Teke teke, is a japanese urban legend about the ghost of a schoolgirl who is said to have fallen onto a railway line, where her body was cut in half by a train. She is an onryo, or a vengeful spirit who lurks in urban areas and around train stations at night. Since she no longer has a lower body, she travels on either her hands or elbows, dragging her upper torso and making a scratching or “teke teke“-like sound. If she encounters an individual, she will chase them and slice them in half at the torso, killing them in such a way that mimics her own disfigurement. Some say that Teke Teke only steals her victim’s legs; in certain variations, Teke Teke will ask the individual to tell her the location of her missing legs.
One version of the story concerns a young woman known as Kashima Reiko. As with the original iteration of the legend, Kashima died when her legs were severed from her body by a train after she was pushed onto the tracks. According to some sources, some versions of the legend state that, when an individual learns of Kashima’s story, she will appear to them within one month. The “Kashima Reiko” story predates that of Teke Teke. The legless spirit of Kashima Reiko is said to haunt bathroom stalls, asking occupants if they know where her legs are. If a questioned individual replies with an answer that Kashima does not find acceptable, she will rip or cut their legs off. Individuals may survive the encounter by replying that her legs are on the, meishing expressway or by responding with the phrase “kamen shinin ma“, or “mask death demon” (which may be the phonetic root of Kashima’s name).The legend of Kashima Reiko has been described as a “bathroom-centric variation” of Teke Teke.