Creepypasta Yamanoke was uploaded to 2chan in 2007, about a mysterious mountain creature that haunts young girls. This urban legend is about father and son driving through a deserted mountain when the car suddenly breaks down. The two had to sit in a car to wait for rescue, and in the middle of the night, at the end of the road in front of him suddenly appeared a strange creature, shaped like the monster Jamila in Ultraman.
As the monster drew nearer, the father listened to his voice more and more, repeatedly saying, “Ten … su … metsu …” The father tried to start the car. to flee, and strangely enough, the car suddenly operated as usual. Leaving the deserted mountain road, the father suddenly heard from the backseat, his daughter suddenly said: “Ten … su … metsu …”
Because of this story, Yamanoke is also known as Tensu Metsu. It is less popular than characters like Female Ruler, or Hanako-san. The story takes place in what appears to be a mountain between Miyazaki and Yamagata, within the Tashiro Mountains, also the site of many thrilling incidents. It is not strange that this is also the “home” of Yamanoke – a mysterious monster specializing in young girls.
So what is Yamanoke really? With its strange shape, it can be considered a UFO, however, the ability to haunt people probably originated from traditional devil legends, not aliens.
Another theory is that Yamanoke is not a good evil spirit, but a forest god. In Japanese culture, there are many scary and ferocious gods no less evil. Yamanoke may also be an evil monster that inhabits deserted mountains.
Yamanoke is not famous, but has appeared in some famous manga such as Spirit Medium Izuna. In this manga, Yamanoke’s true form is a woman who is taken to the mountains and left to die in the plague of hunger. In order to save a portion of the food for the village she lived in, she decided to sacrifice herself. In fact, the Tohoku region actually experienced severe famines during the Tenmei period (1781-1789). However, the manga is only a story woven by the author, explaining why we have a Yamanoke monster today.
In 2015, another 2chan account posted a story believed to be the true prototype of the Yamanoke legend, written in the book of author Yanagita Kunio, who blew into the Tohoku region countless urban legends. Marketing.
Possibly, this legend simply started with 2chan itself, where many true facts are circulated but modified to resemble a supernatural legend.
Perhaps, this legend is based on another creature like Yamanoke and people have built a different story from there. This gives the story a cohesive sense of history, making it seem more believable than many other urban legends. Yamanoke is certainly a fictional product, but it became a creepypasta that survived many years later.