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August 14, 2017

Okuribi: Sending Away Fires (Obon Part Two) (Ep. 9)

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This month’s podcast is Obon Part Two, the time when you have to send ol’ grandma and grandpa back to the World of the Dead. There are various ways of doing this. I talk about two, the chill, mellow way and okuribi, the flinging-balls-of-fire-into-the-air way.

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Above and below are photos of my local okuribi – sending away fires.

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The intro/outro music of Uncanny Japan is a piece by Christiaan Virant (“Yi Gui” from Ting Shuo).  The whole album is just gorgeous as it everything else by FM3.

6 comments on “Okuribi: Sending Away Fires (Obon Part Two) (Ep. 9)”

  1. Hello Thersa,

    Read about your work on boing.
    Would like to help you out with the podcast production.
    Thanks and keep up the good work.


    1. Varun, Thank you so much for listening and I agree on the production (>_<). I believe I have someone board now to help me out. But I'll keep you in mind if I need your skills. Thanks again!

  2. I really enjoy this podcast! I think my introduction to yokai and similar was through a movie called Yokai Wars and much later, through Michael Dylan Foster’s book *Pandemonium And Parade.* I just bought one of your books tonight and have to tell you, please maintain the bin-aural recording. I listened to all of your podcasts today and the frog season was IN MY HEAD! The motorcycle passing freaked me out because it sounded like it was there with me. I look forward to reading your books and hearing more podcasts.

    1. I remember Yokai Wars and I also have Pandemonium and Parade, love both. Thank you so much for listening. Aren’t frogs lovely? My “other” favorite season is coming up soon. CRICKET season! I just adore the whirrs and chirrs of night insects. Oh, oh! And thank you for buying one of the books, too. That means a lot to me. ^^d

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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.

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