Ukioe cutting toenails
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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kishibojin
Japanese Buddhism

Episode 5: Kishibojin: The Mother of All Devils

Kishibojin: an ogress with a penchant for feeding human babies to her own children, but who was able to see the error of her ways and not only repent but reinvent herself as a goddess. That’s what I call chutzpah!

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hatsuyume
Japanese Superstitions

Episode 2: Hatsu-yume: Your First Dream of the New Year

Hatsu-yume is the first dream you have in the New Year. In Japan there is a saying: ichi fuji, ni taka, san nasubi, which means the luckiest dream you can have is of Mt. Fuji, the second luckiest thing to see in a dream is a hawk, and the third is an eggplant.

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