Ghost houses are set up especially for the summer in amusements parks in Japan with the tradition linked to Japanese Buddhism which views August as the time when ancestral spirits may return for a visit and Japanese visit their elders’ graves.
This year ghost houses have reported dramatic increases in visitor numbers as they tap into the Japanese tradition of also telling scary stories to send shivers down people’s spines and cool them down.
With temperatures still running high, Tokyo Dome City Attractions has extended its ghost house opening by a month.
"Japanese naturally connect summer with being scared and feeling cool thanks to that," said the Dome’s spokesman Yoshinosuke Goto.
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