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Each week on “Kowabana: ‘True’ Japanese scary stories from around the internet,” horror author and translator Tara A. Devlin presents a selection of Japanese horror, creepypastas and urban legends translated from the deepest, darkest parts of the web. Creepy ghosts and vengeful onryo, cursed technology and haunted shrines. Discover horror like only Japan knows how to deliver. Brand new and exclusive stories translated each week. Find out more at http://www.kowabana.net/

Kowabana: 'True' Japanese scary stories from around the internet Tara A. Devlin

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Each week on “Kowabana: ‘True’ Japanese scary stories from around the internet,” horror author and translator Tara A. Devlin presents a selection of Japanese horror, creepypastas and urban legends translated from the deepest, darkest parts of the web. Creepy ghosts and vengeful onryo, cursed technology and haunted shrines. Discover horror like only Japan knows how to deliver. Brand new and exclusive stories translated each week. Find out more at http://www.kowabana.net/

    Forbidden Japanese Games That Shouldn’t Be Played

    Forbidden Japanese Games That Shouldn’t Be Played

    Episode Notes

    Kaihan: Bizarre Crimes That Shook Japan out now!
    Visit BetterHelp.com/Kowabana for 10% off your first month!


    Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show!
    Get exclusive Japanese horror merchandise and join the Discord!


    Not all games should be played. Sometimes they invite something that shouldn’t be, and sometimes they end in ways that can’t be imagined. These eight tales explore what can happen when fun, friendly games go wrong.


    BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG.
    Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX.
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


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    • 48 min
    Brushes With the Afterlife

    Brushes With the Afterlife

    Episode Notes

    Kaihan: Bizarre Crimes That Shook Japan out now!
    Visit BetterHelp.com/Kowabana for 10% off your first month!


    Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show!
    Get exclusive Japanese horror merchandise and join the Discord!


    What happens after you die? What if your spirit is unable to move on? What if a spirit doesn’t want to move on? These seven tales from Japan will make you think, make you question, and make you look over your shoulder in fear…


    BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG.
    Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX.
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


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    • 47 min
    What Happened in the Countryside in the Past

    What Happened in the Countryside in the Past

    Episode Notes

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    Get exclusive Japanese horror merchandise and join the Discord!


    Tiny villages dot Japan and many of them hide secrets from outsiders. Sometimes, for good reason. When the villagers tell you not to go into the woods, they mean it…


    BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG.
    Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX.
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


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    • 45 min
    New Year’s Horror in Japan

    New Year’s Horror in Japan

    Episode Notes

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    New Year’s is one of the most important holidays in the Japanese calendar. People return home, visit temples, and spent time with family. But it’s also a time for the supernatural to come and play…


    BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG.
    Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX.
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


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    • 44 min
    Christmas Horror in Japan

    Christmas Horror in Japan

    Episode Notes

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    Christmas in Japan is traditionally spent with a partner and not family, but it still follows many of the same traditions we have in the West. But even in Japan, you can’t always trust Santa…


    BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG.
    Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX.
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


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    • 51 min
    The True Horrors of Japanese Winter

    The True Horrors of Japanese Winter

    Episode Notes

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    In the West, autumn is our traditional horror season. In Japan, it’s summer. But that doesn’t mean that winter isn’t without its terrors. Discover what true horrors lurk in the cold…


    BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG.
    Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX.
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


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    • 46 min

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