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Toshiden: Exploring Japanese Urban Legends

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Toshiden is a biweekly show in which horror author and translator Tara A. Devlin explores various urban legends from Japan. From Kuchisake-onna's long history to the hidden meaning behind convenience store toilet signs, we explore it all and look at how they came about and why they became a legend in the first place.

Toshiden is a biweekly show in which horror author and translator Tara A. Devlin explores various urban legends from Japan. From Kuchisake-onna's long history to the hidden meaning behind convenience store toilet signs, we explore it all and look at how they came about and why they became a legend in the first place.

Location:

Netherlands

Description:

Toshiden is a biweekly show in which horror author and translator Tara A. Devlin explores various urban legends from Japan. From Kuchisake-onna's long history to the hidden meaning behind convenience store toilet signs, we explore it all and look at how they came about and why they became a legend in the first place.

Twitter:

@taraadevlin

Language:

English


Episodes

3 O’clock & Purple Grannies

4/16/2021
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! One strikes at 3 o’clock. The other wears all purple. They both strike school toilets. What should you do if you run into one of these terrifying grannies? BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Support Toshiden: Exploring Japanese Urban Legends by donating to their Tip Jar:...

Duration:00:14:02

Fukuchiyama Derailment Mystery

4/2/2021
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! On April 25, 2005, a train derailed on the Fukuchiyama Line. Numerous human errors were found to be at fault, but a legend soon sprang up that perhaps there may have been some ghostly fault as well… BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Support Toshiden: Exploring Japanese Urban...

Duration:00:12:08

Bizarre Website

3/19/2021
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! There a certain website on the internet that you shouldn’t visit. If you do manage to find it, it will show you all sorts of dark and twisted images, but be careful. You might not be as alone as you think… BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Support Toshiden: Exploring Japanese...

Duration:00:09:58

The Weeping Tree

3/5/2021
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! There’s a tree in Hokkaido that’s said to cry whenever anyone attempts to cut it down. It’s haunted by the spirits of those who died on its branches or near its roots, and if you believe the rumours, it wants revenge. BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Support Toshiden:...

Duration:00:11:32

Aokigahara: The Truth Behind Japan’s Suicide Forest

10/4/2019
Episode Notes Aokigahara on sale now! Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show, or join the Discord and chat with other Japanese horror fans! There are numerous legends about Aokigahara, Japan’s suicide forest. Compasses don’t work. Murderers lurk in the trees. Once you enter you’ll never come out. Discover the truth right here. BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative...

Duration:00:16:14

The Yokai Kudan

9/20/2019
Episode Notes Aokigahara on sale now! Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! The myserious kudan, a yokai with the face of a human and the body of a cow, foretells a prophecy on its birth and then dies shortly thereafter. Is there any way to stop the calamity it brings? Find out right here. BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0...

Duration:00:13:03

Of American Origins

9/6/2019
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! Sometimes an urban legend is so terrifying it strikes right at the heart of human consciousness, regardless of cultural or historical backgrounds. Here are a few American legends that made their way to Japanese shores, altered slightly to fit Japanese tastes. BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By...

Duration:00:11:12

The Fan's Present

8/23/2019
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! Idols. Beloved by the general public and adored by their fans. But what happens when that love goes too far? How far would some fans go to get even closer to their favourite idols? BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Support Toshiden: Exploring Japanese Urban Legends by donating...

Duration:00:09:22

Kokkai-gijidomae Station

8/9/2019
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! Kokkai-gijidomae Station is just like any other subway station in Tokyo. Or so they want you to believe. Legend has it that it’s actually a bomb shelter, and there are secret tunnels leading all over Tokyo… BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Support Toshiden: Exploring Japanese...

Duration:00:10:09

Watching Woman

7/26/2019
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! She’s getting closer. Chasing you no matter where you go. Just when you think you’ve finally reached safety, and all is well, you look up, and… The Watching Woman is always waiting. There is no escape. BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Support Toshiden: Exploring Japanese...

Duration:00:08:59

Headless Rider

7/12/2019
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! He rides around the city and the mountains looking for his missing head, but who exactly is the Headless Rider? What terrible tragedy led to his compulsion to keep searching the roads, looking for more heads to take? BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Support Toshiden:...

Duration:00:09:44

Human-faced Dog (Jinmen Ken)

6/28/2019
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! You’re taking out the trash when you notice a dog rummaging through it. You tell it to shoo, but when it turns around… it has a human face. Say hi to Jinmen Ken, or the Human-faced Dog. BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Support Toshiden: Exploring Japanese Urban Legends by...

Duration:00:13:04

Severed Head on Live Broadcast

6/14/2019
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! Did you know that in the early 80s there was a broadcasting accident so terrible that the show involved was cancelled and never spoken of again? They say it aired a live severed head on air… but what really happened? BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Support Toshiden:...

Duration:00:11:27

Turbo Granny, the speedy old woman

5/31/2019
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! You’re driving in the mountains late one night. You’re all alone in the darkness. It’s nice and peaceful, but then suddenly a face appears outside your window. It’s a grinning old lady, and you realise she’s running alongside your speeding car… BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0...

Duration:00:11:15

Sukima-onna, the Gap Woman

5/17/2019
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! Sukima-onna, aka the Gap Woman. Once she infests your house, there's no getting rid of her. She'll watch you from every nook and cranny, literally. Who is she, and where did she come from? Find out right here. BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:00:12:18

Hitori Kakurenbo

11/30/2018
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! Have you ever played hide and seek by yourself? If you're brave enough, there are a set of rules you can follow to play the dreaded "Hitori Kakurenbo." But be careful, you never know what you might invite in to chase you... BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:00:19:12

Hanako-san of the toilet

11/16/2018
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! Knock three times on the third toilet stall from the end to summon her. But who is Hanako-san, one of the most popular and enduring Japanese horror icons of all time, and how did she come to be? BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and CO.AG. Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Duration:00:22:39

Dastardly dreams that will kill you

11/2/2018
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! We’ve all heard of Freddy on Elm Street, but did you know that there’s a village where, if you trip over, you’ll die? Can you remember the very specific and complex way of escaping the old lady who will kill you in your dreams? Arm yourself with knowledge right now. BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and [CO.AG] (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcavSftXHgxLBWwLDm_bNvA/). Sound effects thanks to...

Duration:00:12:41

Curse of the Red Room

10/19/2018
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! Ever visited a website with pop up ads so obnoxious you had to leave? What if you couldn’t? We often joke that ads will be the death of us, but what if that were true? What if there was no way to escape The Red Room? BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and [CO.AG] (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcavSftXHgxLBWwLDm_bNvA/). Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under Creative...

Duration:00:12:36

The lost and lawless Inunaki Village

10/5/2018
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! Deep in the mountains of Fukuoka Prefecture there exists a village where the laws of modern-day man have no effect. A village that kills upon sight. A village lost in time. Find out the truth about the fabled Inunaki Village. BGM thanks to Myuuji, Kevin MacLeod and [CO.AG] (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcavSftXHgxLBWwLDm_bNvA/). Sound effects thanks to Free Sound and freeSFX. Licensed under...

Duration:00:18:15