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E80 Hoichi the EarlessE80 Hoichi the Earless
Show Notes for episode 80 of our Podcast – Hoichi the Earless. Story Notes More than seven hundred years ago, at Dan-no-ura, in the Straits of Shimonoséki, was fought the last battle of the long contest between the Heiké, or Taira clan, and the Genji, or Minamoto clan. There the[...]
E60E War and Betrayal – Honnō-ji IncidentE60E War and Betrayal – Honnō-ji Incident
Show Notes for episode 60E of our Podcast – War and Betrayal – Honnō-ji Incident Story Notes We jump to late autumn when Yasuke is in attendance to Nobunaga. A messanger arrives at Azuchi castle bringing a message from General Hideyoshi. His siege at Tottori Castle against the Mori (the[...]
E55 The Life and Poems of ManzeiE55 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[...]
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[...]
E49 The Sacred RegaliaE49 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[...]
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[...]
EP42A A Passion for Cherry BlossomsEP42A 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[...]
EP40 Cat Foklore #1EP40 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[...]
B5 Peacock PowerB5 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[...]
EP25 Temples of Ueno ParkEP25 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,[...]