We all are accustomed to tales of supposed hauntings after private tragedies; the jilted bride appearing in her wedding dress even though she threw herself out of a window 100 years before; the victim trying to communicate their distress 30 years after their murder.
But what of events that affect hundreds, if not thousands, of people, including those who survived? Disasters that people all over the world often watch unfold? Here is a collection of paranormal occurrences that have been reported in connection to such terrible tragedies.
10. “Ghost Passengers” of Japan . . .
In the years since the 2011 Tohoku tsunami that cost over 16,000 lives, taxi drivers in some of the worst-hit towns such as Ishinomaki, are reporting that they are picking up “ghost passengers.” Yuka Kudo, a student of sociology at the Tohuko Gakuin University, has interviewed more than 100 drivers as part of the research for her graduation thesis. All of the drivers interviewed believed they were picking up a real person. They started their meters, and some noted their experiences in log books.
One of the men interviewed claimed that a few months after the disaster he picked up a young woman who asked to be taken to the Minamihama district. He explained to her that there was nothing left there. The taxi driver went on to recount that the passenger then asked, “have I died?” and that when he turned to look at her, she was gone.
Another driver described how he had driven a young man in his twenties to a part of the city requested but that when he arrived found himself suddenly alone. Interestingly, all of the ghostly passengers were described as young, and Ms. Kudo believes that “young people feel strongly chagrined [at their deaths] when they cannot meet the people they love,” and, “as they want to convey their bitterness, they may have chosen taxis . . . as a medium to do so.”
None of the drivers reported feeling fear at these encounters. Yuka Kudo herself stated, “(Through the interviews) I learned that the death of each victim carries importance . . . I want to convey that.”