Another Chilling Children’s Song – Tōryanse (Ep. 104)

Uncanny Japan - Japanese Folklore, Folktales, Myths and Language

17-07-2022 • 18 mins

Do you remember when I talked about Kagome Kagome back in episode 53? A Japanese children's song that had curiously unnerving lyrics about a bird in a cage ("Oh when will it be let out?") And then the lines: "Tsuru to Kame ga subetta -- the crane and the turtle slipped"; and "Ushiro no shoumen dare? -- Who's behind me?")

Guess what? That's not the only goosebump-raising children's song in Japan. There's another. Well, at least one more.

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