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Parents use picture book of 'hell' to get kids to behave

A depiction of hell in the picture book "Ehon Jigoku" shows demons chopping up human bodies. (The Asahi Shimbun)

A children's picture book depicting demons chopping up human bodies and touting the message "Bad kids go to hell" has been flying off bookshelves and scaring the wits out of the kiddies.

Published by Futosha Co., "Ehon Jigoku" (Picture book of hell) has sold about 100,000 copies in the last half year, approaching the 110,000 copies sold over about 30 years through the end of 2011.

"Ehon Jigoku" was first published in 1980, but only sold about 3,000 copies a year at best. But sales took off after cartoonist Akiko Higashimura introduced it in her “Mama wa Temparist” (Panicky mom) manga, published by Shueisha Inc., in November. The scary book's reputation spread over the Internet and by word of mouth. The book was ranked the No. 1 selling picture book at online retailer Amazon.co.jp for the first half of this year.

"My kids cry every time they see the illustrations"Collapse )

Source: The Asahi Shimbun

I know some kids that could use this...Arama, is this too brutal? Not brutal enough? How did your parents/guardians get you to behave?
Tags: cute, japanese culture
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