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Today’s podcast is a retelling of a Japanese folk tale from our anthology collection Grandmothers’ Stories. In “The Old Woman Who was Not Afraid,” an old woman’s dinner is stolen by a mischievous creature called an oni. When the woman goes chasing after the oni and confronts his leader, she is forced to make dumplings for the entire clan. Tune in to see if the old woman finds a way to escape the oni, and read on for a chance to win!

In this story, the old woman is renowned far and wide for her delicious dumplings. What is your signature dish? Leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Grandmothers’ Stories. The contest closes Tuesday, May 29 at midnight EST and Wednesday, May 30 at 5am GMT.

Here are some fun facts about oni:

  • Oni are creatures from Japanese folk lore, variously translated in the West as demons, trolls and ogres.
  • In Japanese art, oni are typically depicted wearing tiger-skin loincloths and carrying iron clubs.
  • Oni are believed to be hideous, gigantic creatures with sharp claws, wild hair and two horns growing from their heads.
  • Holly and statues of monkeys supposedly ward off oni.
  • During the Japanese festival Sestubun, people throw soybeans outside their homes and shout “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!” (Oni go out! Blessings come in!”)

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