Yokai Podcast 4: Kuchisake Onna – A Monster Guys Podcast Presentation
Show Notes & Summary:
The Monster Guys present: The Yokai Podcast!
Each week, we will bring you a story about a specific yokai, followed by a brief discussion about the monster and the category of yokai it belongs to. We’ll bring interesting insights, historical information, and short illustrative stories – sometimes whimsical, sometimes serious, often scary or disturbing, but always mystical – about the wonderful world of Yokai.
“Do you think I’m pretty?”
Be careful how you answer. If it’s the Kuchisake Onna asking you, either a “yes” answer or a “no” answer could get you into a lot of trouble … the kind of trouble you don’t come back from.
The Kuchisake Onna is a sad story in the roll call of Japanese folklore, and one that has continued into urban legend today.
Listen in on the tragedy that is a short story* titled, “The Beauty of Vengeance” written by C. Michael McGannon and narrated by D.C. McGannon. The Monster Guys will share some insights into this legend following the original tale.
As much as we are granted permission, we will share the artwork of Matthew Meyer, yokai and Japanese culture author and illustrator, in reference to the yokai on the show. Matthew’s information is below. Please visit him and fall in love with the modern art and retelling of Japan’s mysterious yokai, through the eyes of someone who has devoted his career to researching and documenting them.
Learn even more about the Kuchisake Onna at: http://yokai.com/kuchisakeonna/
Discover the world of Matthew Meyer:
His books: “The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons: A Field Guide to Japanese Yokai” & “The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits: An Encyclopedia of Mononoke and Magic (Yokai)”
Best-selling authors and hosts of The Monster Guys Podcast, Yokai Podcast, and Faerie Tales Podcast – share their love for Japanese Folklore through this original collection of stories and art. With a deep respect to the classics, while honoring modern storytellers and artists, D.C. & Michael are delighted to ring the whimsical and moving tradition of Japanese Folklore to life. Please visit them at TheMonsterGuys.com.
You may also like our follow up episode about the Kuchisake Onna. An original story and further discussion:
Yokai Podcast 12: “Candy-Coated Ghost Stories” (Kuchisake Onna) – A Monster Guys Podcast Presentation
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*”The Beauty of Vengeance” is an original short story written by C. Michael McGannon, and narrated by D.C. McGannon. Copyright © 2016 by C. Michael McGannon. All rights reserved. For permission and other information about this and other stories by D.C. McGannon or C. Michael McGannon, contact us here.