The story is also known as 二口女( The Two Mouthed Woman). The name of the story depends upon the story teller as it is one of the well known horror folklore.
Once upon a time, there lived a stingy man. He was not married. If his relatives tell him, “ Get married already!”, he would say, “ I want a bride who would do all the work also she wouldn’t eat at all.”
One day, a woman came to visit that man’s house. “ Hello. I heard you were looking for a bride who is hard working and would not eat food. If it is okay, would you like me as your bride?”
The man thought that he would not get any other woman this beautiful who would not eat any meals but work as hard, so he agreed to marry her. The woman was really good at household work and did not eat anything at all.
In the meantime, the man noticed that the bag of rice was decreasing rapidly. He said, “Strange! Even if my bride doesn’t eat anthing, clearly the amount of rice is decreasing so much.”
He doubted that the woman might be eating in his absence. So one day he pretended to go to work and went to the roof to hide and watch his wife. He saw that the woman was boiling rice for making “onigiri”(rice balls) but the amount was more than she could eat!
“I knew she eats behind my back! But, can she really eat so much?”, thought the man as he saw the woman’s head crack open and lips came out. Her hair moved like snakes as they took the riceballs to her head where the lips were and started eating.
“Oh no! I brought a monster as my bride!”, the man fled trembling in fear.
He pretended to come home from work and said, “I am back”, as if he knew nothing at all.
“ Welcome back”, said the woman with smile on her face as all beautiful women always do.
The man decided to get separated from her and so he thought it is better to inform her. He told her, “ You are a very hardworking and well behaved wife. But, we can’t be together anymore. I want you to leave.”
“I understand . I will return to my parents’ house”, said the woman. Then she added, “But as a parting gift I want a big bathtub and a rope.”
Even if they were married for a short time, the man gave the woman who became his bride a bathtub and a rope that she wanted.
“ Thank you”, she said. “ Finally, can you look into the tub to find if there is any holes?”
The man did as the woman said and peeped into the tub. As he bent to look, the woman pushed him into it. The man turned and lifted his head trembling in fear and saw there was an old witch standing. She put the man in the tub,carried it on her shoulders and ran towards the mountain.
“ What shold I do now? In this way, I will be killed!”,thought the man. On the way, he caught hold of a branch of a tree, got out of the bathtub anyway and tried to run away.
The witch felt the tub got lighter. She found the man running away and chased after him.
“ It is impossible for you to flee. I will eat you up”, screamed the witch.
The man ran desperately to save his life until he entered a place full of long grasses. He tumbled on his feet and fell.
“No! There is no other way now! I’ll die”, cried the man and shut his eyes close. But the witch didn’t approach the bed of grasses at all. It is because the witch feared the leaves of the grasses were like swords and that could harm her.
The witch gave up chasing the man and returned to the mountains.
“ From now on I will give a lot of food to eat to my wife”, said the man to himself regretting his stinginess and went home.
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