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One Man Hide-And-Seek

My friend and I made a cross-post of these events to various communities. Last Saturday morning, we played One Man Hide-and-Seek, which is a Japanese origin ritual/game for contacting the dead. I think it's like Japan's version of Bloody Mary, only it actually works and is kind of terrifying. Read more about it here(I highly recommend reading this first, it's not very long).

The following, minus some minor revisions is cross-posted from my personal journal. My friend Sam filmed the whole thing, and within the next few weeks we should have some videos online chronicling what we did.

I wait outside the apartment until Sam arrives, and we agree to go for a short walk because I am full of piss and the rule is no going outside until it's day once we begin.

We head down a dark block, when we hear a very brief, high pitched screaming sound from a yard up ahead. The screaming lasted about half a second or so. To me, it sounded like a bird scream. Scared, we leave the area and go home, which is only two blocks away. When we get there, Sam sprinkles rock salt along the garden wall (ashtray during winter time) and we say a prayer rubbing it between our fingers.

We go inside, Dad turns in at around 12:40ish, we start making minor preparations for the ritual and then watch some Fievel Goes West until 2:30. Then, the real preparations begin. I'm not listing them in order. We chronicled most of it on camera anyways, thanks to Sam.

It is worth noting, that during the preparations a feeling of unease came over both of us, and after Sam finished sewing up the doll, she began shaking.

- Sam unstuffs the doll, refills it with rice. Sews it back up with red thread.
- We smudge my room, the livingroom and especially the bathroom with sage(we both felt much calmer after this). This is for cleansing.
- Line Dad and my room's door with rock salt, making it spiritually "off limits" for the game.
- Prepare our separate water bottles with salt water (I did this. I used like 3 tbsp of salt each. We used sea salt)
- Put sage in our mouths, then against the soles of our feet, kept in pace by our socks.
- Prepare the hiding place with a glass of salt water underneath it. We unfolded the futon in the living room and made this our hiding spot.
- Filled up the bathtub.
- Put rock and sea salt in the sink, covered up the bathroom cupboard mirror by turning the cupboards away from ourselves. Smeared the mirrors with the salt water.
- I decide against a few trinkets and a coat I was going to wear during the ritual, out of respect.
- Put three of my nail clippings into the doll. 3 was a significant number for this ritual and so I felt it should be three clippings.
- We turned off the light in my room, got our things out and put them in the living room, found an appropriate channel and shut off the TV.
- My choice for the stabbing utensil was scissors.

At some point, after Sam had finished sewing up the doll and we hadn't yet left my room, we heard a scuffling sound and a click of a door opening. At first I thought it was another tenant in the apartment next to us, then I blamed my cat even though we clearly heard a door open Sam was looking right at Dante but I couldn't see him from where I stood. We brushed it off and after a brief exchange were ready to bring everything outside my bedroom. I went to step outside but backed immediately into my room because the closet door near the suite entrance had opened. That was the sound we heard.

After confirming to ourselves we wanted to go through with this, we closed the door to my room and began the ritual. Before the ritual could begin, we set up our cameras and Sam set the doll down on the chair near the hiding place in the living room. When I went to pick up the doll, Sam noted the doll was in a different position than when she'd set it down.

We turned off all the lights in the living room, I took the doll and scissors and Sam brought the camera and I brought the TV remotes as well as my water bottle. I stabbed the doll, did the first chant and named the doll http://www.tobaccobymail.com/images/roger.jpg (call me a faggot but I'm afraid to write the name out in text myself until I've disposed of the doll properly).

The lights out, we ran into the living room, flicked on the tv and after a bit of struggling managed to get under the futon. We heard sounds from the bathroom and the kitchen entrance. We took mouthfuls of salt water from the same bottle, because by mistake I left my bottle in the bathroom(which I didn't find till after we finished the game). I kept the water bottle near me the whole time.

After counting to ten and confirming to ourselves it was time to go, we got up and by the light of Sam's camera screen, navigated through the kitchen into the bathroom. We both had mouthfuls of salt. I got there first, Sam got there second and I saw the door open further behind her, I assumed it was her body weight hitting the door, after talking it over with her it is unlikely. When the door opened further I heard three consecutive bangs, like the door was bouncing against a wall. I forgot at that moment the toilet was beside the door so there was no way it could hit the wall. The whole scene played out very frantically.

The doll was still in the tub. I scooped it up, spat my salt water over it and Sam kind of weakly horked hers onto the doll in turn. I stabbed it and said the next chant, we hid again. The second time around, with me no longer "it", the feeling of heaviness alleviated a little. I think we both felt in less danger this time, for some weird reason. Sam also knocked over our salt water and it spilled all over the floor and my legs and Dante(cat) went under the couch with us and I'm pretty sure he was licking up some of the salt water.

I counted to ten in my head with my eyes closed, tapping Sam's side for every number. We waited a much longer time for round 2 to leave the futon. This time, only I took salt water from the bottle, and Sam put rock salt in her mouth to supplement (I needed the rest of the water to finish the game). I am unsure if we should have waited longer for it to look for us or not.

The doll was gratefully still in the tub, and I scooped it up, spat out my water on it, had Sam spit her rock salt on it. I stabbed it and said, "I win, I win, I fucking win," out of relief.

We cleaned up a little, and cleansed the rooms the game took place in with white candles. The eczema on my face (fairly under control usually) was inflamed and agitated from the salt that dripped down my chin during the ritual. I put on some cream and moisturizer. We submerged the doll in the salt water in the sink to cleanse it and lit a candle underneath the mirror. After a few minutes we drained the water in the sink and I set the doll on a rack over the toilet to dry.

We set up my Nintendo Wii, and put our SD cards in it to watch the movies we made about the ritual. Sam filmed the whole thing, and we had my camera trained on the living room during the ritual's entire duration.

When I turned on my speakers(I hook my sound up to my stereo, not my TV), we heard a girl humming. She hummed four times, and it sounded like she was breathing inwardly as she did it. It may or may not have been 3:30 AM at this point. The entire ritual itself happened in less than fifteen minutes. I turned off my speakers, and turned them on again. No humming. We brought a white candle from the kitchen into my room and I lit some incense. As we oriented the Wii, my speakers started getting louder on their own so I turned them down once manually and it was fine.

We watched the movies, the one Sam filmed by hand was full of noises we hadn't heard during the ritual, most notably a shrieking like the one we heard on our walk, and a popping sound, like a balloon exploding or a cap gun being fired. The banging I heard before was also present, but I found out Sam never heard it once we heard it over the movie.

There is a faint possibility that at the beginning of my movie, someone said, "You listen to me," but it sounds like Sam speaking and for some reason in a half-whisper. It could be an otherworldly voice, or it could be the tail-end of something else Sam was saying. I am not pretending I know if it's legitimate spookies or not. The sound on my camera was bad, and we were too scared to turn up the volume on my speakers while we watched this stuff on my Wii.

(at some point, I forget when, but it was either before or after we watched the movies we filmed, we shared an exchange that she said she didn't feel anymore presences from the game, and I said I still felt some kind of trickster around that wanted to try and scare us)

We decided to finish watching Fievel Goes West, and I told Sam I'd go to the bathroom first. I went into the bathroom, and the doll was in the sink. Sam didn't move it, and obviously neither did I. Spooked, Sam called Angele for advice on what to do because Angele was a total Godsend and stayed awake during the ritual at her and Sam's apartment while we went about poking the figurative ectoplasmic bear. We did a small ritual to clear what may have been lingering, and watched the rest of Fievel Goes West. (NOTABLY during Fievel Goes West, I got up to get something and when I came back it was a scene I liked, so I skittered back over to the sofa to sit and I shit you not the movie paused and when I sat back down it resumed)

On my way back from walking Sam home, I think I heard a man or else Seagulls laughing, two street lamps went off and I met the cutest dog ever that looked like a bull terrier but wasn't. When I got home, the closet door was open again.

I don't feel any presences in the apartment - of this I'm sure. I'm on edge, and I think when that doll is dried out and burned is when the left over weirdness will stop. The ritual isn't entirely over until the doll has been burnt. We will do this at midnight tonight.

That's all that happened, minus some very insignificant details.

(Sidenote: This was written the morning after it happened. The doll has been disposed of and nothing menacing has occurred since. )

Looking back, the events as they played out were fairly scary, but it was creepier afterwards. The feelings it left me with were scarier than the actual process - like the doll moving after the game was over and not during. But on Sam's camera, some shit showed up that was right by our hiding place, by the TV. Notably, hands on the TV screen, and the silhouette of a small head. I'll goad her into posting her side of the story really soon, so you guys can see these totally brick-shitting stills.


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Feb. 12th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
You could just hang out a sign and invite all kinds of entities to move into your place and mess with your lives. That may be exactly what you've done. What happens if you have now invited something in that doesn't want to leave? Are you really sure that the weird stuff will end when you burn the doll?

You played with fire and took a huge risk.
Feb. 13th, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
We burnt the doll before I posted this, actually. Nothing's happened, or even following when I initially wrote that entry, which was the saturday morning it happened.

But I can't pretend what we did wasn't dangerous. It may just be by luck of the draw that we aren't being menaced by any ornery spirits. Even so, I'm grateful. Don't know if I'd play that game again.
Feb. 12th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Why would one ever willingly submit themselves to this, anyway?
Feb. 17th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
we weren't hugged enough as kids :(
Feb. 17th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
Apparently. LOL.
I am glad I hug the shit outta my kid constantly, everyday. ;)
Feb. 17th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
that sounds messy.
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
HA. If you're taking it in a literal since, I suppose it could be... however, I never say anything in a literal since.
Feb. 12th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
looking forward to seeing the still!
Feb. 12th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
I hope you thoroughly know what you messed with and you researched the 'game' far past the site you linked. Things like this should not be played with willy-nilly, especially if you believe in it.

It sounds interesting, but I feel unsafe just reading what happened. I'm not sure if I want to watch the videos, actually, but I hope once you go through them, you can possibly debunk some happenings.
Feb. 13th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
I've already debunked a few. The whispering at the beginning of my video, where what sounded like "You listen to me," was actually my buddy saying "Let's do this," in a low tone. There was some rumbling and "static" sounds I initially thought was paranormal, but it was only because I placed my camera so close to my Dad's mini fridge, which is RLY LOUD.

We did research the ritual beyond the site, but info on one man hide and seek is a little hard to find. There was also a guy on a community we frequent who did the ritual before we did, which helped give us an idea of how to make it "safer" for ourselves. We did a LOT of cleansing rituals before and after the game, and the whole thing was finally acted on following two weeks of planning. We didn't just launch ourselves into the game by the seats of our pants.

But honestly it was still a pretty big risk we took at the end of the day. I can't really decorate that fact.
Feb. 14th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
What online community is this? I would like to read the guys story.
Feb. 14th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
Same here, now that you mention it.
Feb. 14th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
Feb. 12th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Not a terrier, "Chin Dog" I believe they are called (and when I'm not chasing my daughter I'll look it up for you.) Probably stopping whatever from getting you or just checking out the "idiot." (No offense meant but when they are dran by curiosity it's usually do to foolishness in thier eyes.)
Feb. 13th, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
It wasn't a chin dog. It was a bulldog mixed with some kind of toy breed - I asked the owner. Probably a union between dogs that should have never occurred, but the outcome was adorable.

Honestly, I get why you might think I'm an "idiot" for doing what I did, but being greeted by a puppy on a walk after I expressly knelt and held my hand out for it is no indicator of my "foolishness". You don't even know the context in which I approached the dog, I simply mentioned meeting it. If you're going to insult my intelligence, use solid evidence, like the fact that the ritual was dangerous and I did it anyway.

Thanks, Dog Whisperer.
Feb. 16th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
I apologize, but your mentioning the dog lead me to believe it had some relevance other than it happened the same night, and 15 years ago I would have been the first person to throw themselves into copying this ritual to try at home so I won't call a kettle black.
Feb. 12th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
That was probably a really stupid thing to do, but I'm dying to see the stills and/or video.
Feb. 13th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
You say your dad was in bed right? What if he got up to go the bathroom and moved the doll?
When your friend put the doll somewhere before the ritual thing and you get it and she says it moved, well it may not be a spirit. Objects have been known to move randomly. Science is the reason for it. Also I have heard random screams while walking. Some lady finding a dead rat or being exited for example.

I believe in these sort of things but I do want you to think. People try to look for things to creep them out. I do look forward to the video footage. :D
Feb. 13th, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
I live in a fairly small apartment, my Dad is close to 300 pounds, and the flooring is creaky floorboards. If he got up and opened the door, there is no way it would go unheard, especially with us trying to sneak this game in without waking him up. At that point you have to remember our nerves were shot, and we were full of adrenaline. The slightest sound of life in the apartment was enough to make us nearly scream after all that.

The scream on the walk - I'm not going to pretend was anything supernatural, it was just scary to hear when we were buzzing with anticipation. But that being said, when Sam and I went over our movies, the same sound could be heard in one of the intro movies where we were simply explaining the set up. The volume the screaming sound came at was one we should have heard seeing as it was filmed with a digital camera. I keep forgetting to include that on my list of notable sounds.

Finally, when Sam set the doll down, it was face down on the seat. When it moved, it was face up with it's arms over it's head. I totally understand your rationale here in trying to explain the doll-moving phenomena, but I have a hard time believing that science chose to move the principle object in the ritual on that particular night. Twice.

We did and are still going through the movies to rule out sounds that aren't supernatural. I admit it's kind of a slow going process because honestly, it's scary. My movie and hers have become a plethora of EVPs, filled with noises neither of us heard but were straining our ears for during the ritual. The popping sound especially - it took place when we were in the bathroom, and was a solid sound over everything else.

At the end of the day, my strongest conclusion out of this experience is that ritual is intense, and it's a surefire method of attracting spirits. Probably moreso than even a Ouija Board(this is probably because it's similar to voodoo). If you hear shuffling in the kitchen, you can't blame your buddy if they're hiding under the bed with you. If I'm playing a Ouija board, I could easily say my friend might have been moving the slider.

But all that being said, I'm still interested in approaching this with healthy skepticism. But there's just a lot of shit I can't explain that happened on and off camera.
Feb. 13th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
Interesting. i tried searching more for this "ritual" or "game" and I haven't found anything besides the link you posted. Is there anywhere else I could possibly read about this or where it derived from? I am half-Japanese and I've never even heard of this.

And like everyone else, waiting for video!
Feb. 15th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'll harass my buddy into posting her side of the story, and I recommend asking her more about it. She was able to dig up more info on the ritual than I - a couple videos of some japanese kids playing it I think. Detailed info about this ritual is super hard to find.
Feb. 17th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Check out the blog to Saya in Underworld linked above, the original article on One Man Hide and Seek. At the end of her entry she included Japanese footage of the game in progress - there are related videos to that. I imagine there would be more information on Japanese websites centered on this sort of thing, but overall it seems an obscure game.
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Feb. 17th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
We didn't approach it with the mentality of the game - we refer to it more often than not as a ritual. While to embark on it was careless we didn't dive in without a spirital condom of any sort.

goddamn i want cake
Feb. 15th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
I don't know if It's just me, but what was the purpose for this ritual? I read the link and still couldn't figure out what exactly is supposed to happen! I just don't get it.
Feb. 15th, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
Re: ?
Spirit goes into the doll and participates with a game hide-and-seek? It's bizarre. Does the spirit move the doll as if to hide? Or maybe the spirit is running around looking for you, but not in the doll?

I have to reread the information as I'm not overly certain either. Just seems to be a game to play with a spirit and nothing more.
Feb. 15th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
Re: ?
What's supposed to happen in regards to the spirit participant I think varies on the name chosen for the doll, and it's associations. In my case I chose Roger, so what ever was connected to the name Roger got the express invitation, and I imagine what ever type of spirits might be connected to me were stirred. Maybe even what was connected to my friend, to some extent since she was the one who stuffed the doll with rice and sewed it up(we are both wondering if I should have done that, to strengthen the connection between the doll and I).

I think if the doll moves, it means the spirit has tried to hide the doll, or tried to possess it and hide that way. But ultimately, I think what ever happens is unique to the name chosen, and the living participant(s). It's basically a game to play if you want to fuck around with this sort of thing, which we obviously did, I ain't gonna lie.

It's obviously a form of voodoo, which is a reputedly very strong form of spiritual magic. It is very easy to get spirits to possess human shaped effigies, and they often do it without prompt (porcelain dolls, for example. I'm sure we've all heard a story or two about porcelain dolls).
Feb. 15th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
I've just finished reading a book on ghosts, gaining further understanding of them. So what I just read of your ritual or game has given me great shivers and my hands have just turned cold, and I have not seen the still - nor do I intend to.

You honestly don't seem to need another person berating you and your friend, especially since I've only just joined this forum and am a relative stranger to you all.

Sage and sea salt will help banish negativity and will offer a certain amount of protection but am concerned that neither of you even thought to surround yourself with protective white light. That is standard protection, never mind that the sense of forboding was just that - a warning. There are good reasons why we feel that. Because you've planned it for two weeks, you may literally have put an invitation out for spirits to come in. Thought and belief can be as strong; rituals merely enforce them. Just because nothing has happened since doesn't mean whatever you've invited has left, though for your sake, I really hope so.
Feb. 17th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
As far as another person berating us, honestly, feel free, but it's pretty well closing the doors after the horse has bolted.

We did a purifying meditation of white light both before and after. Lauren didn't mention it for her own reasons, and I touch on it in my entry. My girlfriend is deeply interested in the psychic and spiritual, and she was the one who sternly warned me against embarking on the ritual itself, and armoured me the best way she was able with all the knowledge she has.
Feb. 17th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
I don't fault you. Hell, I'd probably do it too if I had a friend with me.

Did you guys just use sage, or did you add in sweet grass?

Also, omnomnom death panda.
Feb. 17th, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
Sweet grass is good too but honestly sage is pretty eclipsing on it's own. We actually only ended up using Sage initially because we were out of sweet grass.

I'm native see.
Feb. 17th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Ah. What I've heard is that the sage 'cleans' all the energy out from an area, and the sweet grass invites positive energy back in, so if you only use sage you kind of create a sort of vacuum once the sage it gone, that could potentially suck things back in.

That's just what I've heard though, it's been a long time since I've used sage. >>
Feb. 18th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
Sage is for cleansing and warding away bad spirits. It's especially useful to women on their periods, because spiritually, they are especially vulnerable during this time. It can be used to the same effect as Sweet Grass(which is also for cleansing and protection), but it's very over powering.
Feb. 17th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
That it's been done is why berating either of you is probably futile. Besides, you seem scared enough still.

I read your version and thought that maybe I can handle pictures. Then, 'oh, that doll doesn't look scary at all...' But nope. Before I got halfway through your post, I started reading faster because it was a bit like being on a say, a rollercoaster - you're on and you can't stop until you finish. And I got the same cold shivery, sick feeling as last time.

I'm glad you protected yourself as best as you could. Please let us know, won't you if anything unpleasant remains, so we can help, if needed.
May. 21st, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
Very interesting! You both are brave.

I have some questions if you don't mind. I was hoping if you could tell us what type of camera that was used and what kind of TV that was used. Also for the Fievel Goes West (one of the great movies of my childhood, thanks for reminding me!)...DVD or VHS?
Jul. 13th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Equipment?
Oh wow, this is a late reply! I don' knwo if you'll get this response since I wrote this so long ago, but here goes:

The TV was a True HD LG brand, 48 inches with real 1080x460 or what ever it is HD pixelation. It's a plasma screen.

The movie was being played in a BluRay player (sony I think) but the movie itself was just a regular DVD. We used regular digital cameras to film everything.
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