It’s a lot scarier when it’s not meant to be scary.
The Choshi Electric Railway in Chiba is one of the strangest railroads in Japan. It has only one line with a total of 10 stations and serves less than one million passengers per year. Considering that other stations in Tokyo serve over a million per day, you might be wondering how it stays in business.
And the answer is: it is not, fundamentally.
Choshi Electric Railway only stayed afloat by making more than 80% of its profits from sell self-deprecating gag gifts, such as “Mazuibo” (“Gross Stick”, a play about the popular snack bar Umaibo – “Delicious Stick”), and literal pieces of himself in cans.
▼ In 2018, they even officially changed their name to “Choshi who refuses to give up”, displayed on this sign.
Since this is such a legendary train station, our Japanese writer Masanuki – a fan of all things weird – decided he wanted to see what the train itself looked like.
And not just any train, but the last one available the night.
There is something a little magic on the last train of the day. This is the train drunk people usually take to get home, so it’s not uncommon to hear stories of strange things that are seen or happened to them.
▼ Masanuki cautiously approached Choshi’s last train of the day, both puzzled by the fact that there were hardly any passengers, and by its pink color.
Ah! Apparently the station was collaborating with Iwashita, a ginger company that has had some weird promotions before, so it makes sense …
▼ Masanuki had unwittingly entered a nightmare.
The colorful pink balloons and stuffed animals might have been lovely decorations during the day, but at night they were nothing less than cold and vigilant demons. The fact that the train was also completely silent and empty gave off the same unsettling feeling as a discontinued Chuck E Cheese.
▼ There were a few more on the train, but Masanuki couldn’t be sure they weren’t monsters too…
… just to try and say that when that old woman under the balloons turns around, she won’t have sewn-up eyes and broken glass teeth!
The decorations even masked the names of the stations on the line. This is because there was only one destination for Masanuki now: directly hell.
Fortunately, Masanuki claims he was not attacked by stuffed animals, suffocated by balloons, or eaten by monsters during the train ride. He made it safely to Inuboh station, the penultimate stop, and took this photo to prove it.
a completely normal photo taken by a perfectly happy passenger!
▼ He also says that they also sell the “Mazuibo” collaboration at Inuboh station, so check them out if you want to sacrifice your soul at the station are interested!
Masanuki might be acting weird since returning from a trip, with his weird fungal smell and eyes rolling inside his head, but that’s just classic Masanuki for you!
Although he was very adamant in showing us around another station recently. Another little station that looks like it came straight out of a horror movie.