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B16 The Crucifixion of Sogoro

B16 The Crucifixion of Sogoro

Show Notes for bonus episode 16 of our Podcast – The Crucifixion of Sogoro. Story Notes The Crucifixion of Sogoro occoured to the man known as Sakura Sōgorō (佐倉 惣五郎) also known as Kiuchi Sōgorō (木内 惣五郎) was a peasant living in the village of Kozu, now close to modern[...]

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B15 The Courtesan’s Abyss

B15 The Courtesan’s Abyss

Show Notes for bonus episode 15 of our Podcast – The Courtesan’s Abyss. Story Notes The story of The Courtesan’s Abyss take places in a gorge/waterfall located in Yamanashi Prefecture. In Japanese it goes by the name of Oiran Buchi. The area is known from an event from around the[...]

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E65 Urashima Taro

E65 Urashima Taro

Show Notes for episode 65 of our Podcast – Urashima Taro the Fisher Lad. Story Notes Long, long ago in the province of Tango there lived on the shore of Japan in the little fishing village of Mizu-no-ye a young fisherman named Urashima Taro. His father had been a fisherman[...]

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E64 To Hell and Back

E64 To Hell and Back

Show Notes for episode 64 of our Podcast – To Hell and Back. Story Notes Listeners discretion advised for this episode. It is gory, and graphic, and due to the age of the document translated, sexist.   Now you may recall this from Yasuke, but I mentioned a tale known as[...]

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E63 Turtle Folkore

E63 Turtle Folkore

Show Notes for episode 63 of our Podcast – Turtle Folklore. Story Notes There are four divine beasts in Chinese culture, and it’s from this that Japanese culture derives some of the basis for its own turtle folklore   The four divine beasts are the dragon, bird, and tiger. Each of[...]

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E62 The Exploits of Okuninushi

E62 The Exploits of Okuninushi

Show Notes for episode 62 of our Podcast – The Exploits of Okuninushi. Story Notes Now we haven’t been here since Episode 44, a long time ago now, but we will be continuing on with the story of Shinto.   And so we left it off last time with Susano-o having[...]

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E59 The Bamboo Cutters Daughter

E59 The Bamboo Cutters Daughter

Show Notes for episode 59 of our Podcast – The Bamboo Cutters Daughter. Story Notes Long, long ago, there lived an old bamboo wood-cutter. He was very poor and sad also, for no child had Heaven sent to cheer his old age, and in his heart there was no hope[...]

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B12 The Vampire Cat

B12 The Vampire Cat

Show Notes for bonus episode 12 of our Podcast – The Vampire Cat. Story Notes This is an old tale, from 1871 by A.B.Mitford. Due to the age of the tale it is now out of copyright and so we have the entire original story here for you to enjoy.[...]

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E58 The Yokai behind Pokemon

E58 The Yokai behind Pokemon

Show Notes for episode 58 of our Podcast – The Yokai behind Pokemon. Story Notes Pokemon is a world wide phenomenon which was first thought up around 1989 by Pokemon executive director Satoshi Tajiri when the Game Boy was released. And the item behind Pokemon came from a popular hobby[...]

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E56 The Tongue Cut Sparrow

E56 The Tongue Cut Sparrow

Show Notes for episode 56 of our Podcast – The Tongue Cut Sparrow. Today we read the translation from 1901 by Yei Theodora Ozaki. As it is now in the public domain here is the story in full for you. Story Notes Long, long ago in Japan there lived an[...]

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E54B Divine Crow

E54B Divine Crow

Show Notes for episode 54B of our Podcast – Divine Crow. Story Notes Reading through my notes and the books again to double check everything before todays episode I came across a mistake from the last episode so lets quickly rectify that.   We talked about Naga-sune-hiko and how he attacked[...]

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E53 Kettles and Sparrows

E53 Kettles and Sparrows

Show Notes for episode 53 of our Podcast – Kettles and Sparrows. Story Notes Today we had two folktales from a very old source, The Folk Lore Record dating to 1878. So sit back and enjoy the tales. The Bewitched Tea-Kettle This story is originally called the Bunbuku Chagama. A[...]

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E52 The Love of Asagao

E52 The Love of Asagao

Show Notes for episode 52 of our Podcast – The Love of Asagao. Story Notes This story originally came from 1913 and so is available free of copyright and so we can include the story in full for you here today. “The morning gloryHer leaves and bells has boundMy bucket-handle[...]

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E51 Kintaro the Golden Boy

E51 Kintaro the Golden Boy

Show Notes for episode 51 of our Podcast – Kintaro the Golden Boy. Story Notes Long, long ago there lived in Kyoto a brave soldier named Kintoki. Now he fell in love with a beautiful lady and married her. Not long after this, through the malice of some of his[...]

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E49 The Sacred Regalia

E49 The Sacred Regalia

Show Notes for episode 49 of our Podcast – The Sacred Regalia. Story Notes Today I wanted to try and piece together the history of the Sacred Regalia in Japan. Where as England has their crown jewels for example, in Japan they have these Regalia, or the Sanshu no Jingi[...]

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B9 Momiji Meat

B9 Momiji Meat

Show Notes for bonus episode 9 of our Podcast – Momiji Meat. Story Notes All the way back in Episode 16 we heard of a poem from Sarumaru Taifu that went as follows.  (From the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.) 奥山に 紅葉踏みわけ 鳴く鹿の 声きく時ぞ 秋はかなしき  Okuyama ni momoji mireba naku shika no koe kiku toki zo aki wa kanashiki  In[...]

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E46 The Peony Lantern

E46 The Peony Lantern
The Peony Lantern

Show Notes for episode 46 of our Podcast – The Peony Lantern. Story Notes I There once lived in the district of Ushigome, in Yedo, a hatamoto called Iijima Heizayemon, whose only daughter, Tsuyu, was beautiful as her name, which signifies “Morning Dew.” Iijima took a second wife when his[...]

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E44 Yamata no Orochi

E44 Yamata no Orochi

Show Notes for episode 44 of our Podcast – Yamata no Orochi. Story Notes So finally Susano-o is leaving Heaven, he has caused offence, he caused the sun goddess to flee for a time causing the land to fall into darkness, and generally he has proven to be not a[...]

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E43 Kappa

E43 Kappa

Show Notes for episode 43 of our Podcast – Kappa. Story Notes Names The Kappa (河童) has had various name throughout it long history including Midzuchi, Kawatarō and Kawa-warawa just to name a few. Appearance and Interests When it comes to appearance for this creature which is particular to the[...]

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B8 Imaro and the Wani

B8 Imaro and the Wani

Show Notes for bonus episode 8 of our Podcast – Imaro and the Wani. Story Notes Imaro and the Wani is a short myth written down in the Izumo Fudoki. A kind of record and history of the old Japanese Province of Izumo.  We have talked about this document before[...]

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EP40 Cat Foklore #1

EP40 Cat Foklore #1

Show Notes for episode 40 of our Podcast – Cat Folklore #1. Cat Folklore covers so much in Japan, and there is no way we could do it all in one episode for you all, so lets delve into a little part of the Cat Folklore that fills Japan. Story[...]

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EP36 A Brief History of Rice

EP36 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[...]

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EP34 Oni

EP34 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 (deities) and there can be both male and female Oni, though female[...]

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B5 Peacock Power

B5 Peacock Power

Show Notes for bonus episode 5 of our Podcast – Peacock Power. Story Notes This is a tale on En no Ozunu, from Episode 22. This tale can be found in the nara ehon, now this is an over all term from what I can tell for woodblock printed book[...]

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EP33 Mirrors

EP33 Mirrors

Show Notes for episode 33 of our Podcast – Mirrors. Story Notes The first mirror story takes us to a sculptor known as Hidari Jingorō (左 甚五郎). As well as being a sculptor, he was also comedian, actor, stroyteller and painter. Now interestingly enough he might not even have exisited[...]

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B3 Zenki and Goki

B3 Zenki and Goki

Show Notes for bonus episode 3 of our Podcast – Zenki and Goki. Story Notes Zenki and Goki (前鬼 & 後鬼) are two well known Oni with strong associations with the founder of the Shugendō Religion, En no Gyōja. Said to have dwelt in the mountains ranges close to Nara,[...]

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EP28 Shark Man

EP28 Shark Man

Show Notes for episode 28 of our Podcast – Shark Man. Story Notes So today is yet again another link to one of the places we seem to be growing a fondness for. And that is the area around Lake Biwa outside of Kyoto. Honestly, at this point I think[...]

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EP27 Legends of Himeji

EP27 Legends of Himeji

Show Notes for episode 27 of our Podcast – Legends of Himeji. Story Notes So today I wanted talk a little about some of the history of Himeji Castle. Castle in Japanese being pronounced Jō. As some of you many recall I visited Nagasaki during November last year when my[...]

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B1 Shippeitaro

B1 Shippeitaro

Show Notes for bonus episode 1 of our Podcast – Shippeitaro. Story Notes The story of Shippeitaro is an interesting folktale from Japan around the theme of human sacrifice. Mukashi mukashi, long long ago there was a warrior who weary from travelling took shelter one night in a lonely and[...]

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EP18 The Bell of Miidera

EP18 The Bell of Miidera

Show Notes for episode 18 of our Podcast – The Bell of Miidera.   We know of several stories surrounding the Bell of Miidera. Story Notes Kanesama One relates how women were forbidden to touch the bell as it was feared that it would cause the bell to go dull.[...]

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EP17B Hitobashira

EP17B Hitobashira

Show Notes for episode 17B of our Podcast – Hitobashira.   Story Notes Human Sacrifice known as Hitobashira, literally translates as ‘Human Pillar,’ and is a purported form of Human Sacrifice carried out in Ancient Japan. However, we have no physical proof that such a thing ever occoured. In times[...]

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EP17A Human Sacrifice

EP17A Human Sacrifice

Show Notes for episode 17A of our Podcast – Human Sacrifice.   Story Notes Archaeologically speaking, the act of human sacrifice has never been documented in Japan. So I want to look into the old tales told of this practise. The Bow In times long past there was the belief[...]

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EP16 The Devil’s Gate

EP16 The Devil’s Gate

Show Notes for episode 16 of our Podcast – The Devil’s Gate.   Story Notes We have portrayals of the Yokai known as the Oni, which Heather mentioned in the previous episode about Momotaro. You can find his depiction in his Yokai compendium called the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki. He[...]

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EP15 Son of a Peach

EP15 Son of a Peach

Show Notes for 15 of our Podcast – Son of a Peach. Also known as the Peach Boy.   Story Notes Mukashi, mukashi, there lived an old couple. This couple was very happy, but they never had a child. They spent their days on their farm doing chores.  Now, the[...]

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EP14B Tales of Fuji

EP14B Tales of Fuji

Show Notes for EP14B of our Podcast – Hei! Say my Name. Tales of Fuji. Story Notes Lake Motosu Now, after researching this lake I have been unable to find any stories linked to it. So if I am missing something, and if you’re listening an no I story I[...]

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EP13 Palace Sparrows

EP13 Palace Sparrows
Palace Sparrows

Show Notes for EP13 of our Podcast – Palace Sparrows. Story Notes I wanted to talk today about Fujiwara no Sanekata, a member of the Fujiwara Clan he was an accomplished poet in his time. And we can find 68 of his poems in imperial waka anthologies. During his life[...]

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EP11 Superstitions

EP11 Superstitions

Show Notes for EP11 of our Podcast – Superstitions. Story Notes There are many Superstitions in Japan. Numbers The numbers 4 and 9 in Japan have associations within bad luck. The number 4 四 can be associated with death as this can be pronounced shi. The same pronunciation for death.[...]

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EP6 Lord of Rice

EP6 Lord of Rice

Show Notes for EP6 of our Podcast – Lord of Rice. Story Notes Fujiwara Hidesato, also known as Tawara Toda, wished for adventure and so one day set out. Reaching Seta-no-Karashi Bridge on Lake Biwa he finds a serpent-dragon sleeping across it. Undeterred he walks over the Dragon, afterwards, the Dragon changes into a[...]