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After a festive Christmas celebration and an optimistic look to the new year, an anime that uses Japan’s traditional way of storytelling makes us feel like it’s Halloween all over again. Yamishibai (闇芝居): Japanese Ghost Stories returns for its fourth season this January 2017. Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, also known...

Every country and culture have their own superstitions that they learn from birth or from growing up and are part of their identity. For example, in the UK, our superstitions include not stepping on the cracks and not walking under ladders or you'll get bad luck. Japan has their...

Recently I was covering a unit in my English Listening class and the subject that was used to teach the lesson was about mythological creatures. It referred to various creatures such as the Lochness Monster, Sasquatch, and Banshee. These are some of the more well-known mythological creatures, but as...

While blood-drinking bats have been incorporated in the tales of Transylvania's Dracula, in Japan there are also some real animals that have become the central part of their mythology. Baku and Tapirs hyakumonogatari.com/ The history of baku originates from China as a creature with the trunk of an elephant, the...

Heaven and Hell are common in any religion. Japan has many religions and the Japanese concept of hell is quite interesting. There are two major religions in Japan which are: Shinto and Buddhism. There are minor religions as well, such as the Ainu religion followed by the indigenous Ainu...

There are three most sacred places in Japan: Mount Osore (Osorezan), Koyasan and Hieizan. Among the three, Osorezan, translated to "Fear Mountain," is considered as the "gateway to hell." ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/ The place has a peculiar and strange feeling making tourists uneasy and wanting to leave the place as soon as...

There are all sorts of monsters and ghosts mentioned in Japanese mythical stories which have always intrigued millions of people. They're the Oni (鬼), which literally means demons, though it is more suitable to describe it as a demon; and also the Tengu (天狗), legendary creatures with the head...

Every country has at least one National Holiday commemorating the day the country was founded or the day the country became glorified etc. Japan has been sovereign and isolated throughout its history. It is believed that the foundation of Japan has taken place some two thousand years ago by...

Introduction Off the shores of Kyushu (the third largest island of Japan) there are a number of volcanic islands flowing south-west towards Taiwan. These are named the Ryukyu Islands, also known as the Nansei Islands. In the centre of this volcanic island chain is where Okinawa, the biggest of the...

Every culture has a rich tapestry of folk tales and mythology, and Japan is no exception. You may be familiar with Yokai from scary stories or films, but there are some characters in the folk law that are a bit cuter, although they still might be naughty! Three animals...

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