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E60C Meeting NobunagaE60C Meeting Nobunaga
Show Notes for episode 60C of our Podcast – Meeting Nobunaga Story Notes We left off with them all entering finally into Kyoto for their fated meeting with Oda Nobunaga. But I failed to mention that as they neared Kyoto their small procession had grown and grown so when they[...]
E48 Iroha and DragonfliesE48 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[...]
E43 KappaE43 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[...]
EP42B Falling BlossomsEP42B 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.[...]
EP34 OniEP34 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 and there can be both male and female Oni, though female Oni[...]
EP33 MirrorsEP33 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[...]
B2 Yuki ya konkoB2 Yuki ya konko
Show Notes for bonus episode 2 of our Podcast – Yuki ya konko. Hopefully there will be more songs for you all in the future, until then we hope you enjoy this one. Be sure to check out the rest of the website while you’re here. Song Notes 雪やこんこ 霰やこんこ降っては 降ってはずんずん つもる山も野原も 綿帽子かぶり枯木残らず 花が咲く yuki[...]
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[...]
EP5 Weaver of HeavenEP5 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[...]
EP4 Samurai WeathermanEP4 Samurai Weatherman
Show Notes for EP4 – Samurai Weatherman. We have some extra notes here for you about Sekiso from our database about him. Story Notes: Tsunokuma Sekiso (角隈 石宗) was a Gunbaisha (Military Strategist) and Vassal during the Azuchi-Momoyama Period for the Warlord Otomo Sorin. He died during the Battle of Mimikawa in 1578. Records from his life state[...]