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E92 The Descent of Ninigi

E92 The Descent of Ninigi

Show Notes for episode 92 of our Podcast – The Descent of Ninigi. Story Notes The grandchild of Amaterasu was known as Ninigi, or Amatsuhikohohoninigi for his full name. This boy was a child through the sun kami’s son Masayaakatsukatsuhayahi Amanooshihomimi and his wife Takuhatachihime A meeting is held by[...]

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E90 Jesus in Japan

E90 Jesus in Japan

Show Notes for episode 90 of our Podcast – Jesus in Japan. Story Notes The podcasts return has aligned with Christmas Day, so why not talk a little about Jesus. For there are some that believe Jesus didn’t die on the cross, but in fact made his way to Japan[...]

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E79 The Plague of Emperor Sujin

E79 The Plague of Emperor Sujin

Show Notes for episode 79 of our Podcast – The Plague of Emperor Sujin. Story Notes These notes are taken from the corrosponding page concerning the Emperor, with some ommisions. Emperor Sujin (崇神 天皇) was the 10th Emperor of Japan also known as Mimakiiribikoiniye (御眞木入日子印恵命) or Mimaki Irihiko Isachi. He[...]

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E78 The Song the Sea God Sang

E78 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[...]

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E77 To Live Forever

E77 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[...]

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E76 A Cautionary Buddhist Tale

E76 A Cautionary Buddhist Tale

Show Notes for episode 76 of our Podcast – A Cautionary Buddhist Tale. Story Notes This particular tale comes from the Uji shui monogatari and centers around the character of Fujiwara no Toshiyuki. A man who died in either 901 or 907AD. Toshiyuki was a celebrated caligrapher and many people[...]

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E66A Tattooing – A History

E66A Tattooing – A History

Show Notes for episode 66A of our Podcast – Tattooing a History. Story Notes Now first off I want to say there was an unfortunate death in my family recently, hence the break in episodes. But we are here now. And I am much better than I was.   But[...]

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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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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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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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E54C Reigns End

E54C Reigns End

Show Notes for episode 54C of our Podcast – Reigns End. Story Notes So answering our little query we gave ourselves last week. The Emperor Jimmu would be 100% divine. Today we finish our look into the Emperor Jimmu and so we pick up where we left off. On the[...]

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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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E54A The First Emperor

E54A The First Emperor

Show Notes for episode 54A of our Podcast – The First Emperor. Story Notes Today we are going to talk about Jimmu Tenno 神武天皇, or to the Western world, the Emperor Jimmu.   Now he is going to act as we have said as the first in our chronological telling of[...]

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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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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 kami 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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EP42B Falling Blossoms

EP42B Falling Blossoms

Show Notes for episode 42B of our Podcast – Falling Blossoms. Story Notes We want to make you aware of the sensitive topics we will be sharing today. We will do our best to present this information to you as educational, and encourage you to do further research as well.[...]

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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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EP37 The Song the Black Fox God Sang

EP37 The Song the Black Fox God Sang

Show Notes for episode 37 of our Podcast – The Song the Black Fox God Sang. Story Notes The Woman Behind the Stories  The stories are through the work of Chiri Yukie, collecting tales she heard from her family. This book, the Ainu Shinyoushuu was the first of its kind[...]

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EP35 Light Returns

EP35 Light Returns

Show Notes for episode 35 of our Podcast – Light Returns. Story Notes All the kami of Heaven gather on the banks of the river Amenoyasunokawa (meaning Heavens Tranquil Stream) while they decided what should be done to get Amaterasu to leave the cave after she flees into it from[...]

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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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EP25 Temples of Ueno Park

EP25 Temples of Ueno Park

Show Notes for episode 25 of our Podcast – Temples of Ueno Park. Story Notes There are many temples in Ueno Park, and honestly the episode we did on them didn’t even really scratch the surface. And we will definitely be returning to not only talk more about the temples,[...]

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EP23 The Worms that Speak to Ten-tei

EP23 The Worms that Speak to Ten-tei

Show Notes for episode 23 of our Podcast – The Worms that Speak to Ten-tei. Story Notes Todays episode was a three in one combo for you all. Not three separate topics, but three different topics all which I discovered linked into one another. So lets start with a Yōkai[...]

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EP21 Darkness Falls

EP21 Darkness Falls
When Day became Night

Show Notes for episode 21 of our Podcast – Darkness Falls. Story Notes Her brother Susano-o, having been condemned to go reside in Yomi, wished to speak to his sister one last time and so ascends to Heaven. He brother informs her that he comes with no ill intent and[...]

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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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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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EP12 When Day became Night

EP12 When Day became Night

Show Notes for EP12 of our Podcast – When Day became Night. Story Notes Izanagi having left Yomi and needing to cleanse himself bathed in the Tachibana River. From this many new Gods sprang forth, however, the Gods we will talk about today are Amaterasu and Tsukiyomi. The Sun Goddess[...]

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EP9 Izumo Province (Mythological Creation)

EP9 Izumo Province (Mythological Creation)

Show Notes for episode 9 of our Podcast – Izumo Province (Mythological Creation). Story Notes The story for today comes from the Izumo fudoki, written about the Japanese Province of Izumo. (Modern Day Shimane Prefecture) This fudoki (which were created as way to record the histories and information pertaining to[...]

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EP5 Weaver of Heaven

EP5 Weaver of Heaven

Show Notes for EP5 of our Podcast – Tanabata – Weaver of Heaven. Story and Song Notes The festival of Tanabata can trace it origins to the Empress Koken when it was adopted by Japan from the Heian Period. The festival has lasted to this day. The story of the[...]

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EP3 Death of a Goddess

EP3 Death of a Goddess

Show Notes for EP3 – Death of a Goddess. Story Notes: Izanami and Izanagi having made the island of Japan, turn to making Spirits. Eventually Izanami gives birth to the Fire God – Kagutsuchi. Who, burning her as she gives birth to him, causes her to die. Izanagi, angry the[...]

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EP1 Heavenly Spear

EP1 Heavenly Spear

Show Notes for EP1 – Heavenly Spear. Story Notes: Izanami and Izanagi, tasked with the creation of the lands below are given the gift of the Jewelled Spear of Heaven. They thrust down this Heavenly Spear into the sea below from their vantage point on the Floating Bridge of Heaven[...]