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Monstrous Wives, Murderous Lovers & Dead Wet Girls: Discussing Onryo w. Jennfer Yoo | Japan Station 82

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On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we’re talking about the Japanese vengeful spirits known as onryō with Jennifer Yoo.

About Jennifer Yoo

Jennifer M. Yoo is a doctoral candidate in Japanese Theatre at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Topics Discussed

  • On working as a food tour guide in Kyoto
  • What tsunokakushi is and the origins of this custom
  • About the term oni (demon) and its historical origins
  • About Ushi no Koku Mairi and the link between oni and kimon
  • What onryō (vengeful spirits/wrathful spirits) are
  • Differences between male and female onryō
  • How male onryō are often historically/politically important figures
  • The difference between yūrei and onryō
  • About Sugawara no Michizane (Tenjin)
  • Depictions of onryō in Japanese theater
  • About modern onryō in Japanese horror films
  • The impact of the original Ringu film
  • The motivations of classic female onryō
  • The lack of motive in modern female onryō depicted in Japanese horror films
  • About Sadako from Ringu
  • The prevalence of the Sadako style ghost in films
  • About the term “dead wet girls”
  • The role of water in Shinto and Buddhism, beliefs about death and onryō
  • The long hair of onryō and its historical roots in kabuki theater
  • About deadly hair in Japanese horror films
  • About the 2007 Japanese horror film Exte (Ekusute)
  • And much more!

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Links, Videos, Etc.

Here is the video of the presentation Jennifer Yoo gave for the University of Hawaii.

For even more ghost-related content, check out episode 50 of Japan Station.

To learn even more about Ushino Koku Mairi (the curse of the hour of the ox), check out the Ichimon Japan episode below.

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Don’t forget to listen to the latest episode of Ichimon Japan.

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Special Thanks

Opening/Closing song: Oedo Controller (大江戸コントローラー) by Yunomi featuring Toriena (Used with permission from Yunomi) To listen to more of Yunomi’s music, check out his Soundcloud page or YouTube channel.

Japan Station cover art: Provided by Erik R.

Featured image: Courtesy of Jennifer Yoo

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