Japanese Urban Legends

Episode 30: Human-Faced Fish (jinmengyo)

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.

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setsubun oni beans
Japanese Holidays

Episode 29: Setsubun: The Devils are Coming!

The devils are coming! February 3rd is Setsubun in Japan and it’s not just the day before spring, 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.

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Japanese Folklore

Episode 28: Ebisu, The Leech Boy Who Became a God

I’m starting 2019 off with the Seven Lucky Gods (Shichi Fukujin), or 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.

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