Uncanny Japan - Japanese Folklore, Folktales, Myths and Language

Looking for a podcast on Japan's mysterious culture? Try listening to Thersa Matsuura's Uncanny Japan Podcast and experience all that is weird about Japan—strange superstitions, folktales, cultural oddities, and interesting language quirks—and not found anywhere else! Show notes and transcripts available at uncannyjapan.com

https://www.uncannyjapan.com/

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 15m. Bisher sind 75 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint alle 3 Wochen.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 19 hours 52 minutes

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episode 74: Jigoku Tayuu: The Mysterious Hell Courtesan


The Hell Courtesan (Jigoku Tayuu) is a mysterious figure that appears in art and story in Japan since the 1600s. But who is this beautiful high-ranked oiran who wears a kimono covered in images of hell? In this episode I talk about her legend and...


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episode 73: Rated G Tanuki Buttons: This Unbelievable Story Will Blow Your Mind! (Ep. 73)


Here is it already April first and the cherry blossoms are blooming and spring is in the air. I think today is a good day to tell you a story I've been wanting to share for awhile now. ? Well, keep all that in mind when you listen to today's episode....


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   26m
 
 

episode 73: Tanuki Buttons: This Unbelievable Story Will Blow Your Mind!


Here is it already April first and the cherry blossoms are blooming and spring is in the air. I think today is a good day to tell you a story I've been wanting to share for awhile now. ? Well, keep all that in mind when you listen to today's episode....


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episode 72: Adorable Tanuki: Fluffy, Shape-Shifting, and Lucky!


Tanuki are those adorable, magical animals you find all through Japanese history. They're in folktales, art, legend, and even in modern day manga and anime. In this episode I'll talk about these furry, shape-shifting critters, touching on all the well...


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 2021-03-15  16m
 
 

episode 71: Kan no Mushi: Adorable Parasites Living Inside Your Spine


Let me tell you why your toddler might cry at night and throw tantrums and what you can do to remedy. It could be a mythical parasite that lives in their spine. Any you might them, too.


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 2021-03-01  17m
 
 

episode 70: Sanzaru: Three Wise Monkeys and How They Can Help Extend Your Life


Everyone is familiar with the Three Wise Monkeys or as they're called in Japan Sanzaru (Three Monkeys). But did you know the See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Say No Evil creatures are actually a Japanese play on words? They're also an important part of an...


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 2021-02-15  18m
 
 

episode 69: Cursed Swords That Want to Murder You (Youtou)


A Muramasa blade is one of exceptional quality and great bloodlust. It’s called a youtou (妖刀) in Japanese. Depending on how you translate that, it could mean cursed sword, mystic sword, or demon sword. In this episode I talk about one of the...


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 2021-02-01  16m
 
 

episode 68: Enjoying the Luck of the Seven Lucky Gods (Shichifukujin)


In Japan the Shichifukujin or Seven Lucky Gods appear in a boat on the first day of the year to impart various kinds of luck on those they deem worthy.


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 2021-01-14  14m
 
 

episode 64: Year of the Ox: Save Us All


The year 2021 is the Year of the Ox according to the animal zodiac. But what does that mean? On today's show I'll talk a little about the character of people born in this year, what to expect in 2021, and why the ox -- who should have been the first...


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 2020-12-31  12m
 
 

episode 66: Toshikoshi Soba: Breaking Off the Pain of 2020 with Noodles


Toshikoshi soba is the Japanese tradition of eating soba noodles on New Year's Eve. It's a custom that has continued since the 1700s. There are quite a few reasons why, some have to do with long life, wealth, and breaking off all the hardships from...


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 2020-12-16  18m