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Do you know about the folktale of Botan Dōrō?
Also referred to as The Peony Lantern, the story of Botan Dōrō originated in 17th-century Japan and continues to be one of the most famous ghost stories in Japanese culture. Though there are multiple versions, the general storyline is as follows: On the first night of Obon—a Japanese festival that honors ancestral spirits—a widowed samurai meets a beautiful woman named Otsuyu and quickly falls in love with her. They meet every night from dawn until dusk, and she is always accompanied by a young girl holding a peony lantern.
Soon, someone grows suspicious and spies on them horrified to discover that Otsuyu is a skeleton. Though petrified, the samurai’s love for Otsuyu is so