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E89 The Golden Tea RoomE89 The Golden Tea Room
Show Notes for episode 89 of our Podcast – The Golden Tea Room. Story Notes The Golden Tea Room, or as it is known Japanese, the 黄金の茶室, Ōgon no chashitsu was not a permanent structure that people could visit to should they wish to go and experience a tea ceremony.[...]
E81 A Troubled StomachE81 A Troubled Stomach
Show Notes for episode 81 of our Podcast – A Troubled Stomach. Story Notes Now this is a tale which can be found in the konjaku monogatari shū, a tale revolving around a man known as Fujiwara no Tamemori from the Province of Echizen. A Province he was made Governor[...]
E77 To Live ForeverE77 To Live Forever
Show Notes for episode 77 of our Podcast – To Live Forever. Show Notes This is another story by Yei Theodora Ozaki, a woman who sorely deserves her own episode on our show some time soon! Long, long ago there lived a man called Sentaro. His surname meant “Millionaire,” but[...]
E73B Becoming MaikoE73B Becoming Maiko
Show Notes for episode 73B of our Podcast – Becoming Maiko. Story Notes We continue today the tale of Mineko, as she comes ever closer to becoming a fully fledged Geisha. But it is not going to be an easy time for her. On January 9th one of her nephews[...]
EP50 Worlds Oldest CompaniesEP50 Worlds Oldest Companies
Show Notes for episode 50 of our Podcast – Worlds Oldest Companies. Story Notes In the world there exists 67 companies which have existed since before 1300AD, and out of those 67. 34% of them are located in Japan. So today let’s dive into some of them shall we? [...]
EP36 A Brief History of RiceEP36 A Brief History of Rice
Show Notes for episode 36 of our Podcast – A Brief History of Rice. Story Notes What is rice? How is it grown? The rice plant is a grass. The product, also called rice, is a cereal grain, and the scientific name is Oryza sativa. It is usually grown in[...]
EP34 OniEP34 Oni
Show Notes for episode 34 of our Podcast – Oni. Story Notes Translated over time as demon, ogre or devil. And we can find reference to them as far back as the 8th century. Perhaps former Shinto kami and there can be both male and female Oni, though female Oni[...]
EP29 Mother of Japanese WhiskeyEP29 Mother of Japanese Whiskey
Show Notes for episode 29 of our Podcast – Mother of Japanese Whiskey. Story Notes Jessie Roberta Cowan was born in December 14, 1896 in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Her father was a doctor in the village. She grew up the oldest of four children, two younger sisters and a[...]