Topic: The Enigma of Amigara Fault By:Junji Ito
I recently read a short story written by a Japanese author known as Junji Ito called, The Enigma of Amigara Fault. This story followed the mysterious journey of a man named Owaki and a woman named Yoshida the two meet at a mountain range that has recently been split in two by an earthquake that has struck Japan. The real mystery, however, is that within the middle of the mountain there are holes in the shape of people. These holes have begun drawing people to them by some unknown compelling force. The real kicker though is that no one knows where they lead or what happens to the people who enter them. Yoshida believes she has found the hole shaped like her and has to be convinced by Owaki not to enter it as she feels compelled to it because of her loneliness. It is later revealed that a man has entered one of the openings and was pulled forward and lost into the mountain causing mass panic throughout the nation. Although the panic has swept the nation people keep showing up to the fault and proceed to enter their openings despite the unknown consequences as if they were somehow brought there by a force beyond their control. The story finally sees its conclusion when Owaki wakes up in the middle of the night only to find that Yoshida is missing. As he frantically searches for her he finds that she has moved the rocks blocking her opening and has entered the fault. As Owaki is struck with guilt and regret he turns around only to find his own opening and proceeds to enter it.