Kokkuri-san is the most well-known scary game in Japan. It is similar to the ouija board and often played by Japanese schoolchildren who want to summon a spirit so that they can ask questions about the future.
- At least two people
- A sheet of paper
- A Pen
- A Coin
Step 1: Take a blank sheet of paper and draw a “torii" at the top of the page in red ink. Write “YES” and "NO" on either side of of the torii. Beneath this, write one row of numbers (from 0-9) and three rows of letters (A-Z)
Step 2: Open a window or a door so that the spirit will be able to enter the room . The torii represents the gateway to a Shinto shrine and the spirit will enter and exit through it.
Step 3: Place a coin on the red torii. Each person should put their index finger on it.
Step 4: Call the spirit by saying "Kokkuri-san, Kokkuri-san, if you’re here, please move this coin." You can ask the spirit whatever you want and it will move the coin to spell out the answer.
Step 5: To end the game, you must ask the spirit to leave by saying, "Kokkuri-san, Kokkuri-san, please return home." The coin will move to “YES” and will then come to a rest on the red torii.
Step 7: When you are certain that the spirit has left, you must destroy the paper. Either tear it up or burn it. The coin you used must also be spent before the end of the next day.
Note: Kokkuri-san is not dangerous and is a much safer alternative to the ouija board. However, it is still not recommended that you play because many people can become upset or depressed if they receive answers they do not like. Also, keep in mind that Kokkuri-san can be a bit of a trickster spirit and can easily lie to you.