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Kuchisake-onna (Slit-mouthed Woman): Children walking alone at night may encounter a woman wearing a surgical mask, this is not an unusual sight in Japan as people wear them to protect others from their colds or sickness. The woman will stop the child and ask, ‘Am I beautiful?’. Most children will answer yes, in which case the woman asks ‘How about now?’ and removes her mask to reveal her mouth has been slit from ear to ear. Regardless of whether the child answers yes or no at this point, the woman will kill them. To escape the Kuchisake-onna, you can answer her second question with “You’re average” or “So-so”, and you can escape while she is confused, or you can throw fruit or sweets at her which she will pick up, thus giving the victim a chance to run. One other way is to ask her if you are pretty, she will get confused and leave.

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