8:12 pm - 08/11/2011
The beginnings of an urban myth?
In 2004 a 2ch user called Hasumi caught a train at 11pm. After travelling without stop for 20 minutes, he posted on 2ch that normally the train would stop after 7-8 minutes, but it hadn't stopped for a while today. Some netizens suggested that he go to the driver's compartment to check, which Hasumi did but received no reply. After the train passed through an unfamiliar tunnel, it came to a stop at midnight at "Kisaragi Station" - a stop that does not exist anywhere in Japan.
To his bewilderment, there not only was no one in the station, it was very empty outside the station as well, and he was unable to pinpoint his location with his mobile phone. He called his family and asked them to relay his demise to the police, who unfortunately dismissed it as a prank call as "Kisaragi station" does not exist.
As the night grew deeper, Hasumi continued to chat with netizens on 2ch. At 2am he left a message that he could hear the sound of bells and taiko (Japanese drums) nearby, and he caught sight of a one-legged old man. Netizens immediately thought this was unusual and advised him to quickly follow the tunnel and find his way out of the station. After Hasumi left the tunnel he ran into someone who kind-heartedly offered him a lift.
Ignoring the warnings of his fellow netizens, Hasumi got into the stranger's car and posted the following message at 3:44am, "The driver is driving into the mountains and has remained silent the whole way. I am intending to make my escape." That was his final post.
In recent days a Twitter user by the handle of "Murao blabla" tweeted about a similar experience, along with pictures of the station. This particular person said he got on at Kanto and after Chiba he realised he was at a strange station: the time at this station was 1 hour faster than the internet time. Also, that night there was a scale 5 earthquake warning for Kanto, but he did not feel it. His GPS had also stopped working.
Fortunately this man successfully left Kisaragi station and found his way to a supermarket, after which the station disappeared from view. When he checked his ticket, there was no record for alighting at "Kisaragi station" or in fact of alighting at all.
Some netizens analysed his photographs and found that the station name boards are in the style of Kansai area stations, and the particular train was unlike any train that travels close to cities. Others are certain this is merely a creative hoax to give people the much-needed chill to cool the summer heat.
* As airplanemusic pointed out, Hasumi is most likely a woman as she mentioned she's carrying her broken heel.
* As gabichun noted, the exact last words were different in the original Japanese post: My battery is running out. Things are turning weird so I'm going to make my escape if there's a chance. He's started mumbling incomprehensibly to himself since a while ago. If worse comes to worst and just in case, this is my last post.
Translated from Chinese source | Japanese source | Record of Hasumi's last words
So what do you think? True or merely interesting? Creepy or merely chilly?