Toshiden: Exploring Japanese Urban Legends

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Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! Be careful what you wish for. It’s said that words have power. What if urban legends have that same power? What if you created an urban legend, only t
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! A girl trapped in a school basement over the holidays. The janitor returns to find her corpse and nail marks on the back of the door from her attempts
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! He’s smaller than the length of a ruler and likes to hang around hidden from plain site. Who is the Tiny Old Man and where does he come from? BGM than
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! Legend has it that an interesting secret lies in wait at Tsukuba University. In Japan’s final hour the very campus itself will transform into a giant
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! In a famous commercial for a consumer credit company, women dance around in skimpy clothing. Were they forced into it because they were in debt themse
Episode Notes Join our Patreon for early access and bonus episodes and help support the show! A popular children’s song with a dark, hidden history. What’s the truth behind this game children still play today, and is it really as horrifying as
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 gran
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
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,
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 o
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
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 die
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. H
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
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 she
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
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 com
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 t
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? The
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 y
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.
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 Kakurenb
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
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 spec
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
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