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E79 The Plague of Emperor SujinE79 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[...]
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[...]
E76 A Cautionary Buddhist TaleE76 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[...]
E65 Urashima TaroE65 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[...]
E64 To Hell and BackE64 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[...]
E59 The Bamboo Cutters DaughterE59 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[...]
B12 The Vampire CatB12 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.[...]
E56 The Tongue Cut SparrowE56 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[...]
E53 Kettles and SparrowsE53 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[...]
B10 Ninja MagicianB10 Ninja Magician
Show Notes for bonus episode 10 of our Podcast – Ninja Magician. Story Notes Kashin Koji (果心居士) was said to have been a magician born in 1524 who also went by the name of Shippo Gyoja (Pilgrim of the Seven Treasures). His ancestry is unfortunately not known and we can[...]