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Looking for a podcast on Japan's mysterious culture? Try listening to Thersa Matsuura's Uncanny Japan Podcast and experience all that is weird about Japan—strange superstitions, folktales, cultural oddities, and interesting language quirks—and not found anywhere else! Show notes and transcripts available at uncannyjapan.com
 
Listen in as speculative fiction writer and Bram Stoker Award Finalist Thersa Matsuura reads and shares some great tales. Each episode aims to showcase the most immersive storytelling with both classics and Thersa's own writing accompanied by high quality soundscapes created for hours of relaxation. Also check out her other podcast, Uncanny Japan for Japanese folklore, folktales, cultural tidbits and superstitions!
 
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For the spooky month of October, I'm reading my short horror story, "Go-Away Monkey" from my collection The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales. It's set in an older Japan in a small village that has been ravaged by smallpox. If you remember Episode 4 (Monkeys and Monkey Lore), you'll understand the monkey show coming to town to drive away all the bad l…
 
The obscure and terrifyingly deadly yokai, the korori, ravaged Edo Japan. On today's episode I'll tell you all about it, what it really was and how foreigners were the ones who brought it to Japan. Visit the Uncanny Japan website to read the show notes and transcript. Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other show is The Soothing Stories P…
 
A misemono is like a carnival, museum, zoo, and freak show all rolled into one. Here you could see exotic animals, buy cure-all medicines, and check out mermaid mummies among many, many other thrills. Visit the Uncanny Japan website to read the show notes and transcript. Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other show is The Soothing Storie…
 
I've seen and heard dozens of narrations of Lewis Carroll's Alice and Wonderland, but at present none of the sequel, Through the Looking Glass. So I decided to remedy this and read the tale one chapter at a time. In this story, Alice doesn't fall down a rabbit hole, but instead steps through a mirror into a Looking Glass World. Here many things are…
 
I've seen and heard dozens of narrations of Lewis Carroll's Alice and Wonderland, but at present none of the sequel, Through the Looking Glass. So I decided to remedy this and read the tale one chapter at a time. In this story, Alice doesn't fall down a rabbit hole, but instead steps through a mirror into a Looking Glass World. Here many things are…
 
I've seen and heard dozens of narrations of Lewis Carroll's Alice and Wonderland, but at present none of the sequel, Through the Looking Glass. So I decided to remedy this and read the tale one chapter at a time. In this story, Alice doesn't fall down a rabbit hole, but instead steps through a mirror into a Looking Glass World. Here many things are…
 
I've seen and heard dozens of narrations of Lewis Carroll's Alice and Wonderland, but at present none of the sequel, Through the Looking Glass. So I decided to remedy this and read the tale one chapter at a time. In this story, Alice doesn't fall down a rabbit hole, but instead steps through a mirror into a Looking Glass World. Here many things are…
 
I've seen and heard dozens of narrations of Lewis Carroll's Alice and Wonderland, but at present none of the sequel, Through the Looking Glass. So I decided to remedy this and read the tale one chapter at a time. In this story, Alice doesn't fall down a rabbit hole, but instead steps through a mirror into a Looking Glass World. Here many things are…
 
I've seen and heard dozens of narrations of Lewis Carroll's Alice and Wonderland, but at present none of the sequel, Through the Looking Glass. So I decided to remedy this and read the tale one chapter at a time. In this story, Alice doesn't fall down a rabbit hole, but instead steps through a mirror into a Looking Glass World. Here many things are…
 
I've seen and heard dozens of narrations of Lewis Carroll's Alice and Wonderland, but at present none of the sequel, Through the Looking Glass. So I decided to remedy this and read the tale one chapter at a time. In this story, Alice doesn't fall down a rabbit hole, but instead steps through a mirror into a Looking Glass World. Here many things are…
 
I've seen and heard dozens of narrations of Lewis Carroll's Alice and Wonderland, but at present none of the sequel, Through the Looking Glass. So I decided to remedy this and read the tale one chapter at a time. In this story, Alice doesn't fall down a rabbit hole, but instead steps through a mirror into a Looking Glass World. Here many things are…
 
A Japanese mermaid is called a ningyo (人魚) or human fish. Today I'll tell you about their history, the good, the bad, and the delicious! Visit the Uncanny Japan website to read the show notes and transcript. Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other show is The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out her books including The Carp-Faced Boy on A…
 
I've seen and heard dozens of narrations of Lewis Carroll's Alice and Wonderland, but at present none of the sequel, Through the Looking Glass. So I decided to remedy this and read the tale one chapter at a time. In this story, Alice doesn't fall down a rabbit hole, but instead steps through a mirror into a Looking Glass World. Here many things are…
 
It's Obon and today I want to read to you an essay by Lafcadio Hearn. He wrote it about the town he would stay at during summers, the town I've lived in for 25 plus years. Here he talks not just about the lantern floating ceremony, but also the ocean and ghost and gods and how we humans fit into it all. Visit the Uncanny Japan website to read the s…
 
How do you build a bridge that stands up to storms and floods? Well, you have to appease the nature gods, of course. But how do you do that? Human sacrifice seemed to have worked in the past. Today I'll talk about hitobashira or human pillars. An ancient tradition of insuring strong river banks, fireproof castles, and tunnels that won't collapse. V…
 
The Tofu Kozo is a seemingly innocent little yokai who appears on rainy days offering a plate of tofu to unsuspecting people. What could possibly go wrong? Visit the Uncanny Japan website to read the show notes and transcript. Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other show is The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out her books including The …
 
Let's say you have a plague of insects, like millions of cicada awakening after a years-long slumber. Or worse, bugs that would rather devour your crops. And let's say this is happening 200 years ago so you don't have your pesticides or DDT to wipe them out. What do you do? Why you have an absolutely delightful festival, with dances, and Buddhist o…
 
We're being visited by UAPs, Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon. Or you might be more familiar with their older name: UFOs. There is a lot of interesting news coming out these days. You've probably seen it. Well, guess what, they've been coming for quite awhile and I have proof. Today let's talk about the utsuro-bune (虚舟) or utsuro-fune, the legend of …
 
Today I'll read to you, "The Bamboo Cutter and the Moon Princess" called Kaguya Hime in Japanese. It's an old tale that some believe talks about otherworldly visitors. Was the Moon Princess an extraterrestrial being? Visit the Uncanny Japan website to read the show notes and transcript. Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other show is The…
 
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