Hair Growing, Haunted Doll of Hakkaido

Haunted Doll of Hakkaido

A young man in the yeah 1918 bought a doll for his baby sister, Okiku. Clothed in a kimono with a traditional black bob, Okiku loved her doll so much she named it after herself and the two were inseparable. Unfortunately, Okiku became ill and died at age three.

Haunted Doll of Hakkaido

Okiku was supposed to be buried with her beloved doll, but instead, her family made it part of an altar they set up in their home. Then they noticed something odd about the doll: its hair was growing. The short, neat bob soon became a long, shaggy mess that would grow to the doll’s knees. The family cut the hair, but it always grew back, stopping just at the knees. The family came to believe that Okiku’s spirit now lived in her doll.

When the family moved in 1938, they were wary of taking the doll with them. Though the doll had never shown any malevolent tendencies, it made them nervous. But if their daughter’s spirit really did live within the doll, they certainly didn’t want to just throw it away. Instead, they gave it to the Mannenji temple, who took it even after being told about the hair. The doll’s hair continued to grow in the hands of the monks and trimming it became a regular chore among the order. 

Haunted Doll of Hakkaido

Even this day, Okiku’s haunted doll still resides in a wooden display box in the temple, and her hair keeps growing. At one point, a forensic team actually tested the hair, and found it was the hair was human. This is not unusual because back in 1918, dolls were commonly made with human hair. Interestingly enough, Okiku’s doll does not seem to be sinister. There is no sinister moves from the doll reported, apart from growing hair it didn’t shortened someone’s life, Yet.

Do you have a explanation or a theory why it only grow hair?


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