Ghost stories (怪談 kaidan ) refer to any scary story or horror story with an old-fashioned ring to it that carries the connotation of Edo period Japanese folktales. These ghost stories are featured in the Corpse Party series and often set the tone of the upcoming dangers the victims will later experience.
A Gathering of One Hundred Supernatural Tales
Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai (百物語怪談会 A Gathering of One Hundred Supernatural Tales ) is a popular didactic Buddhist-inspired parlour game during the Edo period in Japan. These ghost stories often involve elements of karma, especially ghostly vengeance for misdeeds. Japanese vengeful ghosts (怨霊 onryō ) are far more powerful after death than they were in life, and are often people who were particularly powerless in life, such as women and servants. This vengeance is usually specifically targeted against the tormentor, but can sometimes be a general hatred toward all living humans.
The Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai is played as night fell. All participants will gather in a room with one hundred lit candles and each participant will tell stories of the strange and unusual. When their story is finished, they will blow out one of the candles and it is played until all one hundred candles are extinguished.