This is a story that my brother experienced. One day, my brother was walking around the house looking for me.
“Yurika, where are you?” he called out.
He opened the door of the Japanese style room where we keep the butsudan (Buddhist altar to the family ancestors), and he found a girl sitting in front of the altar. He thought the girl was I.
“What do you want?” He heard my voice coming from behind him. He quickly turned around to find me standing there.
“What?” he said. Weren’t you just sitting over there? ”He turned towards the altar again, but there was no one there.
We ran in a hurry to find our mom. “Mom! Mom!
My brother explained his experience to my mother. Then she told us something we had not known before. Before I was born, my mother had been pregnant with a little girl baby, but, unfortunately, the baby was still born. We think that girl sitting in front of the altar was our sister who wanted to meet us.
-– Yurika Matsuoka
Extract from Kanashibari: True Encounters With the Paranormal In Japan by Thomas Bauerle – Out no in Kindle and paperback formats
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