43 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 Myths, Folktales, Superstitions, History and Language Thersa Matsuura

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.9, 110 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.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

ChrisCosz ,

Fine Folklore and Frights

I came upon “Uncanny Japan” while in a nostalgic mood for my college days studying abroad in that country, and am so glad that I did! The myths, legends and cultural anecdotes covered by this podcast are deeply fascinating, well researched and marvelously presented by an author whose knowledge and personal interest in the subject matter are clearly evident. Her calm speaking voice and use of atmospheric background audio are also enjoyable and notable among other podcasts I've listened and subscribed to. I would heartily recommend “Uncanny Japan” to anyone with an interest in fine folklore and frights.

NatissaK ,

So lucky to have found this podcast!

I love your style of storytelling and describing the visual elements of the stories you’ve shared. Happy to subscribe 🌸🤗

Phrank9014 ,

Best Folklore Podcast

This podcast is a must-listen for anyone interested in Japanese history, culture, or folklore in general. The host takes time to craft each episode and it shows. She regularly features background noises (cicadas, night winds, running water) that create a unique atmosphere for each topic. It feels like you’re right there with her: on an empty street, or in the woods at night, or next to an old shrine. The episodes range from creepy to funny, include topics from hundreds of years ago to the present day, and never fail to satisfy. This is easily my favorite podcast to listen to in the autumn, but it’s also great year-round. Give it a listen! You won’t be disappointed.

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