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The Okiku Doll -

In 1918 a seventeen year old boy was visiting Sapparo in Japan and bought a doll for his two year old sister, Okiku. The little girl loved the doll and played with it every day, but a year later Okiku suddenly died of the flu. The family was heartbroken, and placed the little girl’s doll in the family altar in her memory. 

Sometime later, the family started notice something strange about the doll, its hair had started to grow. It had went from being in a short,cropped style to being down to the doll’s knees. The family took this as a sign that the restless spirit of Okiku was inside the doll so they took it to a Mannenji temple.

The doll is still at the temple to this day. Its hair still continues to grow and it is given an annual hair cut by the priests. Scientific tests have been carried out on the doll and it has been proven that the hair that is growing out of the doll’s head is both female and human.

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