Witnesses now report ghosts manifesting in record numbers—and record speed—in areas hit by the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.
Phantom Fares in Ishinomaki, Japan
The Mirror, a British newspaper, covered the story in a series of interviews with taxi drivers.
In summary, an estimated 100 taxi drivers in the Ishinomaki district received calls from young men and women in the area. The passengers get in and ask to go to a heavily damaged area of town. When the driver reaches the destination, the passenger disappears. The drivers call them ‘phantom fares.’
Many of the drivers didn’t want to talk to reporters about the ghosts. It’s painful for the drivers to remember the 3,000 people who died in Ishinomaki, including 70 children from one elementary school.
Ghostly Manifestation Theories
Many paranormal researchers believe natural disasters with large death tolls spark hauntings. In this case, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami killed nearly 16,000 people along the northeast coast. Some towns, like Ishinomaki, were destroyed and entire populations killed. The quick and violent deaths capture many people’s essence in the area, especially for young people.
In many cases, you find ghosts of young people holding on to our plane of existence. They simply can’t believe they died and don’t move on. The cabbies mentioned earlier, state the phantom fares are all people in their 20s and early 30s. It could be these ghosts don’t know they died because it happened quickly.
The other curious part is the mass scale haunting time. Usually, it takes 50 years for hauntings to appear after an event like this. In this case, the ghosts are manifesting in less than 5 years. It could be that a large-scale disaster involving water has sped up the cycle. In similar haunting scenarios, ghosts manifested in less than 10 years, like with the Eastland disaster in Chicago. While not a natural disaster, a large death toll involving water caused rapid ghostly activity.
We’ll keep you updated as we get more info on this story.
You can find the original phantom fare story at MSN.
Jacob ‘Jake’ Rice has always loved ghosts and scary stories. When he’s not being a tech nerd for work, he’s the gadget guy on the team. He hunts ghosts, spirits and other paranormal entities in Seattle and the Puget Sound area.