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A young girl’s voice rings through the forest, drawing me further into the darkness. “Koko ni kite,” the voice calls again in a whisper from the right, using a Japanese phrase that means “come this way.”

The voice fades into the shadows and then returns a moment later from the left, shifting my attention to what appears to be an aquarium suspended between two large trees. It is uncanny in its realism and, like all good tricks of the eye, evades any obvious explanation.

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