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Urban Legend "The House of Sleep"
Within customs and traditions that have been unceasingly passed down throughout history, perhaps there dwells a force greater than that of human intellect.
Some days ago, in an article in an edition of an occult magazine I had casually obtained, I found a description I had a great interest in. It was of a spiritual experience that told of an urban legend called "The House of Sleep" in which people can meet with the dead, the kind of tale that feels worn out these days. It's the type that had its details changed as it was repeatedly told by the public, and though it seems to already be in a state of saturation, to the extent I've read it doesn't seem like a typical ghost story.
The story of this "House of Sleep", where it is said that encounters with the dead are possible, tells of a situation in which a person chases the dead through a Japanese house, and it is so consistent with a peculiar "dream disease" that has become known to the psychiatric sciences in recent years that it seems impossible for it to be a mere coincidence.
It's said that the House of Sleep is an abandoned house in the Tohoku region, and when people visit it they see the forms of their deceased people with whom they were close. Because of this, it seems to have been known for quite a long time as a haunted house due to that story.
On the other hand, in the "dream disease", when one has lost family, a close friend, a lover or the like, they can see them again in the dream, and gradually begin to slip into a coma. When these patients meet with the dead, the mansion it happens in is very similar to the circumstances and appearance of the House of Sleep.
When one loses a person close to them, it is not uncommon to dream of chasing after them. Especially if their connection in life was profound, their want to meet again grows stronger, and perhaps though it has been lost in reality they seek their form in the dream. Therefore, if their want is strong enough, the mental damage can cause them to reject the real world, and as a reaction of that rejection begin to stop wanting to wake up.
However, what most catches my interest is how the scene the patients see in their dreams as an initial symtom are so very similar to the image of the haunted house that (apparently) exists in reality.
As Jung has often explained, there is the possibility that consciousness and memories are shared by people, and that people may also share a collective unconscious. It is said that this may perhaps be the reason why people find some scenery nostalgic even though they haven't seen it before themselves. There is even the theory that people are afraid of fire and water because people have the memory from tens of millions of years before they were born of that being inscribed into their bodies. Even though many people seem to have a dream that seems to shake the memories awake, that might not be a strange thing at all.
The "memories of people's souls"?
Even without thinking too deeply about it, the image that we have simply perceived as a stereotypical haunted house is the only similarity they can speak of for certain.
However, in spite of the fact that they have completely different upbringings and live in different environments, similarities about the details of the dream arise - how is that possible?
- The setting is an old Japanese house
- It is a complex structure with many entrances
- The figures of people, tattooed men and women
- In the snowy courtyard, several stakes/graves
- An entrance hall with a high ceiling and round windows
...and so on.
The small details of the dream that plagues those who keep having the House of Sleep dream are very similar to these.
Additionally, the House of Sleep in reality, in other words the haunted house, is unknown by an overwhelming number of patients. Even the stories of those who know of it have very many similar points, greater than a common denominator, and there are perhaps too many similarities for it to be coincidental.
"House of Sleep" patients all seem to have some primary external factor in common.
On this subject, some days ago I was able to obtain research documents that seem to be from before the war. The documents were left by a Doctor of Engineering, psychiatrist, and a researcher of "occultism" and "the Other World", a man named Dr. Kunihiko Asou.
He was actively researching from the late Edo period until the Meiji era, and was certainly the one who discovered the medical case of the House of Sleep dream; he appears to have been examining the patients' mental states at that time, and trying to decipher the cause of it. He himself was conducting research into one area of the modern occultism field, and as such he went about it from another approach using phrases such as "the Other World" and "ghostly beings".
However, through the study he made contact with a test subject who he thinks perhaps may have become the origin for the House of Sleep. Several times he was able to question a man called Kaname Ototsuki, a native of the mountains of the north-east, and the man's own dream, as well as that of other patients, in his records bore strong similarities to the dream.
Could the House of Sleep possibly exist in reality?
And what causes the dream about the House of Sleep?
What Kaname Ototsuki spoke to Dr. Asou of in his interview, and the perspective of folklore at that time - these seem to be the way to solve the mysterious case.
The matters, events and so forth summarised in the following report, and the material recording them, were originally investigated and conjectured by my friend, Mr. Yuu Asou; additions based on the personal experiences of me, Kei Amakura, have been used to complete it.
Note: Perhaps by the Camera Obscura? Needs confirming