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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[...]
E78 The Song the Sea God SangE78 The Song the Sea God Sang
Show Notes for episode 78 of our Podcast – The Song the Sea God Sang. Story Notes The Song the Sea God Sang is said to be a critique on the connections that exist between humans and the kamui (gods of the Ainu). For this particular story it revolves around[...]
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[...]
B17 Frolicking Animals (Chōjū-giga)B17 Frolicking Animals (Chōjū-giga)
Show Notes for bonus 17 of our Podcast – Frolicking Animals. (Chōjū-giga) Story Notes We return to Kyoto as we often do on our show, this time to a temple known as Kōzan-ji. It is not really a centralised temple in Kyoto, located in the north-west outskirts of the city.[...]
E57 A Brief History of NoodlesE57 A Brief History of Noodles
Show Notes for episode 57 of our Podcast – A Brief History of Noodles. Story Notes If you mention Japan and noodles in the same sentence, most people in America would, I assume, think you are talking about ramen. Ramen has become so ingrained in American culture that, along with[...]
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? [...]
E47 SushiE47 Sushi
Show Notes for episode 47 of our Podcast – Sushi. Story Notes What do you think of when you think about sushi? Maybe you think about the rolls served with avocado, mayonnaise, fried seafood… Maybe you think about the cute little egg omelettes or raw fish like tuna served on[...]
B9 Momiji MeatB9 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[...]
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[...]
EP32 Ninja ArsenalEP32 Ninja Arsenal
Show Notes for episode 32 of our Podcast – Ninja Arsenal. There was no poem segment in todays episode due to the length of the Podcast. Story Notes Now I have debated a little on how to write down these show notes, as we know during the episode I gave[...]
EP24 Christmas in JapanEP24 Christmas in Japan
Show Notes for episode 24 of our Podcast – Christmas in Japan. Story Notes Christmas in Japan is a different atmosphere that the one you might be used to. For both Thomas and myself, we are used to Christmas being the most important holiday of the year. Many people have[...]
EP19 Japanese CurryEP19 Japanese Curry
Show Notes for episode 19 of our Podcast – Japanese Curry. Story Notes The origins of Japanese curry come from British curry. When the British navy came to Japan, they brought along their curry as well. Curry uses easy to store ingredients like onions, potatoes, and carrots and it’s a[...]