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E92 The Descent of Ninigi

E92 The Descent of Ninigi

Show Notes for episode 92 of our Podcast – The Descent of Ninigi. Story Notes The grandchild of Amaterasu was known as Ninigi, or Amatsuhikohohoninigi for his full name. This boy was a child through the sun kami’s son Masayaakatsukatsuhayahi Amanooshihomimi and his wife Takuhatachihime A meeting is held by[...]

Culture Podcast

E91 Blind Bankers of Edo

E91 Blind Bankers of Edo

Show Notes for episode 91 of our Podcast – Blind Bankers of Edo. Story Notes During the Edo Period, also known as the Tokugawa Period, there was a surprising amount of professions that were available to the blind or visually impaired. From acupuncture, to playing the koto, to even performing[...]

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E90 Jesus in Japan

E90 Jesus in Japan

Show Notes for episode 90 of our Podcast – Jesus in Japan. Story Notes The podcasts return has aligned with Christmas Day, so why not talk a little about Jesus. For there are some that believe Jesus didn’t die on the cross, but in fact made his way to Japan[...]

Drinking Podcast

E89 The Golden Tea Room

E89 The Golden Tea Room

Show Notes for episode 89 of our Podcast – The Golden Tea Room. Story Notes The Golden Tea Room, or as it is known Japanese, the 黄金の茶室, Ōgon no chashitsu was not a permanent structure that people could visit to should they wish to go and experience a tea ceremony.[...]

Folklore Podcast Poetry Yokai

B23 The Demon Candlestick

B23 The Demon Candlestick

Show Notes for bonus episode 23 of our Podcast – The Demon Candlestick. Story Notes Now this particular tale I came across when doing research into the yokai from the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi by Toriyama Sekien. And notes alongside this creature in the book I was using also led us[...]

Folklore Podcast Religion Yokai

B22 A Dead Secret

B22 A Dead Secret

Show Notes for bonus episode 22 of our Podcast – A Dead Secret. Story Notes A long time ago, in the province of Tamba, there lived a rich merchant named Inamuraya Gensuké. He had a daughter called O-Sono. As she was very clever and pretty, he thought it would be[...]

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E84 The Three Bonsai

E84 The Three Bonsai

Show Notes for episode 84 of our Podcast – The Three Bonsai. Story Notes In the reign of the Emperor Go-Fukakusa there lived a celebrated Regent, Saimyoji Tokiyori. When thirty years of age this Regent retired to a monastery for several years, and not infrequently his peace of mind was[...]

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E83 The Tale of Priest Zōga

E83 The Tale of Priest Zōga

Show Notes for episode 84 of our Podcast – The Tale of Priest Zōga. Story Notes This is the tale of Priest Zōga (蔵賀), a man who we known lived from 917-1003. This particular tale concerning him can be found in several different documents, these being the Konjaku Monogatari Shu,[...]

Culture Health Care Podcast

B21 Night Moving

B21 Night Moving

Show Notes for bonus episode 21 of our Podcast – Night Moving. Story Notes This was a strange things I came across in my feed one day, and I knew it was something that was worth talking about on our show. In Chiba, you can find a man by the[...]

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E82 Eugenics in Japan

E82 Eugenics in Japan

Show Notes for episode 82 of our Podcast – Eugenics in Japan. Story Notes It seems that in almost every country at some point the idea of eugenics has been spread through the country and even utilised with that country. So we are going to take a look at how[...]

Drinking Food Literature Podcast Poetry

E81 A Troubled Stomach

E81 A Troubled Stomach

Show Notes for episode 81 of our Podcast – A Troubled Stomach. Story Notes Now this is a tale which can be found in the konjaku monogatari shū, a tale revolving around a man known as Fujiwara no Tamemori from the Province of Echizen. A Province he was made Governor[...]

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E80 Hoichi the Earless

E80 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[...]

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E79 The Plague of Emperor Sujin

E79 The Plague of Emperor Sujin

Show Notes for episode 79 of our Podcast – The Plague of Emperor Sujin. Story Notes These notes are taken from the corrosponding page concerning the Emperor, with some ommisions. Emperor Sujin (崇神 天皇) was the 10th Emperor of Japan also known as Mimakiiribikoiniye (御眞木入日子印恵命) or Mimaki Irihiko Isachi. He[...]

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E78 The Song the Sea God Sang

E78 The Song the Sea God Sang

Show Notes for episode 78 of our Podcast – The Song the Sea God Sang. Story Notes The Song the Sea God Sang is said to be a critique on the connections that exist between humans and the kamui (gods of the Ainu). For this particular story it revolves around[...]

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E77 To Live Forever

E77 To Live Forever

Show Notes for episode 77 of our Podcast – To Live Forever. Show Notes This is another story by Yei Theodora Ozaki, a woman who sorely deserves her own episode on our show some time soon! Long, long ago there lived a man called Sentaro. His surname meant “Millionaire,” but[...]

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E76 A Cautionary Buddhist Tale

E76 A Cautionary Buddhist Tale

Show Notes for episode 76 of our Podcast – A Cautionary Buddhist Tale. Story Notes This particular tale comes from the Uji shui monogatari and centers around the character of Fujiwara no Toshiyuki. A man who died in either 901 or 907AD. Toshiyuki was a celebrated caligrapher and many people[...]

Exploration Podcast Work

E75 The 1,000,000円 Question

E75 The 1,000,000円 Question

Show Notes for episode 75 of our Podcast – The 1,000,000円 Question. Story Notes The government in Japan has increased it’s incentives to get people moving out of the capital and surrounding districts to help with the overcrowding they are seeing in Tokyo; one of the biggest cities in the[...]

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E74 Protectors

E74 Protectors

Show Notes for episode 74 of our Podcast – Protectors. Story Notes Today we finish of Women’s History month. Yes, we know it took us a while. (But as future Thomas writes here, we were in a very bad place with my mental health, I even used soley wikipedia for[...]

Geisha Literature Podcast

E73C The Road to being Geisha

E73C The Road to being Geisha

Show Notes for episode 73C of our Podcast – The Road to being Geisha. Story Notes When life began as a maiko all of Mineko’s time disappeared. Her schedule seemed a little grueling. And don’t forget she is only 15 still at this time. Her days would begin at 6[...]

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B20 Pearl Diving in Japan

B20 Pearl Diving in Japan

Show Notes for bonus 20 of our Podcast – Pearl Diving in Japan. Story Notes Pearl Diving in Japan is carried out by a group of women known as Ama or to us Diving Women. Their jobs consisted of catching seafood to sell, but over time these women had grown[...]

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[...]

Art Geisha Podcast

E73A Adopted into the Geisha World

E73A Adopted into the Geisha World

Show Notes for episode 73A of our Podcast – Adopted into the Geisha World. Story Notes Our story now looks into the life of the woman called. Mineko Iwasaki, a woman who was actually interviewed for the book Memoirs of a Geisha. Her original name was Masako Tanaka Still alive[...]

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[...]

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E70 Making Withered Trees Bloom

E70 Making Withered Trees Bloom

Show Notes for episode 70 of our Podcast – Making Withered Trees Bloom. Story Notes Long, long ago there lived an old man and his wife who supported themselves by cultivating a small plot of land. Their life had been a very happy and peaceful one save for one great[...]

Art Festivals Podcast Theatre

B19 Forgotten Pantomime – Gigaku

B19 Forgotten Pantomime – Gigaku

Show Notes for bonus 19 of our Podcast – Forgotten Pantomime – Gigaku. Story Notes Today we talk of an almost forgotten part of Japanese History. Japanese pantomime. Known as Gigaku. Now as for its origins it looks like it was an import from Korea during the Nara Period around[...]

Folklore Podcast Weapons

B18 The Horse Slaying Sword

B18 The Horse Slaying Sword

Show Notes for bonus 18 of our Podcast – The Horse Slaying Sword. Story Notes Today a look into the sword which was known as the ‘zanbato.’ Was this sword real? Or is it merely the stuff of legend? Well lets look into that today. Now first lets look at[...]

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B17 Frolicking Animals (Chōjū-giga)

B17 Frolicking Animals (Chōjū-giga)
Chōjū-giga

Show Notes for bonus 17 of our Podcast – Frolicking Animals. (Chōjū-giga) Story Notes We return to Kyoto as we often do on our show, this time to a temple known as Kōzan-ji. It is not really a centralised temple in Kyoto, located in the north-west outskirts of the city.[...]

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B16 The Crucifixion of Sogoro

B16 The Crucifixion of Sogoro

Show Notes for bonus episode 16 of our Podcast – The Crucifixion of Sogoro. Story Notes The Crucifixion of Sogoro occoured to the man known as Sakura Sōgorō (佐倉 惣五郎) also known as Kiuchi Sōgorō (木内 惣五郎) was a peasant living in the village of Kozu, now close to modern[...]

Ainu Folklore Podcast

E67 The Song the Marsh Demon Sang

E67 The Song the Marsh Demon Sang

Show Notes for episode 67 of our Podcast – The Song the Marsh Demon Sang. Story Notes The Song the Marsh Demon Sang involves the kamui Okikirmui and Apehuchi, an important kamui in charge of the fire and hearth. One day the Marsh Demon poked his eyes out from under[...]

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E66C Tattooing – The Suikoden

E66C Tattooing – The Suikoden

Show Notes for episode 66C of our Podcast – Tattooing – The Suikoden. Story Notes So lets us bring to a close our episodes on the history of tattoos.  We have mentioned throughout the popularity of the heroes from the Suikoden so I feel it makes sense to bring it[...]

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E66B Tattooing – Animal Imagery

E66B Tattooing – Animal Imagery

Show Notes for episode 66B of our Podcast – Tattooing – Animal Imagery. Story Notes Well today I must start off by saying the Dragon which I was calling Yamato no Orochi is Yamata no Orochi. I completely misread the name and have been doing so for years!   So[...]

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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[...]

Folklore Gods and Goddesses Literature Magic Podcast

E65 Urashima Taro

E65 Urashima Taro

Show Notes for episode 65 of our Podcast – Urashima Taro the Fisher Lad. Story Notes Long, long ago in the province of Tango there lived on the shore of Japan in the little fishing village of Mizu-no-ye a young fisherman named Urashima Taro. His father had been a fisherman[...]

Podcast Proverb

B14 – Proverbs Pt.2

B14 – Proverbs Pt.2

Show Notes for bonus 14 of our Podcast – Proverbs Pt.2 Proverb Notes Todays Bonus episode was a short one, one to showcase a few new proverbs we have come across during our research into Japanese History. So lets get into it. 出る杭は打たれる。 Deru kui wa utareru. Literally: The stake[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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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E60E War and Betrayal – Honnō-ji Incident

E60E 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[...]

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E60D To Become Samurai

E60D To Become Samurai

Show Notes for episode 60D of our Podcast – To Become Samurai. Story Notes After, Yasuke waited a while for another summons. Nobunaga all focused on the umazoroe (horse racing event) to come. And so Yasuke waited… and waited. Now separate from the Jesuits he had spent so long with.[...]

Folklore Imperial Family Literature Podcast

B13 – Jimmu’s Successors

B13 – Jimmu’s Successors

Show Notes for bonus 13 of our Podcast – Jimmu’s Successors. Story Notes Here follows the events, as detailed in the nihongi, of Jimmu’s Successors. These are the reigns of the 2nd to 9th Emperors of Japan. There are a few extra pieces of information from other sources as well.[...]

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E60C Meeting Nobunaga

E60C 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[...]

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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[...]

Castles Podcast Samurai Tongue Twisters

E60A Yasuke Arriving in Japan

E60A Yasuke Arriving in Japan

Show Notes for episode 60A of our Podcast – Yasuke arriving in Japan Updates on Last Week Episode One of our listeners chimed in about us saying perhaps the Knights were Samurai, reminding us that Samurai didn’t come into existence in the 12th century, however, the story of the Bamboo[...]

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E59 The Bamboo Cutters Daughter

E59 The Bamboo Cutters Daughter

Show Notes for episode 59 of our Podcast – The Bamboo Cutters Daughter. Story Notes Long, long ago, there lived an old bamboo wood-cutter. He was very poor and sad also, for no child had Heaven sent to cheer his old age, and in his heart there was no hope[...]

Folklore Magic Podcast Yokai

B12 The Vampire Cat

B12 The Vampire Cat

Show Notes for bonus episode 12 of our Podcast – The Vampire Cat. Story Notes This is an old tale, from 1871 by A.B.Mitford. Due to the age of the tale it is now out of copyright and so we have the entire original story here for you to enjoy.[...]

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E58 The Yokai behind Pokemon

E58 The Yokai behind Pokemon

Show Notes for episode 58 of our Podcast – The Yokai behind Pokemon. Story Notes Pokemon is a world wide phenomenon which was first thought up around 1989 by Pokemon executive director Satoshi Tajiri when the Game Boy was released. And the item behind Pokemon came from a popular hobby[...]

Food Podcast Poetry

E57 A Brief History of Noodles

E57 A Brief History of Noodles

Show Notes for episode 57 of our Podcast – A Brief History of Noodles. Story Notes If you mention Japan and noodles in the same sentence, most people in America would, I assume, think you are talking about ramen. Ramen has become so ingrained in American culture that, along with[...]

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[...]

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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[...]

Podcast Religion

B11 Santa Kurō

B11 Santa Kurō

Show Notes for bonus episode 11 of our Podcast – Santa Kuro. Story Notes Looking around to find a topic themed around Christmas for the end of the year I stumbled upon the short tale of Santa Kurō  (三太九郎) and we first find this tale all the way back in[...]

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E54C Reigns End

E54C Reigns End

Show Notes for episode 54C of our Podcast – Reigns End. Story Notes So answering our little query we gave ourselves last week. The Emperor Jimmu would be 100% divine. Today we finish our look into the Emperor Jimmu and so we pick up where we left off. On the[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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E52 The Love of Asagao

E52 The Love of Asagao

Show Notes for episode 52 of our Podcast – The Love of Asagao. Story Notes This story originally came from 1913 and so is available free of copyright and so we can include the story in full for you here today. “The morning gloryHer leaves and bells has boundMy bucket-handle[...]

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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[...]

Drinking Food Podcast

EP50 Worlds Oldest Companies

EP50 Worlds Oldest Companies

Show Notes for episode 50 of our Podcast – Worlds Oldest Companies.   Story Notes In the world there exists 67 companies which have existed since before 1300AD, and out of those 67. 34% of them are located in Japan. So today let’s dive into some of them shall we? [...]

Magic Ninja Podcast

B10 Ninja Magician

B10 Ninja Magician
Kashin Koji

Show Notes for bonus episode 10 of our Podcast – Ninja Magician. Story Notes Kashin Koji (果心居士) was said to have been a magician born in 1524 who also went by the name of Shippo Gyoja (Pilgrim of the Seven Treasures). His ancestry is unfortunately not known and we can[...]

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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[...]

Food Podcast Proverb

E47 Sushi

E47 Sushi

Show Notes for episode 47 of our Podcast – Sushi. Story Notes What do you think of when you think about sushi? Maybe you think about the rolls served with avocado, mayonnaise, fried seafood… Maybe you think about the cute little egg omelettes or raw fish like tuna served on[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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 kami to flee for a time causing the land to fall into darkness, and generally he has proven to be not a[...]

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E43 Kappa

E43 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[...]

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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.[...]

Folklore Gods and Goddesses Podcast Yokai

B8 Imaro and the Wani

B8 Imaro and the Wani

Show Notes for bonus episode 8 of our Podcast – Imaro and the Wani. Story Notes Imaro and the Wani is a short myth written down in the Izumo Fudoki. A kind of record and history of the old Japanese Province of Izumo.  We have talked about this document before[...]

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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[...]

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B7 The Tatoo Collector

B7 The Tatoo Collector

Show Notes for bonus episode 7 of our Podcast – The Tatoo Collector. Story Notes Fukushi Masaichi (福士政一) is an interesting man, born January 30th 1878, he lived until 1956 and had a single child by the name of Fukushi Katsunari. Now they are of interest to us as he[...]

Podcast Proverb

B6 Proverbs

B6 Proverbs

Show Notes for bonus episode 6 of our Podcast – Proverbs. Story Notes There are many proverbs throughout Japan and so we wanted to introduce you to a few of them. 釈迦に説法 しゃかにせっぽう Translation: Teaching Buddhism to the Buddah. Trying to explain things to someone who knows more than you.   花より団子 Hana yori dango Dango[...]

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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),[...]

Hachiko Podcast Poetry

EP38 Hachiko: The Dog Who Waited

EP38 Hachiko: The Dog Who Waited

Show Notes for episode 38 of our Podcast – Hachiko: The Dog Who Waited. Story Notes To tell the story of Hachiko it is no doubt also good to know a little about the man who raise him.  Now this man was known as Hidesaburō Ueno ((上野 英三郎) born January[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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,[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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[...]

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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[...]

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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,[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]