In Japan, summer is the time of year when the land of the living and land of the dead converge. The ghosts and monsters, otherwise known as yurei (幽霊ゆうれい) and yokai (妖怪ようかい), roam the earth and interact with the living.
During this time of year, there are many haunted houses and other spooky events. Such activities are part of the Japanese tradition of kimodameshi (肝試かんためし), literally “liver test.” As with other Japanese expressions that involve bravery such as 肝きもが座すわっている, (being brave) or 肝きもが寄よっている (having nerves of steel), kimodameshi means a test of your bravery or “guts.”
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