Recently, I stayed at an Airbnb in France that I learned had a bit of a dark wartime history. 幽霊を信じていませんが (Yūrei o shinjite-imasen ga, [I] don’t believe in ghosts but...) sometimes I get creeped out when I’m somewhere with a disturbing past.

France has a lot of 背筋が凍る場所 (sesuji ga kōru basho, places that send chills down your spine), but so does Japan. For example, there’s the 犬鳴トンネル (Inunaki tonneru, Inunaki Tunnel) in Fukuoka Prefecture, which is said to be haunted, and 関ヶ原 (Sekigahara) in Gifu Prefecture, where in 1600, the brutal decisive battle of the Warring States took place.

こういう所では鳥肌が立ちます (Kō iu tokoro dewa torihada ga tachimasu, At these kinds of places, I get goosebumps), even though I don’t believe in 幽霊 (yūrei, ghosts).