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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 Japan—strange superstitions, folklore and folktales, cultural oddities, and interesting language quirks. These are little treasures she digs up while doing research for her writing.
 
This show was created to introduce the listener to folktales, myths and legends. The story will be told and the lessons will be extracted and discussed. A poetic license has been taken with each story and some will be told in an adult fashion (for those I will post adult content),so be ready to be shocked, and entertained. We are in a new time and although the wisdom is good I have adjusted some of the stories to fit the time. Here is a link to a worksheet to help you define the tales for yo ...
 
Fireside Folktales is a collaborative show that takes myths and legends from around the world and breathes life back into them, transforming them into single-season audio fiction performances. Each story is created by a different writer. Do you have a story that you want to tell? Get in touch with us! We’re looking for stories from all over the world, especially myths from regions such as Africa, South Asia, Scandinavia, Russia, South America, and more! Fireside Folktales is here to help you ...
 
Stories are a big part of the African culture and growing up in the city of Port-Harcourt, these stories shaped my childhood. Times are different now and these bedtime stories which were passed down through generations are not as popular with children as they once were. This podcast aims to bring these stories to the new generation of African children and introduce everyone else to these wonderful stories from the motherland. The lessons and values learnt from these will never be forgotten. ...
 
African Folktales is a collective of diverse story traditions originating in Africa, originally passed down through generations by word of mouth. These traditional tales, told with a new twist, are not only entertaining but serve to teach a lesson as well. Sometimes of a moral value and other times of survival.
 
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For today's episode, we take a trip back to South Sudan. In this story, the cunning and greedy hare tries to fool his family in order to keep all the food to himself. This story teaches us that you cannot fool people all the time and the truth will one day catch up with you. "Everyday for the thief, one day for the owner" - Nigerian Adage I hope yo…
 
In Japan the Shichifukujin or Seven Lucky Gods appear in a boat on the first day of the year to impart various kinds of luck on those they deem worthy. Transcript Below. You can also find me on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyJapan Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uncannyjapan/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura Instagram: https…
 
For today's episode, we will be visiting the Igbo people of Nigeria. This story shows how one good turn can lead to another. We also get to see how clever the Rabbit is. I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. Sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Some places to read this story: African Folk Tales - Hugh Vernon-Jackson If there ar…
 
For today's episode, we will be visiting the Maasai people in Kenya. This story explores the concepts of greed, betrayal and of course the cunning nature of the Hare. I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. Sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Some places to read this story: http://www.johntyman.com/africa/folk/#3 If there are an…
 
Today's episode is our first from the Northern parts of Africa. It takes us to Marrakech, Morocco. I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. So sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Places to read this story: The Last Storytellers: Tales from the heart of Morocco - Richard Hamilton If there are any stories you would like to hear, pl…
 
For today's episode, we are back with the Ashanti tribe in Ghana. This story highlights the importance of being true and trustworthy. We are once again shown Anansi's terrible qualities such as lying and jealousy. I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. So sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Places to read this story: King Chame…
 
The year 2021 is the Year of the Ox according to the animal zodiac. But what does that mean? On today's show I'll talk a little about the character of people born in this year, what to expect in 2021, and why the ox -- who should have been the first animal in the zodiac lineup -- got beaten by a rat. I also have a super special announcement. You ca…
 
Toshikoshi soba is the Japanese tradition of eating soba noodles on New Year's Eve. It's a custom that has continued since the 1700s. There are quite a few reasons why, some have to do with long life, wealth, and breaking off all the hardships from the previous year. On this episode of Uncanny Japan I'll talk about the history, the different names …
 
Today's episode takes us to East Africa as we explore this Kenyan tale on the origin of Zebras. I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. Sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Some places to read this story: http://www.johntyman.com/africa/folk/#8 If there are any stories you would like to hear, please send an email to storiesmother…
 
Today's episode takes us back to South Africa. In this story, we follow Lion on his experience of the Strength of Man. I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. Sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Some places to read this story: http://mythfolklore.blogspot.com/2014/06/south-africa-lion-jackal-and-man.html If there are any stories…
 
Today's episode takes us back to the Ashanti people of Ghana. In this story, we see how the cunning Anansi is taught a lesson by his son, Kweku Tsin who decides to get even after Anansi tricks him. I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. Sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Some places to read this story: http://mythfolklore.blog…
 
The baku (獏) is a Japanese mythical creature that, when invited, slips into your room at night to gobble up your nightmares. Below is an example of the Takarabune (宝船) image with the old character for baku (獏) on the sail. Tuck this under your pillow on New Year's Eve for some extra lucky dreams. You can also find me on: Twitter: https://twitter.co…
 
Today's story is a bit different. We look into the legend of one of the most popular women in Nigeria, Queen Moremi Ajasoro. This story shows how she saved the people of Ile Ife through bravery, wisdom and sacrifice. Queen Moremi continues to be immortalised till this day I hope you enjoy this piece of our history. Sit back and Relax, let me take y…
 
Today's story takes us to South Sudan for the first time! In this story we explore the concept of reaping what you sow and why it is important to be good. I hope you enjoy this story, so Sit back and Relax, let me take you back to Africa. Can be found at: http://www.southsudanesefolktales.org/?project=you-reap-what-you-sow…
 
"The Dream of Akinosuke" is Lafcadio Hearn's translation of a sweet Japanese (originally Chinese) folktale. In it you'll learn how insects can manipulate a person's soul. You can also find me on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyJapan Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uncannyjapan/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura Instagram: http…
 
Let's visit some local haunted areas or shinrei supotto in Japanese. The Suicide Forest, a very haunted tunnel, and a Severed Head Grave are all in today's show. You can also find me on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncannyJapan Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uncannyjapan/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thersamatsuura Instagram: https://www.i…
 
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