"Girl Talk" by Akeno Kaeruko
Akeno Kaeruko's scary short story "Girl Talk" offers superb storytelling with a twist that involves "KOKESHI," a traditional Japanese craft. KOKESHI are wooden dolls that first spread in northeastern Japan. There are eleven types of "traditional KOKESHI," which are made using traditional techniques and have features with distinctive charms. You can find many KOKESHI fans in Japan and around the world. The protagonist goes to interview a CEO who collects KOKESHI and hears about a miraculous doll. This bewitching KOKESHI was old but had the snow-white skin of a newly carved doll, and apparently it spoke to him. What misfortune befell the man after he acquired the doll? Welcome to the coquettish and dark world created by this miraculous KOKESHI.