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In the summertime of old Japan, when the oppressive heat and humidity rendered daytime activity unbearable, people longed for the night and the relief brought by the setting sun. There, amidst a chorus of frogs and insects serenading the coming night, people would play "Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai", or A Gathering of 100 Weird Tales.
100 candles would be placed in a circle, and the players would each tell a ghoulish story. When each tale ended, the storyteller would blow out a candle, the light slowly fading as the tension rose. The game was said to be a ritual, transforming the room into a beacon for the dead. With the vanishing of the final light, someone or something terrible would be waiting in the darkness.
Although no one knows how the game began, it is now a summer tradition to cool off players with the chill of fear.
How many of these stories can you get through before you start shivering?