120 episodes

Speculative fiction writer, long-term resident of Japan and Bram Stoker Award finalist Thersa Matsuura explores all that is weird from old Japan—strange superstitions, folktales, cultural oddities, and interesting language quirks. These are little treasures she digs up while doing research for her writing.

Uncanny Japan - Japanese Folklore, Folktales, Myths and Language Uncanny Productions

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 290 Ratings

Speculative fiction writer, long-term resident of Japan and Bram Stoker Award finalist Thersa Matsuura explores all that is weird from old Japan—strange superstitions, folktales, cultural oddities, and interesting language quirks. These are little treasures she digs up while doing research for her writing.

    Ushi Oni: The Bloodthirsty Cow Demon

    Ushi Oni: The Bloodthirsty Cow Demon

    The Ushi Oni is a Japanese legend of an ox-headed demon/ogre. It has different appearances but is often depicted as a giant spider with ox head, soft body and red horns. They are commonly found near water bodies like oceans, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and in forests & caves. They are stealthy creatures, with long tongues and claws, and are most dangerous around water.
    Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other shows are Uncanny Robot Podcast and The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out her books including The Carp-Faced Boy on Amazon. If you'd like to help support the podcast and have a bedtime story read to you monthly, please visit Patreon.
    Please join our community forum! https://japanforum.uncanny.productions/
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura
    Website: https://www.uncannyjapan.com/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@UncannyJapan
    Mastodon: https://famichiki.jp/@UncannyJapan
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyJapan
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uncannyjapan/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncannyjapan/
    Buy Me a Coffee (one-time contribution): https://buymeacoffee.com/uncannyjapan
    Credits Intro music by Julyan Ray Matsuura

    • 19 min
    Shichifukujin: Your Personal Lucky God

    Shichifukujin: Your Personal Lucky God

    Which of the Seven Lucky Gods is your patron deity and what does it mean?
    Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other shows are Uncanny Robot Podcast and The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out her books including The Carp-Faced Boy on Amazon. If you'd like to help support the podcast and have a bedtime story read to you monthly, please visit Patreon.
    Please join our community forum! https://japanforum.uncanny.productions/
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura
    Website: https://www.uncannyjapan.com/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@UncannyJapan
    Mastodon: https://famichiki.jp/@UncannyJapan
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyJapan
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uncannyjapan/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncannyjapan/
    Buy Me a Coffee (one-time contribution): https://buymeacoffee.com/uncannyjapan
    Credits Intro and Outro music by Julyan Ray Matsuura

    • 18 min
    Six New Year's No-Nos

    Six New Year's No-Nos

    In old Japan there were six rules, six things you weren't allowed to do on the first three days of the New Year. How do you score on the Six No Nos List?
    Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other shows are Uncanny Robot Podcast and The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out her books including The Carp-Faced Boy on Amazon. If you'd like to help support the podcast and have a bedtime story read to you monthly, please visit Patreon.
    Please join our community forum! https://japanforum.uncanny.productions/
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura
    Website: https://www.uncannyjapan.com/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@UncannyJapan
    Mastodon: https://famichiki.jp/@UncannyJapan
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyJapan
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uncannyjapan/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncannyjapan/
    Buy Me a Coffee (one-time contribution): https://buymeacoffee.com/uncannyjapan
    Credits Intro and Outro music by Julyan Ray Matsuura
    Koiwazurai by PeriTune

    • 16 min
    Temple Statues: Why All the Red Bibs?

    Temple Statues: Why All the Red Bibs?

    While strolling through the grounds of a Japanese temple or shrine you have no doubt seen the endearing sight of a statues decked out in red bibs. But why?
    Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other shows are Uncanny Robot Podcast and The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out her books including The Carp-Faced Boy on Amazon. If you'd like to help support the podcast and have a bedtime story read to you monthly, please visit Patreon.
    Please join our community forum! https://japanforum.uncanny.productions/
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura
    Website: https://www.uncannyjapan.com/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@UncannyJapan
    Mastodon: https://famichiki.jp/@UncannyJapan
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyJapan
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uncannyjapan/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncannyjapan/
    Buy Me a Coffee (one-time contribution): https://buymeacoffee.com/uncannyjapan
    Credits Intro and Outro music by Julyan Ray Matsuura
    JapanSoul by Yuki Hirose
    Artist website: https://original-bgm.booth.pm/items

    • 18 min
    Karasu: Japanese Crows, Myths and Superstitions

    Karasu: Japanese Crows, Myths and Superstitions

    The myth and superstition around Japanese crows/karasu is long and fascinating, sometimes quite weird.
    Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other shows are Uncanny Robot Podcast and The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out her books including The Carp-Faced Boy on Amazon. If you'd like to help support the podcast and have a bedtime story read to you monthly, please visit Patreon.
    Please join our community forum! https://japanforum.uncanny.productions/
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura
    Website: https://www.uncannyjapan.com/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@UncannyJapan
    Mastodon: https://famichiki.jp/@UncannyJapan
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyJapan
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uncannyjapan/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncannyjapan/
    Buy Me a Coffee (one-time contribution): https://buymeacoffee.com/uncannyjapan
    Credits Intro and Outro music by Julyan Ray Matsuura
    Sweet Romantic Oriental Piano Song by MusicLFiles
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/7075-sweet-romantic-oriental-piano-song
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Artist website: https://cemmusicproject.wixsite.com/musiclibraryfiles

    • 20 min
    Goshuin: Temple or Shrine Stamps

    Goshuin: Temple or Shrine Stamps

    Goshuin are special stamps you can get when you visit a shrine or temple. In this episode I'll tell you what exactly they are, how to get them, and the manners involved.
    Uncanny Japan is author Thersa Matsuura. Her other shows are Uncanny Robot Podcast and The Soothing Stories Podcast. Check out her books including The Carp-Faced Boy on Amazon. If you'd like to help support the podcast and have a bedtime story read to you monthly, please visit Patreon.
    Please join our community forum! https://japanforum.uncanny.productions/
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura
    Website: https://www.uncannyjapan.com/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@UncannyJapan
    Mastodon: https://famichiki.jp/@UncannyJapan
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyJapan
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uncannyjapan/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncannyjapan/
    Buy Me a Coffee (one-time contribution): https://buymeacoffee.com/uncannyjapan
    Credits Intro and Outro music by Julyan Ray Matsuura

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
290 Ratings

290 Ratings

zestylyfe ,

Warning: rave review ❤️

I absolutely adore this podcast, it’s one of the very few I’ve consistently listened to over the years. I really connect with Thersa’s storytelling style and enjoy being transported listening to her tales. The level of detail and references are appreciated, too. Can hardly wait for the next one

🤓nerdchild🤓 ,

WEEBLES WOBBLE BUT THEY DONT FALL DOWN

In the Daruma episode I loved those toys as a kid Ty for the reference at the end

(P.S. if you could do an episode on Japanese dog or horse lore I’d appreciate it <3)

drlisa65 ,

Your podcast is awesome!!

I’m an expat living and working as a contractor for the AirForce since late 2017. I can’t believe I hadn’t discovered your podcast until this weekend!! Your presentation and content is so wonderful— don’t ever change!! I’ll check out your Patreon page! So glad to meet you!

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