Japanese Superstitions

Episode 41: Japanese Superstitions II: Spider Lilies and Ghostly Trees

Why is the beautiful Spider lily also called a corpse flower? Why didn’t samurai keep camellias in their gardens? Why do Japanese ghosts like to hang out under weeping willows?

On this episode of Uncanny Japan I’ll take on a few more Japanese superstitions, but this time plant and flower-related stories.

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Japanese Superstitions

Episode 15: Inviting a Friend to Die (Rokuyo)

The rokuyo or six days is the Japanese calendar that you consult when preparing to engage in various affairs: weddings, funerals, trips, and business dealings to name a few. Some days are good for some things, other days are good for others. Some days are just bad, bad, bad.

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kimon
Japanese Superstitions

Episode 11: The Devil’s Gate (Kimon)

You have one. I have one. We all have one: a Devil’s Gate. It’s the place where oni (Japanese devils) sneak into your home, steal all your good luck and fine health, and scuttle away.

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Japanese Superstitions

Episode 6: Japanese Superstitions 1

Three Japanese superstitions and why: 1) Don’t cut your nails at night. 2) Don’t whistle at night. 3) Do kill spiders at night…or don’t, actually you might not want to. There’s a good argument why you should let those night spiders live.

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