setsubun oni beans
Japanese Holidays

Setsubun: The Devils are Coming! (Ep. 29)

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

Ebisu, The Leech Boy Who Became a God (Ep. 28)

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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Hokusai Sarayashiki
Japanese Folktales

Okiku and the Nine Plates (bancho sarayashiki) (Ep. 25)

Okiku, the poor servant girl who is still believed to haunt the well where she perished so many years ago. If you hear her count to nine, you too will die a horrible death. If you hear her but flee before she gets to seven, you may perhaps live, but you may also lose some of your mind.

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Kachi Kachi Yama
Japanese Folktales

A Bedtime Story: Kachi-Kachi Mountain (Ep. 24)

This is my retelling and reimagining of a classic Japanese folktale Kachi Kachi Yama (Kachi Kachi Mountain). It is very PG and everyone friendly. The more true-to-the-original and very slightly R-rated is over as extra content on Patreon.

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kuchisake onna
Japanese Urban Legends

The Slit-Mouthed Woman (Ep. 23)

Here are two urban myths that have always intrigued me: The Slit-Mouthed Woman (kuchisake onna) and The White Thread That Comes from Your Ear (mimi kara shiroi ito).

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Japanese Folktales

The Heavenly Demon (Amanojaku) + Bedtime Story! (Ep. 19)

The amanojaku is a nasty Japanese beastie that predates Buddhism, might have originated from a Shinto deity, who you can usually find getting trampled on by the Four Heavenly Kings at temples all around Japan. It’s also used to describe a contrary person.

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