A few months back, I met another American living here on Okinawa who is also interested in the paranormal. We make an interesting team, because I like to go and investigate the sites in person. He on the other hand is much more of an academic. Not only can he speak Japanese, but he can read and write the language. He has researched a lot of hauntings in the original Japanese documents and one story he shared with me is the case of the Grim Reaper.
The Reaper is a steam locomotive. It received this dark name from its engineers because this train was notoriously involved with dozens of suicides during its career. As the train rolled into the stations, depressed passengers were prone to throw themselves under its wheels. I knew this was a common problem in modern Japan, but I was surprised to learn that it was also a problem in the 1930's.
This train operated in the the Miyazaki area of Japan until it was replaced with modern diesel trains in the 1960s. In 1980, the train was placed here in Okinawa as a park display.
Today, people who live near the park claim to hear mysterious train whistles and screams.
My friend found this photograph of the train, identified by the number plate. It took me a long time to see it, but after it was pointed out to me it was hard to forget. There is a creaming face in the smoke. The old saying goes that if something is too good to be true it usually is. In the paranormal world if a photograph is too clear it is usually faked. What are your impressions?