Urban Legend in Japan has it that a ghost may reside in your toilet. Probably not the bidet-equipped sparkling clean Toto brand deluxe toilet that one finds in hotels, but the toilet like the one at the juku where I work:
This toilet is JUST A HOLE. (All other squatties I have seen are nicer than this and flush. My juku’s toilet is JUST A HOLE.) Definitely home to a ghost. And probably a lot more.
The urban legend’s ghost’s name is Hanako. Isn’t she a cutie? Here is a Wikipedia article on Hanako.
This is a “Hanako the Toilet Ghost” game at Toys R Us. Too cool.
Other ghastly games.
So I guess the question is: Did J.K. Rowling borrow from Japanese culture when she created her toilet ghost? I think we’ll never know for sure. Probably not, but possibly. I guess it doesn’t really matter because ideas build upon other ideas and, besides, the Harry Potter series is Kick Ass. (Pun intended.)
That reminds me. I still haven’t read the final book in the series. Somebody dies, right? I need to get busy.