North of Caithness, on the islands of Orkney, the ocean is a magical place. The seals are its people. Those angels, who fell from heaven and landed amongst the waves.
It is said that dogs are our best friends, and if this story is to be believed then that is certainly true. In the city of Ise, on the south east coast of Japan in Mie Prefecture, you will find many shops selling little charms in the shape of dogs. You will also see people walking their... Continue Reading →
Most people know that rice is a prevalent food in Japan. But apart from being a source of nutrition, rice also has cultural and folkloric significance attached to it. New Year Mochi Much of Japan's folklore is based on the concept of animism, due to the ancient Shinto belief that every object has a spirit. This... Continue Reading →
I feel a close affinity with deer. They can be timid creatures, and this lends them an almost mythical reputation in some places. The elusive deer, somewhere in the woods, quiet and unseen. Maybe watching you. No harm in that. Just watching, and then slipping away. Yet underneath that timidness they hold wisdom, and strength. They... Continue Reading →
Maybe you've heard of Hello Kitty, and how she's actually a British schoolgirl (if not then read that article & prepare to gawp with incredulity for at least 10 minutes). But what about Sanrio's other characters? There are many of them, each with their own stories. In the case of My Melody, her origins are entwined with... Continue Reading →
Most of us can probably remember being told as a child 'don't do that or the [insert monster here] will get you!' Growing up in Norfolk, for me that monster was Black Shuck. Norfolk is a place of marshes, big skies, and lonely beaches. Shells of broken windmills stand in the perpetual wind from the North Sea, which... Continue Reading →
There always seems to be a nucleus of well-known fairy tales, which many people don't know there is a whole world beyond. The help rectify this, idea of this blog tour is to share some obscure fairy tales! The tour so far: Adam with 'The White Cat' at Fairy Tale Fandom Kristin with 'The True History... Continue Reading →