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Toshiden is a biweekly show in which horror author and translator Tara A. Devlin explores various urban legends from Japan. From Kuchisake-onna's long history to the hidden meaning behind convenience store toilet signs, we explore it all and look at how they came about and why they became a legend in the first place.

Toshiden: Exploring Japanese Urban Legends Tara A. Devlin

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Toshiden is a biweekly show in which horror author and translator Tara A. Devlin explores various urban legends from Japan. From Kuchisake-onna's long history to the hidden meaning behind convenience store toilet signs, we explore it all and look at how they came about and why they became a legend in the first place.

    Aokigahara: The Truth Behind Japan’s Suicide Forest

    Aokigahara: The Truth Behind Japan’s Suicide Forest

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    There are numerous legends about Aokigahara, Japan’s suicide forest. Compasses don’t work. Murderers lurk in the trees. Once you enter you’ll never come out. Discover the truth right here.


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    • 16 min
    The Yokai Kudan

    The Yokai Kudan

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    The myserious kudan, a yokai with the face of a human and the body of a cow, foretells a prophecy on its birth and then dies shortly thereafter. Is there any way to stop the calamity it brings? Find out right here.


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    • 13 min
    Of American Origins

    Of American Origins

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    Sometimes an urban legend is so terrifying it strikes right at the heart of human consciousness, regardless of cultural or historical backgrounds. Here are a few American legends that made their way to Japanese shores, altered slightly to fit Japanese tastes.


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    • 11 min
    The Fan's Present

    The Fan's Present

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    Idols. Beloved by the general public and adored by their fans. But what happens when that love goes too far? How far would some fans go to get even closer to their favourite idols?


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    • 9 min
    Kokkai-gijidomae Station

    Kokkai-gijidomae Station

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    Kokkai-gijidomae Station is just like any other subway station in Tokyo. Or so they want you to believe. Legend has it that it’s actually a bomb shelter, and there are secret tunnels leading all over Tokyo…


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    • 10 min
    Watching Woman

    Watching Woman

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    She’s getting closer. Chasing you no matter where you go. Just when you think you’ve finally reached safety, and all is well, you look up, and… The Watching Woman is always waiting. There is no escape.


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    • 8 min

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