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Episode 32: Heavenly Dogs and Brilliant Swordsmen (The Tengu)

Episode 32: Heavenly Dogs and Brilliant Swordsmen (The Tengu)


There are two types of tengu: the karasu/crow tengu and the hanadaka/long-nosed tengu. They’re both awesome martial artists and fearsome foes, among other things.  On episode 32, I’ll introduce you to these two super cool Japanese yokai and tell you a little bit about their lore.

 

A Hanadaka (long-nosed) Tengu

 

Notes: Intro/Outro music by Julyan Ray Matsuura. Here and here. And here.

Episode 30: Human-Faced Fish

Episode 30: Human-Faced Fish


Next time you’re staring down into a rowdy school of koi, keep an eye out for the one that has a human face. This is a jinmengyo and rumor has it if you see one a tsunami is on its way.

Newspaper reporting human-faced fish spotted in Korea after 14 years

Or maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll get a glimpse of the nekomengyo/cat-faced carp. Which is much cuter until it grows those long legs and walks around at night.

Notes: Intro/Outro music by Julyan Ray Matsuura. Here and here. And here.

Episode 29: The Devils are Coming! (Setsubun)

Episode 29: The Devils are Coming! (Setsubun)


The devils are coming! Or the ogres or demons, depending on how you translate the Japanese word oni (鬼). February 3rd is Setsubun in Japan and it’s not just the day before spring according to the lunar calendar, it’s also the day that oni prowl the streets and children must pelt them roasted soybeans to insure good luck for the coming year. In this episode of Uncanny Japan, I talk about Setsubun and the various ways it’s celebrated.


Eho-maki Sushi for Good Luck!

This years good luck direction to face when eating your eho-maki is east northeast.

Notes: Intro/Outro music by Julyan Ray Matsuura. Here and here. And here.

Episode 28: The Leech Boy Who Became a God

Episode 28: The Leech Boy Who Became a God


I’m starting 2019 off with the Seven Lucky Gods (Shichi Fukujin), or, well, more specifically ONE of the Seven Lucky Gods: Ebisu. He’s the only one born and bred in Japan and, boy, does he have some seriously weird backstory.

Come listen to me talk about Ebisu while binaurally recording a walk through Kyoto Station.

 

Notes: Intro/Outro music

by Julyan Ray Matsuura. Here and here. And here.

Episode 27: Ojizo Bound in Ropes Doused in Oil

Episode 27: Ojizo Bound in Ropes Doused in Oil


The ojizo only wants to ease our suffering, and for that he gets tied up in ropes, doused in oil, and his head lopped off. Episode 27 of Uncanny Japan talks a little more about the ojizo statue, bringing to light some of the curious, unique, and bizarre manifestations of this beneficent deity.

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Notes: Intro/Outro music

by Julyan Ray Matsuura. Here and here. And here.