Uncanny Japan - Japanese Folklore, Folktales, Myths and Language

Speculative fiction writer, long-term resident of Japan and Bram Stoker Award finalist Thersa Matsuura explores all that is weird from Japan—strange superstitions, folklore and folktales, cultural oddities, and interesting language quirks. These are little treasures she digs up while doing research for her writing.


Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 14m. Bisher sind 68 Folge(n) erschienen. Alle 3 Wochen erscheint eine Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 17 hours 34 minutes


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.



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...



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...


 2020-12-16  18m

episode 65: Baku: The Eater of Dreams

The baku is a Japanese mythical creature that, when invited, slips into your room at night to gobble up your nightmares.


 2020-11-30  12m

episode 64: Story Time:

"The Dream of Akinosuke" is Lafcadio Hearn's translation of a sweet Japanese (originally Chinese) folktale. In it you'll learn how insects can manipulate a person's soul.


 2020-11-16  21m

episode 63: Shinrei Supotto: Freaky Haunted Areas in Japan

On today’s show let’s visit a few ghostly places. They’re called shinrei supotto in Japanese. Areas that are believed to be haunted or cursed or have some other paranormal activity going on.


 2020-11-01  21m

episode 62: Yuurei: Japanese Ghosts from Protective to Wrathful

Yuurei are Japanese ghosts and they come in quite a few varieties, from the protecting shugorei to the vengeful and very dangerous onryou.


 2020-10-15  22m

episode 61: Oiran: The Glamorous and Wretched Life of a High Courtesan

An oiran is not a geisha. Although at first glance they may look alike, one is a more reserved entertainer who is still in existence today. The other is a high courtesan, long disappeared, who wore flamboyant brightly-colored kimono and walked on 20...


 2020-10-01  15m

episode 60: Kanreki: Your Auspicious Years, Yakudoushi: Your Calamitous Ones

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 2020-09-15  16m

episode 59: Koumare Ishi: Inexplicable Rocks That Predict the Deaths of Monks

Koumare Ishi is one of the nanafushigi or seven mysterious occurrences from my area. The belief is that a rock is born from the side of the mountain, and when it falls the head abbot of the nearby temple, Daitoku, dies.


 2020-09-01  15m