eggplant and cucumber horses
Japanese Holidays

Episode 8: Obon Part One: On Cucumber Horses They Ride

Obon is the time of year when all the ancestors’ spirits make the long haul back to the world of the living to pay a visit. Butsudan altars are decorated to the hilt and families wait expectantly for grandma and grandpa, great grandma and great grandpa (not to mention great, great, great grandma and grandpa) to arrive and hang out.

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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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