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Thersa Matsuura
Uncanny Japan
Myths, Folktales, Superstitions, History and Language
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.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.9 stars from 238 ratings
Amazing Podcast!
This is truly one of my favorites. Thersa Matsuura has such a nice voice. I love how we get to hear the background sounds of Japan for the ambience of urban legends, or religious thought, or sometimes just creepy stuff. I learn something new every listen right before bed!
BabrahamLincoln1203 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/26/20
I love this podcast. The ambient sounds on every episode, the ominous music of the intro. Being fascinated with Japan and its culture most of my life, I found this podcast refreshing and right a long the lines of what I was looking for. Ms. Matsuura really helps engage the listener where you are...Read full review »
Strickizzay via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/20/20
Best podcast for Japanese horror and folk tales! :D
Lenu_Writes_Reviews via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 05/14/20
Recent Episodes
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Published 06/30/20
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Published 06/18/20
In Japan "Kagome Kagome" is an old children's game and the song that goes along with it. It's interesting because the mysterious lyrics have several different interpretations and most of them are pretty grim.
Published 05/29/20
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