Ainu Folklore Gods and Goddesses Podcast Proverb

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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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[...]

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EP34 Oni

EP34 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[...]

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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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EP33 Mirrors

EP33 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[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #17

Wiki Updates #17

Wiki Updates #17 Well guys here we have it. Wiki Updates #17 for you all. Alot of new people this time around, we endevoured to make a page for the Nashitsubo no Gonin which then led us to more and more poets who had connections to each other. We still[...]

Health Care Podcast

B4 Hospital Check Up

B4 Hospital Check Up

Show Notes for bonus episode 4 of our Podcast – Hospital Check Up. Story Notes We gave Heather a call for a Hospital Check Up and while we were at it, we thought we would look at some medical history from Japan. These notes are the few things I found[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #16

Wiki Updates #16

Wiki Updates #16 Wiki Updates #16 is here for you all. Honestly was hoping to have gotten a lot more done for this update, but sadly work constraints meant I could not quite get there. Mostly we added several new poets for you and some new supernatural creatures. So go[...]

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EP32 Ninja Arsenal

EP32 Ninja Arsenal

Show Notes for episode 32 of our Podcast – Ninja Arsenal. There was no poem segment in todays episode due to the length of the Podcast. Story Notes Now I have debated a little on how to write down these show notes, as we know during the episode I gave[...]

Samurai Tongue Twisters

EP31 Lady Tomoe

EP31 Lady Tomoe

Show Notes for episode 31 of our Podcast – Lady Tomoe. Story Notes Now today I wanted to talk about a woman called Tomoe Gozen, or simply Lady Tomoe from the Heian into the Kamakura Period. And I wanted to talk about her because it’s been a while since we[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #15

Wiki Updates #15
Obariyon

Wiki Updates #15 Wiki Updates #15 is here. We worked on several new poets over these two weeks, as well as having major updated to many Shinto kami. As well as a few new places, and a single new Yokai to check out. Total pages 744. Wanted pages 494. Kami[...]

Folklore Mountains Podcast Yokai

B3 Zenki and Goki

B3 Zenki and Goki

Show Notes for bonus episode 3 of our Podcast – Zenki and Goki. Story Notes Zenki and Goki (前鬼 & 後鬼) are two well known Oni with strong associations with the founder of the Shugendō Religion, En no Gyōja. Said to have dwelt in the mountains ranges close to Nara,[...]

Festivals Podcast Poetry

EP30 The Bean Throwing Festival

EP30 The Bean Throwing Festival

Show Notes for episode 30 of our Podcast – The Bean Throwing Festival. Story Notes There is a saying in Japan they states: On the Eve of the beginning of the Spring Season, to place heads of sardine and holly is to ward of the devil known as Kaguhana, a[...]

Drinking Podcast Poetry

EP29 Mother of Japanese Whiskey

EP29 Mother of Japanese Whiskey

Show Notes for episode 29 of our Podcast – Mother of Japanese Whiskey. Story Notes Jessie Roberta Cowan was born in December 14, 1896 in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Her father was a doctor in the village. She grew up the oldest of four children, two younger sisters and a[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #14

Wiki Updates #14

Wiki Updates #14 Wiki Updates #14 is here for you all. Several new creatures for you, with lots of updates for you all. We also changed the appearance of the entire website, so we hope you are finding it all a little easier to get around now. Total pages 730.[...]

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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[...]

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EP27 Legends of Himeji

EP27 Legends of Himeji

Show Notes for episode 27 of our Podcast – Legends of Himeji. Story Notes So today I wanted talk a little about some of the history of Himeji Castle. Castle in Japanese being pronounced Jō. As some of you many recall I visited Nagasaki during November last year when my[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #13

Wiki Updates #13

Wiki Updates #13 Wiki Updates #13 is here for you. And for the most part we have been looking again at a few more Yokai and Supernatural Creatures to flesh out the website a little. We have also added an Interactive Map to the homepage to show case the locations[...]

Songs

B2 Yuki ya konko

B2 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[...]

Folklore Podcast Poetry

EP26 Okiku and the Nine Plates

EP26 Okiku and the Nine Plates

Show Notes for episode 26 of our Podcast – Okiku and the Nine Plates. Story Notes Today I wanted to tell a story, this one in particular being a ghost story – The story of Okiku and the Nine Plates. Now this is one of Japanese better known Ghosts stories[...]

Gods and Goddesses Podcast Temples

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,[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #12

Wiki Updates #12

Wiki Updates #12 Wiki Updates #12 is here. A lot of pages relating to past podcast episodes for you to refer too. We are hoping as we go forward to be adding pages that don’t solely relate to podcast episodes, to allow us to broden the scope of this site.[...]

Festivals Food Podcast Songs

EP24 Christmas in Japan

EP24 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[...]

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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[...]

Folklore Tongue Twisters

B1 Shippeitaro

B1 Shippeitaro

Show Notes for bonus episode 1 of our Podcast – Shippeitaro. Story Notes The story of Shippeitaro is an interesting folktale from Japan around the theme of human sacrifice. Mukashi mukashi, long long ago there was a warrior who weary from travelling took shelter one night in a lonely and[...]

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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[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #11

Wiki Updates #11

Wiki Updates #11 Our 11th update is here. Current Totals Pages: 689 Current Total Wanted Pages: 430 Alot of updated information in Wiki Updates #11 for certain Shinto kami as we have been researching them for episode 21 of the podcast. We finally finished adding all the ‘wanted pages’ for[...]

Gods and Goddesses Podcast Proverb Religion

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[...]

Podcast Poetry

EP20 Sole Japanese aboard the Titanic

EP20 Sole Japanese aboard the Titanic

Show Notes for episode 20 of our Podcast – Sole Japanese aboard the Titanic. Story Notes So today I wanted to talk about Masabumi Hosono. He was born October 15th 1870 and lived until March 14th 1939. Now we know he lived his life being a civil servant but what[...]

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[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #10

Wiki Updates #10
Wiki Updates #10

Wiki Updates #10 Wiki Updates #10 is here. And if I am honest there isn’t much new for you since we last posted. We have added alot of redirect pages to make it easier for people to find certain pages. This is especially true as we have started to look[...]

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[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #9

Wiki Updates #9
Sagoromo Monogatari

Wiki Updates #9 Wiki Updates #9 is here. This week we discovered a few new Folktales for you and have begun to look into different occupations in Japan. It is something we are increasingly getting more ‘wanted pages’ for and so we want to start dealing it with it now[...]

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[...]

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Wiki Updates #8

Wiki Updates #8

Wiki Updates #8 Wiki Updates #8 is here. Quite a few new kami this week, and we have nearly finished working through the Yokai in the next compendium of supernatural creatures we are reaidng through. Kami Literature People Places Supernatural Creatures That’s all for since our last update. Talk to[...]

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[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #7

Wiki Updates #7

Wiki Updates #7 Finally, Wiki Updates #7 is here. It’s been a long while since we last had a site update for you. And we’re going to be bringing them to you now every Wednesday to let you know of all the new and updated pages on our website. So[...]

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[...]

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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[...]

Podcast Poetry Science

EP14A The man on the 1000円

EP14A The man on the 1000円

Show Notes for EP14A of our Podcast – Hei! Say my Name. The man on the 1000円 Story Notes Hideyo Noguchi was was born on November 9th, 1876 so we’re almost reaching modern Japan. The Edo Period had ended 8 years ago by this point. And for those in the[...]

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[...]

Folklore Podcast

EP11 Superstitions

EP11 Superstitions

Show Notes for EP11 of our Podcast – Superstitions. Story Notes There are many Superstitions in Japan. Numbers The numbers 4 and 9 in Japan have associations within bad luck. The number 4 四 can be associated with death as this can be pronounced shi. The same pronunciation for death.[...]

Podcast Poetry Yokai

EP10 A Ghost Story in Tokyo

EP10 A Ghost Story in Tokyo

Show Notes for EP10 of our Podcast – A Ghost Story in Tokyo. (Show notes today by Heather). Story Notes: I’m outside today for our ghost story, in the dark in Tokyo. I hope you can hear the sound of the cicadas.  Ghost stories are usually told in summer in[...]

Gods and Goddesses Podcast Poetry

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[...]

Podcast Poetry World War Two

EP8B Order 9066 and 1000 Cranes

EP8B Order 9066 and 1000 Cranes

Show Notes for EP8B – Order 9066 and 1000 Cranes. (Show notes today by Heather). Story Notes: Sometimes there is a call to action. That even if you know what you are doing may not have a huge effect, but sometimes you need to do anything you can. For this[...]

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[...]

Festivals Gods and Goddesses Podcast Songs

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[...]

Podcast Samurai Songs

EP4 Samurai Weatherman

EP4 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[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #6

Wiki Updates #6
EP3 Show Notes

Wiki Updates #6 This week in our Wiki Updates #6 we have several new and updated pages. As well as the Poet Fujiwara no Yoshitaka. Islands Literature People Places Kami Yokai That’s it for now guys. Talk to you soon. You can listen to our podcast over on Anchor here:[...]

Gods and Goddesses Podcast Religion

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[...]

Podcast Yokai

EP2 Iron Rat

EP2 Iron Rat

Show Notes for EP2 – Iron Rat. Story Notes: Raigo was a Buddhist monk living at the Temple of Mii-dera in Kyoto. He was approached by the Emperor Shirakawa with a proposition. If he was to pray for the safe birth of his son, he would expand his temple. Raigo[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #5

Wiki Updates #5
Wiki Updates #5

Wiki Updates #5 This week in our Wiki Updates #5 we have a few new Yokai, the poet Ono no Komachi as well as a few new places. People Places Kami Yokai That’s it for now guys. Talk to you soon.[...]

Gods and Goddesses Podcast Religion

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[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #4

Wiki Updates #4
Weekly Updates #4

Wiki Updates #4 This week in our Wiki Updates #4 we have several updates and a few new Shinto kami from further reading the Nihongi, and we’ve also started exploring a new book of monsters and ghouls, the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki. We also have found an online version of[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #3

Wiki Updates #3
Wiki Updates #3

Wiki Updates #3 Time for our Wiki Updates #3. This week we don’t have too many new pages for you, sorry about that. It’s been exam week at my school and invigilating and marking takes a lot of time. We have however, finally finished all the Yōkai within the Gazu[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #2

Wiki Updates #2
Wiki Updates #2

Wiki Updates #2 Hi guys, this is our second Update for you (Wiki Updates #2) as we gear up for episode 1 of our Podcast this coming Friday. Several updates to the Shinto Spirit and Japanese Literature this week. Hope you are all well and that you find something of[...]

Weekly Updates

Wiki Updates #1

Wiki Updates #1
Nureonna

Wiki Updates #1 Hi guys, this is out Wiki Updates #1 and we just reached 500 articles over on our wiki! So in celebration we have decided to take the dive and start making our Podcast and aim to bring the first one out for you Friday May 17th with[...]