Episode 1: Musha-burui — 武者震い

Episode 1: Musha-burui — 武者震い

Musha-burui is that trembling with excitement, anticipation, and fear one has before engaging in a formidable task. It comes from the idea of a samurai going headlong into battle. Musha 武者 means samurai or warrior. Burui 震い comes from the verb furu 震う, to shake or tremble.

This is what I’m feeling recording my first podcast: musha-burui.

Notes: The intro/outro music of Uncanny Japan is a song by Christiaan Virant (“Yi Gui” from Ting Shuo).  The whole album is just gorgeous as it everything else by FM3.

3 thoughts on “Episode 1: Musha-burui — 武者震い

  1. I love the nuances of a language & culture that is so much older than hours in the US. I remember as a very young man, I visited the museum in NY called The Cloisters. I remember being so taken aback that by our reference point, 200 years was old, yet for most cultures, it’s a blink of an eye.
    Love the podcast

  2. Just listened to the first episode. To some extent I think that’s a feeling I regularly have. I used to look at English as a language that has a word to describe everything but guess I was wrong. Looking forward to listening to the other episodes. I have to admit I’m the type that got into Japan and it’s culture through watching anime and I hope the podcast helps in eliminating the one sided view I have of Japan and it’s culture.

    1. Gabus! Thank you for listening. I really want to do more episodes of words that are in Japanese but not in English. I’m writing that on my To Do List right now. Ironically enough, I came to Japan before anime and manga got big, so I’m woefully uneducated in those areas. You said exactly what I want to do: introduce a different side of Japan to people.

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