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June 18, 2017

Senninbari: The Thousand-Stitch Belt (Ep. 7)

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The senninbari or one thousand-stitch belt is a magical kind of sash worn my soldiers in World War II to ward off enemies bullets and impart super human strength.



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

4 comments on “Senninbari: The Thousand-Stitch Belt (Ep. 7)”

  1. Thanks for that great explaination of senninbaris. I recently found a few in the US and looked them up on the internet. You’re podcast was more informative and entertaining than anything else I’ve read. You’re a great storyteller.

    Thanks again

    1. Thank you so much for the comment, Rusty. I would love to see those senninbaris you found. I remember hearing about WW2 items you could find in pawn shops: katana, letters, tanto knives. I never considered someone bringing a senninbari back. That’s intense.

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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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