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This is popular Japanese story is about a poem called “Tomino’s Hell.” They say that you should only read with your mind, and never out loud. If you were to read it out loud, then you must take responsibility for your actions.”Tomino’s Hell” (トミノの地獄) is written by Yomota Inuhiko (四方田 犬彦) in a book called “The Heart is Like a Rolling Stone” (心は転がる石のように), And was included in Saizo Yaso’s (西條 八十) 27th collection of poems in 1919. It’s not sure how this rumor started, but there’s only a warning that “If you read this poem out loud, tragic things (凶事) will happen.” It just looks like a curse.

It asks to not compare this with the common “You’ll grow taller” or even “My parents died.” Do you get a sense of how dangerous this is?

This story used to be very popular in 2ch, and there were many people taking pictures and videos as proof and posting them on 2ch. There were many users that said that nothing happened, but there were also many posts that didn’t have the user come back to post the results. I think it’s scarier than someone posting that someone else got sick or that someone else passed away. But if you were to read it out loud, it’s better to read it in Japanese rather than the translation.
トミノの地獄

Tomino no Jigoku (Tomino’s Hell)

西條八十

Saijo Yaso

詩集「砂金」より

姉は血を吐く、妹(いもと)は火吐く、

ane wa chi wo haku, imoto wa hihaku,

His older sister vomited blood, his younger sister vomited fire,

 

可愛いトミノは 宝玉(たま)を吐く。

kawaii tomino wa tama wo haku

And the cute Tomino vomited glass beads.

 

ひとり地獄に落ちゆくトミノ、

hitori jihoku ni ochiyuku tomino,

Tomino fell into Hell alone,

 

地獄くらやみ花も無き。

jigoku kurayami hana mo naki.

Hell is wrapped in darkness and even the flowers don’t bloom.

 

鞭で叩くはトミノの姉か、

muchi de tataku wa tomino no aneka,

Is the person with the whip Tomino’s older sister,

 

鞭の朱総(しゅぶさ)が 気にかかる。

muchi no shubusa ga ki ni kakaru.

I wonder who the whip’s shubusa(?) is.

 

叩けや叩きやれ叩かずとても、

tatake yatataki yare tataka zutotemo,

Hit, hit, without hitting,

 

無間地獄はひとつみち。

mugen jigoku wa hitotsu michi.

Familiar Hell’s one road.

 

暗い地獄へ案内(あない)をたのむ、

kurai jigoku e anai wo tanomu,

Would you lead him to the dark Hell,

 

金の羊に、鶯に。

kane no hitsu ni, uguisu ni.

To the sheep of gold, to the bush warbler.

 

皮の嚢(ふくろ)にやいくらほど入れよ、

kawa no fukuro ni yaikura hodoireyo,

I wonder how much he put into the leather pocket,

 

無間地獄の旅支度。

mugen jigoku no tabishitaku.

For the preparation of the journey in the familiar Hell.

 

春が 来て候(そろ)林に谿(たに)に、

haru ga kitesoru hayashi ni tani ni,

Spring is coming even in the forest and the steam,

 

暗い地獄谷七曲り。

kurai jigoku tanina namagari.

Even in the steam of the dark Hell.

 

籠にや鶯、車にや羊、

kagoni yauguisu, kuruma ni yahitsuji,

The bush arbler in the birdcage, the sheep in the wagon,

 

可愛いトミノの眼にや涙。

kawaii tomino no me niya namida.

Tears in the eyes of cute Tomino.

 

啼けよ、鶯、林の雨に

nakeyo, uguisu, hayashi no ame ni

Cry, bush warbler, toward the raining forest

 

妹恋しと 声かぎり。

imouto koishi to koe ga giri.

He shouts that he misses his little sister.

 

啼けば反響(こだま)が地獄にひびき、

nakeba kodama ga jigoku ni hibiki,

The crying echo reverberates throughout Hell,

 

狐牡丹の花がさく

kitsunebotan no hana ga saku.

The fox penoy blooms.

 

地獄七山七谿めぐる、

jigoku nanayama nanatani meguru,

Circling around Hell’s seven mountains and seven streams,

 

可愛いトミノのひとり旅。

kawaii tomino no hitoritabi.

The lonely journey of cute Tomino.

 

地獄ござらばもて 来てたもれ、

jigoku gozarabamo de kitetamore,

If they’re in Hell bring them to me,

 

針の御山(おやま)の留針(とめはり)を。

hari no oyama no tomebari wo.

The needle of the graves.

 

赤い留針だてにはささぬ、

akai tomehari date niwa sasanu,

I won’t pierce with the red needle,

 

可愛いトミノのめじるしに。

kawaii tomino no mejirushini.

In the milestones of little Tomino.

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  • http://www.Burdicusart.com Burdicus

    I want to like this because I see the effort put in, but quite honestly, I just don’t get it.

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  • DerpDeDerp

    I liked this one, particularly because it has a backstory, and i am utterly fascinated by Japanese folktales like this. 10/10

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  • Kyaserin

    Wow, this is really amazingly scary. I don’t know why it has such a low score. At first when I read the first part where is says Tomino’s sister vomited blood I thought, "Dear god, ew…" In the end, awesome poem.

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  • PastYourBedTime

    I was wondering if the author could e-mail me at the website above. I would really appreciate it. Mercy.

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  • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

    By the way, this pasta is notable for being almost impossible for me to publish. It took me like 6 tries – every time I tried to schedule it, the site would lag and time out. Soon after, we were hacked. I blame Tomino’s Hell.

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    • TA283

      I hope you’re being ornery, derpbutt o.O

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      • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

        …???

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  • Anonymous

    has anyone tried reading this out loud yet?

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    • Kairai

      nope, too superstitious

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    • http://Live.com Watcher

      I read it aloud…..

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    • Luna

      I read it out loud. Twice in each language. Now, I’m using it in my project..

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      • dojen jenny j. bonares

        yes!! how so many times! i’am waiting for my death soon but nothing happens disappointment…

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        • dojen jenny j. bonares

          o my god! you all believing this poem is terrible?! you all believe but me? hahaha! no way! i’d read it loud and i’d laugh after hahahahaha!!! it’s a big joke! i don’t believe it!! hahahaha!! my comment on this poem read it out loud!!! enjoy! and you will see nothing would be happen to you! i’m serious hahaha! i’d got a copy of this in my home and i’d read this so many times! hahaha!! “tanga” that would be i called to who you guys believing this! sayonara!

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    • Charlie Webster

      Yes, in both English and Japanese at school very loudly!

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  • Anonymous

    I have…don’t try it.

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    • Anonymous

      what happened

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  • Bad Wolf

    More information on Tomino’s Hell:

    http://www.scaryforkids.com/tomino/

    Supposedly results in injury, illness, or death for anyone who reads it aloud.

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  • Raye

    *reads it out loud* I’m not superstitious or anything like that. I really don’t understand how it is a curse or anything but I read it out loud in both English and Japanese. Let’s see what happens.

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  • ObligedPython

    Ive been reading this story for a while now and while reading this in my head i would read it in japanese and english and nothing happened.After reading this i went on another page that had a more accurate transilation and after reading it you could clearly see a diffrence in the two storys,when i finished reading it i came back to this page and i began hearing some sort of whisper but i couldnt make out what it was saying.This happened about ten minutes before i posted this, i will repost if anything new happens.If you want to ask me anything about it contact me on xbox live because i posted this from my xbox my tag is above.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paranormal-Studies/438398122873748 Stephan D. Harris

    So then don’t read it out loud then, dumbass.

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    • dojen jenny j. bonares

      you? believing this? your joking “kuya”

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  • Anonymous

    Notice how nobody who’s aid they’ve read out loud has reposted.

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    • Raye

      Nothing happened to me.

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      • pointer curser

        yet

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    • Endoplasmic Reticulum

      Dude, nobody has responded because hardly anyone writes a second comment. Also, I really don’t get why this is considered a good story.

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  • Hanis

    I’ve read it out loud. I don’t think there’s anything to worry about. I won’t lie, as a normal dude who are always intrigue by superstitious BS like this, i am kinda afraid. But that’s pretty common, cause we can’t prove that it’s not real unless we try it ourselves. It’s the fear of the unknown. You don’t believe ghosts are real but we can’t help but to feel uncomfortable when you’re alone in an old, long and forgotten building. Especially when people said that it’s haunted. Try reading it out aloud, i assure you nothing will happen. To prove it, i’ll post something here in the next 3 days to show you this is just a mere myth :)

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    • Nyctophiliac

      ..Anything bad happen yet..?

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    • Okumura

      Still hasn’t posted yet… O_O

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    • Ephemy

      You could’ve been Good Guy Hanis and posted a damn reply.

      Now I’m paranoid.

      Fuck.

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      • wolfmadeofstone

        Yes, I share your concern….*sigh* would you feel better if I read it out loud and postedin three days?

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  • Cuckoo-in-Nirvana

    ……Dafuq????

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  • Dragon l

    I read this aloud al the way through and nothing happened ha. By the way have you tried saying the CandleJ*** word you will get swept away. But my sister said Candlejack and she van

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    • Anonymous

      Nothing happend

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  • Al

    Wasn’t Hanis supposed to post today?

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  • Hanis

    Hey, I’m back, do not read this out loud…that’s all I’m going to post.

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    • Anonymous

      Alright bro, you have to give a reason as to why not..

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      • Hanis

        Well, seeing as has everything bad that could happen to me has happened in the last eight days…don’t read it, please, save yourself.

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        • Turtle

          LIES,i read it aloud 2 weeks ago in both languages and nothing has happened,im here to be good guy turtle so dont worry

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    • Missy

      Oh god what happened!!!!??????!!!!!!!???

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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/awesomelightning?feature=mhee TeslaCoilGirl

    What made this extra freaky is that, on Thursday, in my Japanese Appreciation Club at school, they read this. They didn’t get it off of here. I had just thought of looking this up not 5 seconds before I scrolled onto it. Nothing bad has happened so far. *knocks on wood* it seems like something was trying to get derpbutt from publishing this… as if… it’s real.

    This one truly freaked me out for multiple reasons. 10/10

    Oh and also, I couldn’t post yesterday for some reason, but that happened yesterday. I read it out loud yesterday. Today, my blood work came and I had high cholesterol and low vitamin D.

    I’ll come back in a week +- one day to tell you if anything did happen. And I won’t lie about it. If I forget, click on my name and that will take you to my YouTube channel. Post a comment or send me a PM to remind me.

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    • http://www.youtube.com/user/awesomelightning?feature=mhee TeslaCoilGirl

      Well the day after I read it I found out that I had high cholesterol so…

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  • Wideh

    whenever i read i get sharp pain in my chest even though i do it in my head it is a traditional story though and i fear what would happen if i read it out loud overall im not superspicuos (Bad spelling much?) but this got me.

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  • Jade

    Read it out loud in both languages… Then found a better translation and read it out loud. Now I have a headache…

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  • Emmie

    I give it a 7/10. It would have been better if those books actually existed. I did a lot of research into it; surprise, surprise, no luck. Besides, the poem itself doesn’t make sense. Who is Tomino? What happened to him/her to want vengeance? Vomited glass beads? I can understand blood and fire relating to hell, but glass beads?

    Apparently, these “poets” lived during the Shōwa period; a time period of enlightened peace/harmony. Why would the poets spread a curse during a peaceful era?

    The poem needs a backstory, if you’re going to try and convince people that they’ll die. The problem is, most urban legends don’t have good back-stories. All in all, I give this Pasta a 7/10. The idea and conception are good, but it still needs a lot of work.

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  • Danielle

    I read this out loud around the time of the end of november to the beginning of december. I read it because i didnt care about life i was too upset to think about the consequences. I read the poem before but never out loud. I ruined my life. DONT READ IT OUT LOUD! This is not a joke i became ill with most horrible imaginable pain. It was unexpected and i think thats how the poem gets you. I dont know why someone would create such a poem or how but beware. Is it a coincidence i dont think so. Do it at your own risk. I am thankful to have my life i hope.

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    • dojen jenny j. bonares

      hahahha!!! i don’t believe you! because i’d read this poem but about ten days after that no came to happen to me! i’m blessed by god!

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      • I’m only me

        There is no god… There used to be, but he read this out loud…

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  • dojen jenny j. bonares

    i try it to read with japanese but nothing happened maybe it’s just a joke that if you read it loud there would be happen so bad to you but before i read it i pray for my safety it’s ok! but pray before you read it for your sake… :)

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    • dojen jenny j. bonares

      pray before you read it ok? but i’m serious typing this.

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  • dojen jenny j. bonares

    i’ll rate this 10/10!

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  • Anonymous

    BROS BROS THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED!!!!!!!!1
    MY FRIEND READ THIS AND HE DIDN’T BELIEVE THAT DON’T READ IT OUT LOUD AND HE DID AND THE NEXT DAY HE DIED

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