[00:57] Some centuries ago there lived at Akamagaseki a blind man named Hoichi, who was famed for his skill in recitation and in playing upon the biwa. This one is wonderful! I could have ordered a servant to accompany you. That is so cool. But gradually the sounds of lamentation died away; and again, in the great stillness that followed, Hoichi heard the voice of the woman whom he supposed to be the Rojo. Hoichi the Earless: from 'Kwaidan' Ghost Story. He would go on to gain great fame and wealth playing his biwa, and would be known as Mimi-nashi Hoichi- Hoichi the Earless. The story of his strange adventure spread far and wide, and soon made him famous. The Great Battle 2. [00:29] Hey, hey everyone. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqAtoUS51HDi2d96_aLv95w, Story Time: Cicada by Lafcadio Hearn (Ep. He felt it to be unnatural, and suspected something wrong. “Hoichi!” the deep voice called. From either side of his head, the blind man felt a thick warm trickling; but he dared not lift his hands.. [21:02] Before sunrise the priest came back. Celebrating Japanese horror! — that won’t do!… Must see where the fellow is.”…. By this time you must be aware that you have not been visiting any house whatever, but have been passing your nights in the cemetery, among the tombs of the Heike; — and it was before the memorial-tomb of Antoku Tenno that our people to-night found you, sitting in the rain. Sure that he had been bewitched, they now seized him, and pulled him up on his feet, and by main force hurried him back to the temple,–where he was immediately relieved of his wet clothes, by order of the priest. Thank you Thersa for doing these, I really enjoy them! Visitation of the Warrior 3. Afterwards, being much impressed by the wonderful skill of the lad, the priest proposed that Hoichi should make the temple his home; and this offer was gratefully accepted. By this time you must be aware that you have not been visiting any house whatever, but have been passing your nights in the cemetery, among the tombs of the Heike;–and it was before the memorial-tomb of Antoku Tenno that our people to-night found you, sitting in the rain. The monks take care of Hoichi, who is blind. A classic collection of four Japanese Horror stories. The Downpour 7. [13:03] On the very next night, Hoichi was seen to leave the temple; and the servants immediately lighted their lanterns, and followed after him. It is required that you shall speak to no one of your visits here, during the time of our lord’s august sojourn at Akamagaseki. The longest of the four stories is Hoichi the Earless – and Earless isn’t a typo with a missing F. Hoichi is a gifted young biwa player who specialises in singing songs of ancient battles. Hoichi was given a room in the temple-building; and, in return for food and lodging, he was required only to gratify the priest with a musical performance on certain evenings, when otherwise disengaged. For hours he stayed thus. During the day Hoichi was able to take some rest; and he said nothing about his strange adventure. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058279/. By once obeying them, you have put yourself in their power. This story comes from “Kwaidan”, a classic collection of Japanese ghost stories written by Lafcadio Hearn in 1904. Julyan Ray Matsuura. Why did you go without telling us? After dark the priest and the acolyte went away; and Hoichi seated himself on the verandah, according to the instructions given him. [12:37] The priest was surprised, rather than pained. The priest of the Amidaji was fond of poetry and music; and he often invited Hoichi to the temple, to play and recite. And behind him, and about him, and everywhere above the tombs, the fires of the dead were burning, like candles. How unfortunate that you did not tell me all this before! Jul 5, 2014 - The legend of Hoichi the Earless (as recounted in Lafcardio Hearne's "Kwaidan") end with a grisly escape for the blind Biwa player The Ghosts Call for Hoichi 6. Uncanny Japan almost always leaves me wanting at least a few minutes more! A cemetery also was made close by, near the beach; and within it were set up monuments inscribed with the names of the drowned emperor and of his great vassals; and Buddhist services were regularly performed there, on behalf of the spirits of them. [18:57] “Hoichi!” the deep voice called. "Thersa's voice is so calming and pleasant, combined with incredibly interesting stories, told with excitement you can feel. This story comes from “Kwaidan”, a classic collection of Japanese ghost stories written by Lafcadio Hearn in 1904. Thersa's soothing voice and background noise makes you feel like you're in the countryside of Japan hearing these stories yourself. It's just truly my favorite podcast to listen to. He laid his biwa on the planking beside him, and, assuming the attitude of meditation, remained quite still,–taking care not to cough, or to breathe audibly. [01:40] At the outset of his career, Hoichi was very poor; but he found a good friend to help him. 38), Story Time – Sand Walls, Paper Doors (Ep. For much time the sobbing and the wailing continued. Never before had so great a host of Oni-bi appeared in the sight of mortal man…, “Hoichi San!–Hoichi San!” the servants cried,–“you are bewitched!… Hoichi San!”, But the blind man did not seem to hear. Some centuries ago there lived at Akamagaseki a blind man named Hoichi, who was famed for his skill in recitation and in playing upon the biwa [A Japanese lute] From childhood he had been trained to recite and to play; and while yet a lad he had surpassed his teachers. Enregistrée par Summer Fox. The first part is an elaborate staging of the finale of the ‘ ... Kwaidan concludes with ‘In a Cup of Tea’, the shortest and weakest section of the film. I _think_ I heard a Thai version of this by (you guessed it) a Thai Monk. I am going to listen to her today (literally in two hours! Hoichi loses his ears by meddling with ancient spirits and becomes known by the name Mimi-Nashi-Hoichi. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The music bed for today’s Story Time by my musician son, who also does the intro/outro music. ", Heavenly Dogs and Brilliant Swordsmen (The Tengu) (Ep. There Hoichi waited for the priest’s return, and tried to relieve his solitude by practicing upon his biwa. It was a hot night; and the blind man sought to cool himself on the verandah before his sleeping-room. — Hoichi San! A story that has been made into a movie, appears on stage, shows up in manga, music, and is told on stages even today. He did not ask any more questions; but he privately instructed the men-servants of the temple to keep watch upon Hoichi’s movements, and to follow him in case that he should again leave the temple after dark. Now I want to watch the movie again. But gradually the sounds of lamentation died away; and again, in the great stillness that followed, Hoichi heard the voice of the woman whom he supposed to be the Rojo. Except for some ghostly fires–such as usually flitted there on dark nights–all was blackness in that direction. How unfortunate that you did not tell me all this before! The bizarre supernatural tale of Hoichi the Earless (from Kwaidan) is given a surreal spin in a new interpretation by three innovative artists from Japan. “Kaimon!” the samurai called,– and there was a sound of unbarring; and the twain passed on. ( Log Out /  I found it searching for images of Masaki Kobayashi’s film version in his “Kwaidan.” I’m sure listeners who may be unfamiliar with it would be interested and it’s important to give credit for the images used here. Our lord has been pleased to say that he intends to bestow upon you a fitting reward. 34). These are little treasures I dig up while doing research for my writing, and I want to share them with you here on Uncanny Japan. One of my favorite Japanese folktales is called Hoichi the Earless. [09:52] “Although we had been assured that you were a very skillful player upon the biwa, and without an equal in recitative, we did not know that any one could be so skillful as you have proved yourself to-night. I absolutely ADORE the beautiful soundscapes in the background and Thersa has a very calming and captivating voice. On dark nights thousands of ghostly fires hover about the beach, or flit above the waves,–pale lights which the fishermen call Oni-bi, or demon-fires; and, whenever the winds are up, a sound of great shouting comes from that sea, like a clamor of battle. 31), ©2021 All Rights Reserved. Little time was allowed him for conjecture. With the wonderful background sounds of her surroundings, it covers some dark content while keeping a calm feel to it. Kwaidan’s third story is its longest and its best-known. At last he heard steps approaching from the back gate. At last, as they were returning to the temple by way of the shore, they were startled by the sound of a biwa, furiously played, in the cemetery of the Amidaji. Many noble persons went to Akamagaseki to hear him recite; and large presents of money were given to him,– so that he became a wealthy man… But from the time of this adventure, he was known only by the appellation of Mimi-nashi-Hoichi: “Hoichi-the-Earless.” The end. Definitely recommend giving this podcast a listen if you love Japanese folktales. But the blind man held his breath, and sat motionless. Kwaidan subtitles. And that sea and shore have been haunted for … I had to attend to some private business; and I could not arrange the matter at any other hour.”. I'm so glad I found her podcast! As he is traveling incognito, he commands that no mention of these things be made… You are now free to go back to your temple.”. The verandah overlooked a small garden in the rear of the Amidaji. But the blind man held his breath, and sat motionless. But the men at once hastened to the cemetery; and there, by the help of their lanterns, they discovered Hoichi,– sitting alone in the rain before the memorial tomb of Antoku Tenno, making his biwa resound, and loudly chanting the chant of the battle of Dan-no-ura. 584 members in the J_Horror community. Presently the samurai halted; and Hoichi became aware that they had arrived at a large gateway;–and he wondered, for he could not remember any large gate in that part of the town, except the main gate of the Amidaji. In the middle of the following night the samurai again came for him, and led him to the august assembly, where he gave another recitation with the same success that had attended his previous performance. There was a noise of heavy feet mounting upon the verandah. Let me spell that for you. 32), Hidden by the Gods (kamikakushi) (Ep. “My poor Hoichi!” cried the startled priest,–“what is this?… You have been hurt? If you obey them again, after what has already occurred, they will tear you in pieces. 50), Story Time: “The Dream of Akinosuke” by Lafcadio Hearn (Ep. If you obey them again, after what has already occurred, they will tear you in pieces. Evidently he had walked very fast,–a strange thing, considering his blindness; for the road was in a bad condition. Whereat, in spite of the weirdness of the thing, the servants could not help laughing. But they would have destroyed you, sooner or later, in any event… Now I shall not be able to remain with you to-night: I am called away to perform another service. [07:08] Hoichi was told to put himself at ease, and he found a kneeling-cushion ready for him. Hoichi remained stock still and silent even as the ears were ripped from his head and stayed unmovable as a statue until the break of dawn. Then, for long minutes,– during which Hoichi felt his whole body shake to the beating of his heart,– there was dead silence. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. In the middle of the following night the samurai again came for him, and led him to the august assembly, where he gave another recitation with the same success that had attended his previous performance. If you do exactly as I tell you, the danger will pass, and you will have nothing more to fear.”. The men hurried through the streets, making inquiries at every house which Hoichi was accustomed to visit; but nobody could give them any news of him. Afterwards, being much impressed by the wonderful skill of the lad, the priest proposed that Hoichi should make the temple his home; and this offer was gratefully accepted. [18:31] After dark the priest and the acolyte went away; and Hoichi seated himself on the verandah, according to the instructions given him. One of the clans was wiped out, including the infant emperor. Do not get frightened; and do not think of calling for help–because no help could save you. Hoichi the Earless: A Classic Japanese Ghost Story. At last, as they were returning to the temple by way of the shore, they were startled by the sound of a biwa, furiously played, in the cemetery of the Amidaji. [16:11] “Hoichi, my poor friend, you are now in great danger! And that sea and shore have been haunted for seven hundred years… Elsewhere I told you about the strange crabs found there, called Heike crabs, which have human faces on their backs, and are said to be the spirits of the Heike warriors. Image source:https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/78/1f/a3/781fa3dbee8f842c0f01e53694075c14.jpg. This is one of my favorite tales ever! That would also be an enthralling rendition, I’m sure! By doing this you help like minded people find Uncanny Japan. Hoichi long hesitated to speak. Features "Black Hair", "The Woman in the Snow", "Hoichi the Earless" and "In a Cup of Tea". Midnight passed; and the priest did not appear. — Hoichi San!” the servants cried,– “you are bewitched!.. And where have you been?”, “Pardon me kind friend! According to legend, Hoichi was a blind minstrel (or biwa hoshi) with amazing gifts for the biwa (a loquat-shaped Japanese lute). They passed the gate, crossed the garden, approached the verandah, stopped–directly in front of him. But, whatever may happen, do not answer, and do not move. This is Terrie on Uncanny Japan. Say nothing and sit still–as if meditating. Kwaidan was filmed almost entirely on massive sets constructed in a converted airplane hangar – as no Japanese studio was big enough to satisfy Kobayashi’s vision for his work. [21:27] “My poor Hoichi!” cried the startled priest,– “what is this?… You have been hurt?…. Can’t get enough of this one!”, "I just discovered this podcast. As a matter of fact, I have tickets to go see a performance of Mimi-Nashi Hoichi in May. [04:32] In those times, the order of a samurai was not to be lightly disobeyed. He did not ask any more questions; but he privately instructed the men-servants of the temple to keep watch upon Hoichi’s movements, and to follow him in case that he should again leave the temple after dark. Kwaidan (DVD) : Consists of four stories of the supernatural based on Japanese folk material. And to left and right of him, in the pauses of his playing, he could hear voices murmuring praise: “How marvelous an artist!” — “Never in our own province was playing heard like this!” — “Not in all the empire is there another singer like Hoichi!” Then fresh courage came to him, and he played and sang yet better than before; and a hush of wonder deepened about him. The story cuts between a publisher in 1900 coming across an old tale that finishes without and ending. — the danger is now well over. Your email address will not be published. [15:51] Hoichi long hesitated to speak. But he perceived Hoichi sitting there, in the attitude of meditation–with the blood still oozing from his wounds. [08:11] Then Hoichi lifted up his voice, and chanted the chant of the fight on the bitter sea,– wonderfully making his biwa to sound like the straining of oars and the rushing of ships, the whirr and the hissing of arrows, the shouting and trampling of men, the crashing of steel upon helmets, the plunging of slain in the flood. After he had been helped to mount several stone steps, upon the last of which he was told to leave his sandals, a woman’s hand guided him along interminable reaches of polished planking, and round pillared angles too many to remember, and over widths amazing of matted floor,–into the middle of some vast apartment. Hey, do you like scary stories? Histoires De Fantômes Films À Regarder Sacs New Look Liste De Films Bons Films D'horreur. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. I think it's really wonderful. In former years the Heike were much more restless than they now are. From either side of his head, the blind man felt a thick warm trickling; but he dared not lift his hands…. And behind him, and about him, and everywhere above the tombs, the fires of the dead were burning, like candles. He feared that the blind lad had been bewitched or deluded by some evil spirits. Toho's Cannes Film Festival Prize Winner. All you need to do is search for Theresa Matsuura. But, before I go, it will be necessary to protect your body by writing holy texts upon it.”, [17:24] Before sundown the priest and his acolyte stripped Hoichi: then, with their writing-brushes, they traced upon his breast and back, head and face and neck, limbs and hands and feet,– even upon the soles of his feet, and upon all parts of his body,– the text of the holy sutra called Hannya-Shin-Kyo. All that you have been imagining was illusion–except the calling of the dead. – – I cannot know who calls!”, [03:46] “There is nothing to fear,” the stranger exclaimed, speaking more gently. Hoichi was told to put himself at ease, and he found a kneeling-cushion ready for him. But during this second visit his absence from the temple was accidentally discovered; and after his return in the morning he was summoned to the presence of the priest, who said to him, in a tone of kindly reproach:–, [12:09] “We have been very anxious about you, friend Hoichi. "Kwaidan (怪談 Kaidan?, literally "ghost stories") is a 1964 Japanese anthology horror film directed by Masaki Kobayashi. Kwaidan subtitles English. But he desires that you shall perform before him once every night for the next six nights–after which time he will probably make his august return-journey. I wish I understood Thai. 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