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 81 Folge(n) erschienen. Alle 3 Wochen erscheint eine Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 21 hours 52 minutes

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episode 80: The Adorably Creepy Tofu Kozo


The Tofu Kozo is a seemingly innocent little yokai who appears on rainy days offering a plate of tofu to unsuspecting people. What could possibly go wrong? Support us on Patron: Buy Me a Coffee (one-time contribution):


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episode 79: Mushi Okuri: Sending Off the Bugs


Let’s say you have a plague of insects, like millions of cicada awakening after a years-long slumber. Or worse, bugs that would rather devour your crops. And let’s say this is happening 200 years ago so you don’t have your pesticides or DDT to...


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   11m
 
 

episode 78: Utsuro-Bune: The Hollow (Space?) Ship


We’re being visited by UAPs, Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon. Or you might be more familiar with their older name: UFOs. There is a lot of interesting news coming out these days. You’ve probably seen it. Well, guess what, they’ve been coming for...


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 2021-06-16  10m
 
 

episode 77: Story Time – "Kaguya Hime: The Bamboo Cutter and the Moon Princess"


Today I'll read to you, "The Bamboo Cutter and the Moon Princess" called Kaguya Hime in Japanese. It's an old tale that some believe talks about otherworldly visitors. Was the Moon Princess an extraterrestrial being? is author . Her other show is ....


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 2021-06-01  41m
 
 

episode 76: Fuujin & Raijin: The Gods of Thunder and Wind


Who are Fujin and Raijin (the Japanese Wind God and Thunder God), where did they come from, and what do they do? Today I'll tell you about their origins in India and a Japanese Goddesses' decaying body. is author . Her other show is . Check out her...


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 2021-05-16  12m
 
 

episode 75: Story Time: The Kappa's Abyss


Today's Story Time is one I found in an old collection of Japanese folklore. It's about a couple of conniving kappa and an innocent young girl. It's called "The Kappa's Abyss."


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 2021-05-02  27m
 
 

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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 2021-04-15  14m
 
 

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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 2021-04-05  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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 2021-04-01  26m
 
 

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