Man in Kyoto leaves bag of red-stained knives in front of house

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

August 13 should have been a pretty chill time in Japan. Most of the country was still on vacation for the Obon holiday, which is typically celebrated by going back to your home town and relaxing and reminiscing with family.

But August 13 was also a Friday the 13th, and so it was perhaps inevitable that some weird stuff was going to go on. In the suburbs of Kyoto, one man who’d been out during the day returned home to find that a mysterious bag that had been left on his front doorstep. Looking inside, he found a pile of knives, and even freakier, nearly a dozen of the blades were stained with a gruesome-looking red liquid.

It turns out that earlier in the evening another man, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, had strolled up to the house and left the bag there, as shown in the video here.

In total, 17 knives, including both cooking knives and the cleaver-like Japanese hatchets called nata, were bundled inside the plastic bag. Upon examination the 11 red knives were found to be colored with paint, not blood, but still, that only downgrades the situation from really, really, really freaky to really, really freaky.

But the freakiness level gets boosted back up again with the fact that the owner of the house has no idea who the knife man is. “I have no idea what’s going on,” the owner says after watching the security camera footage. “I’ve never seen him in the neighborhood, and he’s not someone I’ve had contact with at work either. I’ve never seen him before in my life.”

If you’re wondering why there’s not one, but two excellent angles of security camera footage covering the home’s entrance, it’s because the homeowner himself installed them. That level of caution is sort of unusual in relatively low-crime Japan, but he made the decision to install the cameras two years ago, following an incident in which…someone left a bag of knives on his front step.

Given the extremely strange and specific dumping, it seems incredibly likely that both bags of knives were left by the same person. As if the nebulously threatening littering isn’t bad enough, the man also pulled out a can of red spray paint and left a line down the side of the homeowner’s car before leaving the scene.

In a final bit of oddity, the knife man was wearing a glove on his right hand as he carried the bag, but also used his ungloved left hand when setting it down. As a result, he may have left identifying fingerprints, and the police are currently searching for him on charges of vandalism and violating the Firearms and Sword Control Law.

Source: Yahoo! Japan News/Tele Asa News via Jin

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Maybe a jearlous neighbor. If he has nice car and nice house, some young guy has no job and not fair.

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As many Japanese people say, Japan is a safe country. So this man just gave a gift of knives and thought red is a nice color that even Hello Kitty would enjoy. Kawaii.

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In my home country the criminal would only be laughed about and social media celebrated, but the angry house owner would maybe now have to pay VAT or gift taxes for having received that bigger present and would additionally be probably put to court for hurting personality and privacy rights by filming the suspect. lol

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If weird behavior is happening, I am not surprised if it's by a Japanese living alone or still at his parent's place.

2 years waiting to deposit again shows how in the brain the famage is about that guy.

Still, the whole story might be (yet) unknown.

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It appears to be a moderately expensive 'present' albeit a couple of the knives are notched, and it would be interesting to know the receiver's occupation. And tagging the car...? Maybe the perp just has the wrong address...

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If it had been axes, at least we could have known it was someone with an axe to grind.

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I know what you did last summer

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August 13 should have been a pretty chill time in Japan. Most of the country was still on vacation for the Obon holiday, which is typically celebrated by going back to your home town and relaxing and reminiscing with family.

I thought we were supposed to be avoiding travel? Did I miss something in the news? Have I been staying home and within 2km of my home for no reason?

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Someone should recognize him , his round red head is unusual and a sure giveaway.

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if the CCTV pictures are that good, put them up on social media or on here so we can help identify the perp.

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And the news clip blurs out the guy’s face?

Great way to catch a criminal!

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He is quite bald on the top and in the front.

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Just wanted to say, HELLO!! LOL

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Perhaps the man who's home the knives where left at is a murder himself. Perhaps the person who left them knows something about his past and is trying to tell the guy I know you are behind this many murders, perhpas he is trying to get some money from him or perhaps they are both involved and the other guys wants to come clean and he is asking the other guy to do the same. Ok Perhaps???

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Very creepy. I sure would not want to find those on my doorstep. Only someone deranged would do something like that.

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