Uncanny Japan - Myths, Folktales, Superstitions, History and Language

Speculative fiction writer, long-term resident of Japan and Bram Stoker Award finalist Thersa Matsuura explores all that is weird from old Japan—strange superstitions, 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 13m. Bisher sind 55 Folge(n) erschienen.

episode 5: Kishibojin: The Mother of All Devils ー 鬼子母神

April's podcast is about Kishibojin, an ogress with a penchant for feeding human babies to her own children, but who was able to see the error of her ways and not only repent but reinvent herself as a goddess. That's what I call chutzpah!


 2017-04-14  12m

episode 4: Monkeys and Monkey Lore!

March's Uncanny Japan podcast is all about monkeys and monkey lore -- wordplay, superstition, and good luck charms. You can listen to that below. Also, if you're interested in me retelling/reimagining obscure Japanese folktales, take a look at my...


 2017-03-17  13m

episode 3: Koshin Shinko ー 庚申信仰

Koshin Shinko is the belief that you are born with three worms (called sanshi) inside your body, and that these creatures' only purpose is to shorten your life so they can be free again. In this podcast I not only tell you more about those nasty...


 2017-02-16  13m

episode 2: Hatsu-yume ー 初夢

Hatsu-yume is the first dream you have in the New Year. In Japan there is a saying: ichi fuji, ni taka, san nasubi. Which means the luckiest dream you can have is of Mt. Fuji, the second luckiest thing to see in a dream is a hawk,...


 2017-01-20  12m

episode 1: Musha-burui ー 武者震い

Musha-burui is that trembling with excitement, anticipation, and fear one has before engaging in a formidable task. It comes from the idea of a samurai going headlong into battle. Musha 武者 means samurai or warrior. Burui 震い comes...


 2016-10-30  10m