October Mythology Special: Kuchisake-Onna, or What Happens When Ghost Stories Get Too Real

You’re walking down a dark street at night. Mist is starting to cover the ground making the road ahead of you hard to see. Suddenly you see the shadow of a woman step out of the mist and walk towards you. She looks like a fairly normal Japanese woman and is wearing a surgical mask … More October Mythology Special: Kuchisake-Onna, or What Happens When Ghost Stories Get Too Real

October Mythology Special: Gashadokuro, the Hungriest of Ghosts

Japan is known for its hungry ghosts, yurei who come back to haunt those who have wronged them or come back to fulfill some unfulfilled purpose before they can move on. In the last post, we had the Manekute no Yurie or the beckoning hand that appears sticking out of empty rooms, and will only … More October Mythology Special: Gashadokuro, the Hungriest of Ghosts

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (10/22 -10/28)

Welcome back to another “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. I’m almost to the end of this year’s first October Mythology Special, with only two or three posts left. Be sure to check out my older posts and let … More Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (10/22 -10/28)

October Mythology Special: The Disembodied Hands of Legend

I’m sure you’ve noticed just how much I’ve been talking about XXXHolic, and it’s not just because it’s that time of year when I want to read slightly spooky or mystical stories. The content of XXXHolic hits on a lot of humanity’s biggest fears and insecurities, including the ones from legends and folklore. In chapter … More October Mythology Special: The Disembodied Hands of Legend

October Mythology Special: Jorogumo/Tsuchigumo and Indigenous History

Japan Powered recounts one story about a curious thing that happened to a logger out in the forest: “One day a logger was going about his work. Since logging is an exhausting business, seeing as how this was Edo period Japan and the chainsaw hadn’t been invented yet, the man decides to take a short … More October Mythology Special: Jorogumo/Tsuchigumo and Indigenous History

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (10/15 – 10/21)

Welcome back to another installment of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. The last week or so has been tough for me and I think I might be getting sick, so I’m sorry if I missed a few key … More Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (10/15 – 10/21)

October Mythology Special: Raiju/Raijin and the Superstitions around Belly Buttons

Never clip your nails at night. Make sure to hide your thumbs when a funeral procession goes by. Don’t whistle at night or you’ll invite a snake into your home. These are just a few of many superstitions that can be found in Japanese culture used to scare children into good behavior. Another common one … More October Mythology Special: Raiju/Raijin and the Superstitions around Belly Buttons