Woman in Box
Woman in box
Japanese name箱に隠れた女
Romaji nameHako ni Kakureta Onna
Other namesNone
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorUnknown
OccupationVillager, Mother
Cause of deathThe Repentance
Encountered inOsaka House: Kimono Room,
Kurosawa House: Flickering Room, Underground Cellar, Antechamber
FamilyUnnamed baby
AppearancesFatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly
Voice actor (Jp)Unknown
Voice actor (Eng)Unknown
Dark...dark...dark...'s coming.

Woman in Box, known in Japanese as "Hako ni Kakureta Onna" (Woman hidden in box), is a hostile female spirit in Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. She is one of the violent spirits that haunt the lost All God's Village and was yet another witness of the Repentance, choosing to hide in a kimono box with her newborn child to escape the coming darkness. She became trapped, however, and she and her child were both swallowed by the darkness.


Woman in Box's true name is never revealed in-game. However, it can be assumed that she belonged to the Osaka family, as she hid inside a kimono box within the Osaka House. The identity of her child is also unknown, and it never physically appears in the game. Not much is known of her true identity, aside from her death from the darkness of the Repentance.


Woman in Box always appears by crawling out of a box or well. She moves in a lethargic manner, taking slow steps forward and stopping when close enough to attack. She stays bent forward with her long hair covering her face most times, and after stopping and raising her head, her face can be seen as aged. She also wears a plain kimono, common to other inhabitants of the village.


Woman in box has a very distinct pattern of attack from other ghosts. While slowly lurching forward, the camera's Capture Circle frequently senses and loses shutter chances for short periods of time. After she has gotten close enough to the player, she raises her head and arms and quickly moves forward in a grabbing motion, during which the camera senses a Fatal Frame. Once enough damage has been dealt to her (leaving her with about 1/3 of her health), she begins to disappear and move around the room more frequently. She also forgoes the slow lurching, and begins to charge quickly at the player with her arms outstretched.

Battling her can be nervewrecking at first, however, her attack patterns eventually become easy to exploit. One strategy is to "bait" her fatal frame by getting close and quickly backing away, prompting her to raise her head and attack. Another, more cautious strategy is to exploit the shutter chances during her forward movement. Unlike the fatal frames, the shutter chances occur more frequently, and she does not disappear immediately afterward. When she begins charging, it is best to stay in an open area, as she will run from behind walls. During her charge, however, there is a much longer chance to shoot a fatal frame, pushing her back and dealing a lot of damage.

Related itemsEdit



  • Osaka Crest


Below is displayed the ghost's info according to the game's official guidebook.

Chapter 2Edit

  • Location: Osaka House / Kimono Room
  • HP: 100
  • Strength: E

Chapter 4Edit

  • Location: Kurosawa House / Flickering Room
  • HP: 200
  • Strength: D

Chapter 5Edit

  • Location: Kurosawa House / Underground Storage
  • HP: 240
  • Strength: D

Chapter 8Edit

  • Location: Osaka House / Kimono Room
  • HP: 400
  • Strength: A

Final ChapterEdit

  • Location: Kurosawa House / Antechamber
  • HP: 350
  • Strength: B


  • Woman in box is confirmed as having been inspired by "Sadako" from the film Ringu. Sadako's characteristic long hair was carried over in the ghost's design, as well as her lurching movement. In one instance, Woman in Box is also seen coming out of a well in the Kurosawa House's Underground Cellar.
  • Although she does not physically appear in Fatal Frame III: The Tormented, the kimono room can be visited in the dream Osaka House. The box is initially open, but after the player approaches the lid is pulled closed and held in place.
  • This ghost is likely based on the Japanese "Ubume" (産女), a ghost of a woman who died without being able to care for her newborn child. The features common known of Ubume include white robes and long, unkept hair.
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Woman in Box theme
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  • Woman in box is one of the few ghosts that have two distinct themes during battle:
  • The first theme is heard in all fights involving Woman in Box, save for one, and is comprised of loud creaking noises and low moan-like sounds.
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Chapter 8 Woman in box theme
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  • The second theme is only heard once during Chapter Eight, when Mio must return to the Osaka House to retrieve the family crest. This theme employs mainly chiming noises, and the cries of a baby can be heard intermittently throughout.


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