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Drinking Geisha Podcast Poetry

E73B Becoming Maiko

E73B 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[...]

Literature Podcast Poetry

E72 Higuchi Ichiyo

E72 Higuchi Ichiyo

Show Notes for episode 72 of our Podcast – Higuchi Ichiyo. Story Notes Today we finally delve into the life of Higuchi Ichiyo, the woman you can see on the 5000円 note. Ichiyo was born on May 2, 1872. Her name at birth was Natsu, although she also called herself[...]

Art Literature Podcast Poetry

E71 Hidden Names

E71 Hidden Names

Show Notes for episode 71 of our Podcast – Hidden Names. Story Notes Our first episode during Womens History Month so I wanted to do an episode on 3 women I have come across in my time making the website and they are women we do not know the names[...]

Art Festivals Gods and Goddesses Podcast Poetry Religion

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[...]

Exploration Folklore Gods and Goddesses Literature Magic Mountains Podcast Poetry Religion

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[...]

Folklore Literature Podcast Poetry Religion Yokai

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[...]

Folklore Gods and Goddesses Literature Podcast Poetry Religion

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[...]

Festivals Imperial Family Podcast Poetry

E61 Golden Week

E61 Golden Week

Show Notes for episode 61 of our Podcast – Golden Week. Story Notes Today Heather brought us the history of Golden Week so lets get into it. Golden week got its start in 1948. The Japanese government established a “public holiday law” designating 9 official holidays as well as stating[...]

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E60B The Road to Kyoto

E60B The Road to Kyoto

Show Notes for episode 60B of our Podcast – The Road to Kyoto Story Notes We carry on from where we left off. With Yasuke and Allesandro finishing up their meeting with Lord Arima. And so it was time for the two of them to return home, through the territory[...]

Folklore Literature Magic Podcast Poetry

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[...]

Imperial Family Literature Podcast Poetry Religion Temples

E55 The Life and Poems of Manzei

E55 The Life and Poems of Manzei

Show Notes for episode 55 of our Podcast – The Life and Poems of Manzei. Story Notes Now the poems we will talk of today come from the man’yōshū, a large poetry collection of 20 volumes and more than 4,500 waka poems. The document in question was divided into three[...]

Folklore Gods and Goddesses Imperial Family Podcast Poetry Religion

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[...]

Exploration Gods and Goddesses Imperial Family Podcast Poetry

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[...]

Folklore Magic Podcast Poetry Temples

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[...]

Folklore Podcast Poetry Samurai

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[...]

Folklore Gods and Goddesses Imperial Family Podcast Poetry Religion Temples

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[...]

Podcast Poetry Songs

E48 Iroha and Dragonflies

E48 Iroha and Dragonflies

Show Notes for episode 48 of our Podcast – Iroha and Dragonflies. Story Notes So if I was to ask you what a pangram was, what example could you give?  If you are an English speaker you may already know of one, even if you didn’t realise such a thing[...]

Folklore Food Podcast Poetry Yokai

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[...]

Folklore Podcast Poetry Yokai

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[...]

Podcast Poetry

E45 Beginning Basho

E45 Beginning Basho

 Show Notes for episode 45 of our Podcast – Beginning Basho. Story Notes 古池や蛙飛びこむ水の音  furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto   Breaking the silence of an ancient pond, a frog jumped into water – A deep resonance We’ve encountered Basho so many times during the podcast, that[...]

Folklore Gods and Goddesses Podcast Poetry Religion

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[...]

Blossoms Exploration Gods and Goddesses Podcast Poetry Religion Songs World War Two

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.[...]

Blossoms Exploration Mountains Podcast Poetry Temples World War Two

EP42A A Passion for Cherry Blossoms

EP42A A Passion for Cherry Blossoms

Show Notes for episode 42A of our Podcast – A Passion for Cherry Blossoms. Story Notes In ancient Japan, blossoms were a symbol of new life, new beginnings. But this began to change through in second half of 19th century, accelerating dramatically in the 1930’s. They changed them to be[...]

Art Mountains Podcast Poetry

EP41 Hokusai

EP41 Hokusai

Show Notes for episode 41 of our Podcast – Hokusai. Story Notes Hokusai, is the name he is most well known by, but his given name when he was born in 1760 was Tokitaro. Born some believe in the Warigesui section of the Honjo District in Edo.  People believe his[...]

Folklore Podcast Poetry Temples Yokai

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[...]

Ainu Exploration Podcast Poetry Science

EP39 First Antarctic Expedition

EP39 First Antarctic Expedition

Show Notes for episode 39 of our Podcast – First Antarctic Expedition. Story Notes To start off it is best to talk a little about the man behind the expedition. His name was Nobu Shirase, born originally in Akita Prefecture (so I nice little tie in with last weeks episode),[...]

Drinking Festivals Folklore Food Podcast Poetry Religion

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[...]

Gods and Goddesses Podcast Poetry

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[...]

Folklore Podcast Poetry Yokai

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[...]

Mountains Ninja Podcast Poetry Religion

EP22 En the Pilgrim

EP22 En the Pilgrim

Show Notes for episode 22 of our Podcast – En the Pilgrim. Story Notes En no Ozunu is an interesting man. Born in a time really before the Ninja, if anyone would have asked him if he considered himself to be one he would have just looked at you in[...]

Food Podcast Poetry

EP19 Japanese Curry

EP19 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[...]

Folklore Podcast Poetry Religion

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.[...]

Folklore Gods and Goddesses Podcast Poetry

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[...]

Folklore Gods and Goddesses Podcast Poetry Religion

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[...]

Folklore Podcast Poetry

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[...]

Folklore Podcast Poetry

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[...]

Folklore Gods and Goddesses Mountains Podcast Poetry Religion

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[...]

Folklore Podcast Poetry Yokai

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[...]

Gods and Goddesses Podcast Poetry

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[...]

Podcast Poetry World War Two

EP8A Righteous Among Nations

EP8A Righteous Among Nations

Show Notes for EP8A – Righteous Among Nations Story Notes: Chiune Sugihara was born 1 January, 1900  in Gifu prefecture. The second son of Yoshima and Yatsu, he had 5 brothers and one sister.  His family lived in a borrowed temple, close to Kyosen-ji.  He moved to many elementary schools[...]

Ninja Podcast Poetry

EP7 Target: Nobunaga

EP7 Target: Nobunaga

Show Notes for EP7 of our Podcast – Target: Nobunaga. Story Notes Sugitani Zenjubo (杉谷善住坊) was born to one of the 53 families of the Koga Clan, acting as Ninja and Sniper for them until his death in 1573. He was best known for his use of the matchlock rifle (hinawa-ju). Initially the Koga[...]

Folklore Podcast Poetry

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[...]