A rural Japanese town is overrun by aged zombies in an effort to control the boar population

A small town in Shizuoka Prefecture hopes to attract tourists and ward off pests by turn its inhabitants into undead.

A disturbing YouTube video has recently been uploaded that appears to show a small Japanese coastal town invaded by the undead.

The chilling footage shows a man, called Kanemasu, documenting his encounter with the zombie horde after moving to Matsuzaki, Shizuoka Prefecture. Kanemasu appears to be a man who likes to live off the land, as he claims to have spent his days in Matsuzaki hunting, biking, and picking oranges. But no amount of time spent in the great outdoors could have prepared him for what else awaited him in Matsuzaki – a whole bunch of zombies.

Desperate to escape the horde, Kanemasu found the roads all blocked by the undead, so he fled to the mountains where he downloaded these images. In the video, he explains how to stay safe around zombies (“Try to hold your breath. They react to exhalation. They’re also weak against mulberry leaves. I don’t know why.”) Kanemasu also claims ” There’s probably no one here left alive… except him.” The him in question is a mysterious character that we see in the images, who the zombies seem completely unaware.

▼ At the end, Kanemasu slowly succumbs to the zombie infection after a nasty bite to the shoulder.

Matsuzaki is a small rural town on the southwest coast of the Izu Peninsula and has a population of around 6,000, although it is unclear how many of these people are still real people and not dead people. -living.

▼ For example, this man is clearly not one of the 6,000.

…and while we could keep playing the fact that a rural town in Matsuzaki has been overrun by a zombie infection, the video is actually part of a promotional campaign for the town’s annual meeting “Zombie camp”.

▼ Fortunately, babies seem immune to the zombie curse.

Zombie Camp has been around since 2014, and customers can enjoy a unique camping experience while fending off a swarm of enraged zombies, all played by local residents, most of whom are elderly. You can also enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including hunt (for wildlife, not zombies.)

Unfortunately, the pandemic means that the number of tourists coming to the area has plummeted, and with fewer people hunting, the number of deer and wild boar has increasedin turn causing damage to the region’s biggest export – sakura mochi leaves.

the Matsuzaki Town Pest Control and Outdoors Residents Council hope tourists will return to the city not only for the zombies, but also for control deer and wild boar populations with this unique rural staycation experience.

They aim to appeal to young people who may have had no interest in rural vacations before, but families with children or groups of friends are also welcome to try and solve the mystery of Kanemasu’s latest video – which Is the mysterious man immune to the zombie swarm? Why are zombies weak against mulberry leaves? Will the infection spread or will you be able to stop it in time?

Details on how to stay at Zombie Camp are yet to be confirmed, but organizers hope to hold the event in the fall, with prices around 25,000 yen ($217 USD). In the meantime, start packing your camping gear and practice holding your breath.

Source, images: PR Times
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