Spooky beasts keep haunting Japan's art

Jul 19, 2016

Spooky beasts keep haunting Japan's art

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Seething masses of people crushed together in searing heat; empty-eyed wraiths, heads drooping in despair, shuffling to and fro — waiting for the time when they will be released their suffering. Tokyo can be hell in July and August. It isn't all bad though; ...

Once Upon a Time in Japan

/ Feb 6, 2016

Once Upon a Time in Japan

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"Once Upon a Time in Japan" is an ideal introduction to Japanese folktales. Published by Tuttle with NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation, the stories in this children's storybook were chosen from a popular series produced by Radio Japan, NHK World's radio service broadcast globally in ...

On the hunt for Tono's mythical water trolls

Dec 6, 2014

On the hunt for Tono's mythical water trolls

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Sushi fans will probably know that cucumber rolls are known as kappamaki in Japanese. This is in honor of what is surely one of Japan's strangest mythical creatures — the kappa. Although reptilian in appearance with webbed hands and feet, and shells on their backs, ...

Spooky tales from beyond the grave

/ Oct 25, 2014

Spooky tales from beyond the grave

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Ghost stories are universal, but Japanese ghost stories, argues Zack Davisson in "Yurei: The Japanese Ghost," are unique. So much so that Davisson, a translator and essayist who is something of a specialist in the supernatural, uses yūrei, the Japanese word for spook, throughout ...