Sunday, December 28

Urban Legends: The Slit-Mouthed Woman

The slit-mouthed woman is an urban legend and myth originated from Japan about a woman mutilated by her husband out of jealousy and returned as a malicious spirit (or demon) committing the same acts done to her. Usually her victims are children. This urban legend (like most Urban Legends)has induced and created a short-lived fear and worries to some concerned individuals, specially to Asian children during the 1970s which is why a movie was produced about the tale of the slit-mouthed woman.

A short fan made news on the slit mouthed or the incident of severed mouth woman in the 1980s. Warning: Very Disturbing because I got disturbed hehehe.


There once was a very beautiful and vain woman had a very jealous husband. The jealous husband attacked his wife upon the impression and belief that he was being cuckolded or cheated. what he did was slit the mouth of his wife's beautiful ear from ear to ear screaming "Who will think you're beautiful now?".

The urban legend which is said to originated from the samurai era picks up from that point. The urban legend tells about a woman who has a surgical mask (as people with colds often wear masks for the sake of others in Japan) covering her face was said to roam at night.

Am I beautiful?

"Am I beautiful?"

When she encounters someone (primarily children or college students), she will shyly ask, "Am I beautiful?". If the person answers yes, she will take off her mask and say, "Even like this?" on that point, if the victim answers "No," she will slay them usually with a pair of scissors. If the victim tells her she is pretty a second time, she follows the victim home and slays them in their own doorway, due to the fact that "kirei" (きれい), Japanese for 'pretty,' is a near homophone of "kire" (切れ), the imperative form of "to cut". In other versions of the myth if you reply yes again she will give you a large blood soaked ruby and walk away.

How about now?

"How about now?!?!"

During the seventies, the urban legend went that if the victim answers "You're average", "so-so," or by saying the word "Bryllcreem" three times in a row they will be saved (or can escape) from the wrath of the "kuchisake-onna" (slit-mouthed woman).

slit-mouthed woman

slit-mouthed woman or severed mouth woman

The "Kuchisake-Ona" or Slit-Mouthed Woman on Wikipedia