Of a Mirror and a Bell

Episode 31: Story Time – Of a Mirror and a Bell (Lafcadio Hearn)


Story Time is a little bit different than the usual Uncanny Japan podcast. Instead of me telling you about some interesting, odd, or spooky tidbit, I’ll be reading you a story. This is something I do over on Patreon once a month. There I call them Bedtime Stories and they’re more varied, from obscure pieces of folklore I find, translate, and slightly reimagine (for the story’s sake), to pieces I discover in the public domain and sometimes even my own work. But that’s that.

Here on Uncanny Japan, I’ve decided to also occasionally visit story telling. The folktales will be different than the ones on Patreon and I’m going to start with some of Lafcadio Hearn’s wonderful pieces that are up on Gutenberg.

Another thing, on the regular Uncanny Japan podcasts I use my binaural mics to record ambient sounds from my little part of Japan. However, with the Story Time episodes I’ll be using a music bed provide by my musician son, who also does the intro/outro music. Julyan Ray Matsuura. Here and here. And here.

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4 Responses

  1. I couldn’t find a contact form on site, thoroughly enjoying your podcasts, with all its presentation and calm environment sounds. I wanted to ask if you are interested in doing a podcast on Japanese “Shaman” Shinto priests and so forth. Magic and spirit workers of the shaman field. Blessings D

    1. Darren, thank you for listening and suggesting the topic. Yes! I’m very interested in Shinto and Buddhist priests and everything magic related. I already have the next couple podcast topics lined up, but I’ll definitely get to your topics. I can think of quite a few different things I could talk about, so probably more than one show. Thanks again!

  2. Hello!

    I’m also a regular listener, and just wanted to second the interest in Shinto and Buddhism related shows. I love your work, and Uncanny Japan is truly my favorite podcast.

    1. Thank you, (love your name) Zennish! I have had a very deep interest in Buddhism since my high school days and would love to do episodes about different aspects of that as well as delve into Shinto. I’m fixing to put up the newest episode about Tengu who have a very unique and interesting relationship with Buddhism themselves. I have another episode I want to do on them, I’ll try to put on more stuff about their relationship with the Buddhist faith, and, of course, more in future episodes. Thank you so much for listening.

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