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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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 102 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
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

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.

JeterFan2 ,

Awesome Japanese Podcast

My cousin told me about this podcast, and I’m so thankful she did. I love learning this unique information about Japan. Being Japanese myself, I feel a comfort hearing these old wives tales. Making a trip to Japan is on my bucket list, so the episodes where Teri talks about the customs and her experiences in Japan are very helpful. For those who aren’t Japanese, you will find these stories really cool. Some of these stories have a dark side but those are the BEST ones. If you have interest in Japanese scary stories subscribe to this podcast, you won’t regret it.

Someone out there as well ,

Japanese Folklore

I love how Theresa goes through different beliefs and/or folklores. Each episode is entertaining, short, concise, and well researched.

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