashi (怖い話?, "scary story"). Kaidan is only used if the author/director wishes to specifically bring an old-fashioned air into the story.

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  • The Passion of a Woman Teacher
  • The Ghost Cat and the Mysterious Shamisen
  • Ghost Cat of Nabeshima
  • Yotsuya Ghost Story Part 1
  • Yotsuya Ghost Story Part 2
  • Ghost Story: Passion in Fukagawa
  • Ghost-Cat of Arima Palace
  • Ghost of Saga Mansion
  • Ugetsu
  • The Ghost Cat of Ouma Crossing
  • Terrible Ghost Cat of Okazaki
  • A Samurai's Love
  • Returning Spirit
  • Ghost-Cat of Gojusan-Tsugi
  • Appeal on the Cross
  • The Legend of the White Serpent
  • The Phantom Cat
  • The Swamp
  • The Ghosts of Yotsuya
  • White Fan
  • Ghost-Cat of Yonaki Swamp
  • Ghost in the Well
  • The Ghost of Kasane
  • Ghost Stories of Wanderer at Honjo
  • The Living Koheiji
  • Black Cat Mansion
  • The Ghost-Cat Cursed Wall
  • Ghost Cat of the Tricky Ceiling
  • The Mother Tree
  • White Snake Woman
  • Obsessive Snake
  • Blue Snake Bath
  • Ghost Story: One Eyed Jizo
  • Haunted Cave
  • The Ghosts of Kagami Pond
  • The Ghost of Yotsuya
  • The Temptress and the Monk
  • Yotsuya Ghost Story
  • The Demon of Mount Oe
  • The Ghost Cat of Otama Pond
  • Ghost Story: Depth of Kasane
  • Ghost Story of a Woman Diver
  • Jasei no in
  • The Priest and the Beauty
  • Travel with Ghost
  • The Old Temple Well
  • The Tale of Oiwa's Ghost
  • Ghostly Tales: The Shamisen
  • Ghost Story: Crying in the Night Lantern
  • Okinawan Horror: Upside-Down Ghost - Chinese Horror: Breaking a Coffin
  • Ghost from the Continent
  • Ghost Story of Devil's Fire Swamp
  • Ghost Story: Cruel Phantom
  • Kwaidan
  • Onibaba
  • Illusion of Blood
  • Love Foolery Case for a Severed Head
  • Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters
  • The Bride from Hades
  • Bakeneko: A Vengeful Spirit
  • Curse of the Blood
  • The Dismembered Ghost
  • The Pit of Death
  • Kuroneko
  • Snake Woman's Curse
  • The Snow Woman
  • Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare
  • Haunted Castle
  • The Curse of the Ghost
  • Yokai Monsters: Along with Ghosts
  • Blind Woman's Curse
  • Masseur’s Curse
  • Hellish Love
  • A Haunted Turkish Bathhouse
  • Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees
  • New Ghost Story Heretic Lust: Oiwa's Vengeful Ghost
  • Empire of Passion
  • Summer of Demon
  • The Living Koheiji
  • Crest of Betrayal
  • The Haunted Lantern
  • J-Horror Anthology: Legends
  • Warau Iemon
  • Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror
  • Kaidan
  • Peony Lantern Ghost Story
  • Kaidan Horror Classics
  • Nihon de Ichiban Kowai Hanashi Edo Kaidan