Oni
The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode explores words and phrases inspired by Oni: demons, ogres and evil spirits that are a fixture of Japanese folklore. From his home in Kyoto Prefecture, poet and literary translator Peter MacMillan guides us through these words and the culture behind them.
"Oni ni kanabo" (a metal club for an Oni): something strong has been reinforced
"Oni no inuma ni sentaku" (do the laundry while the Oni is away): to relax while someone you feel uneasy around is gone
"Amanojaku": a person who acts contrary
"Onigokko": tag