The tale of Kasane is a famous Edo period Japanese ghost story. Kasane had a tragic life, losing both her parents and carrying the curse of her murdered brother. She became ill and was cared for by Yagoro, who agreed to marry her to gain her fortune.

Kasane was later murdered by her husband at the river Kinugawa because he found her too ugly but wanted to keep all her money. The villagers turned a blind eye and he married many more times but all his wives were killed by the jealous Yurei ghost-spirit of Kasane.

The full tale spans several generations. You can read more of the story of Kasane at Matthew Meyer's website. It was also performed as a kabuki play and later made into a film.

Art credits:
1 - Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1852. 
2 - Utagawa Kunisada, 1857.
3 - Matthew Meyer