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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 Deities this week, and we have nearly finished working through the Yokai in the next compendium of supernatural creatures we are reaidng through. Deities Amaterasu (Updated) Amatsuhikone Amenohatorihime Amenohohi Amenooshihomimi Ichikishimahime Ikutsuhikone Izanagi (Updated) Kumanokusubi Mikuratana Susano-o (Updated)[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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 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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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 Ikinoshima (Updated) Sado Shima (Updated) Tsushima (Updated) Literature Nihon Kiryaku Wakan Sansai Zue (Updated) People Fujiwara no Yoshitaka Fujiwara no Yukinari Places Iwafune no[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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 Ono no Komachi Places Iwafune no Ki Nutari no Ki Spirits Road Wardens of Yomi Yokai Hiderigami Kappa (Updated) Ōmagatoki Oni[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]