Legend has it
that on the blood-soaked grounds of battle in Japan, a strange thing happens to
As they soak in the blood of fallen soldiers they become more than
regular trees. They become JUBOKKO.
Tree looks much like the trees around it. From a distance, there is no way to
know that a tree is a Jubokko… but as one draws closer to the tree, close enough
to see branches that are mangled in a way that they appear to be grasping for
something… and close enough to see the pile of skulls and human remains on
which the tree has grown, it is too late, because the tree is now close enough
is said to live off of human blood, and it will snatch up passerby’s and drain
them of their blood, leaving what’s left to the wildlife until only the dried
It is also said that if one manages to slice a Jubokko Tree, that
it will bleed actual blood… but that it heals rapidly, and will still overpower
and suck the blood of anyone who slices its bark.
In all likelihood, a regular
tree with red sap in the vicinity of a battlefield is what started this gruesome
myth, however, since no one can live to tell the tale, it conveniently cannot
be dis-proven… so if you find yourself in Japan – beware of the trees.