Category Archives: Japanese

Who You Gonna Quell?

Zhong Kui, known as the Demon Queller, is a popular figure in Chinese folklore, and a very popular subject in art. Indeed, when I searched for information on him, most of the links were to paintings, and many others to … Continue reading

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Robot Mastery

Mega Man Robot Master Field Guide, by David and Nadia Oxford – The Mega Man series is pretty difficult (I could never get much of anywhere in any of them, although I watched my brother win the first seven), but … Continue reading

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Son of a Peach!

I was watching a video about the possible mythological origins of Princess Peach in the Mario series, and it mentioned the story of Momotaro. I don’t think I’d ever heard of it before, although it had elements that appeared in … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Feed the Ghosts

Hungry ghosts are a Buddhist concept, but they’ve spread into other East Asian religious traditions as well. The Sanskrit term for this kind of spirit is preta, which basically means “departed.” The Chinese name for them, èguǐ, means “hungry ghost,” … Continue reading

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Two Strings Attached

Kubo and the Two Strings – WARNING! SPOILERS! I thought this film looked interesting, but I didn’t get around to watching it until I’d heard some good things about it, and borrowed the DVD from Netflix. I think it was … Continue reading

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Hair Club for Warriors

I recently heard about both Bayonetta and Shantae being video game characters who fight with their hair. I don’t know much about these games, but from some brief research I found that Bayonetta doesn’t directly use it as a weapon … Continue reading

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Polytheistic Politics

Notice how pretty much every presidential candidate says they were called by God to run? When I mentioned this, Amy correctly pointed out that he didn’t necessarily want all of them to WIN, but they all seem to think he … Continue reading

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