Kowabana: ‘True’ Japanese scary stories from around the internet

Kowabana: ‘True’ Japanese scary stories from around the internet is a fortnightly Japanese horror podcast specialising in Japanese creepypastas, urban legends, and other ‘true’ scary stories. All stories are translated and narrated by me, Tara A. Devlin. You can follow my YouTube channel to automatically get episodes in your subscriptions each week and to watch the episodes in full motion glory, or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

It would also greatly help myself and the podcast out if you could leave a review on iTunes, so if you could take just a moment to leave a few comments I’d greatly appreciate it! When you click “View in iTunes” it will take you to the podcast homepage where you can leave a review. It will help the show to grow so I can continue to provide you with better and more quality content!


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You can also listen to the episodes directly below!

Listen to older episodes at the podcast archive!


Creepy and intense. Fantastic. ★★★★★
Learned about this thanks to it being mentioned in the latest episode of Astonishing Legends when they talked about Yokai. Beautifully creepy and well read with great atmospheric music / sounds accompanying the various stories. A great for the fall halloween season and all year round really. Especially if your into folktales or Japanese culture . Folklore in general.

My new favorite podcast ★★★★★
Love the voice, the delivery, the Japanese scary stories! You’ve replaced “Real Ghost Stories”!

Couldn’t ask for more! ★★★★★
The best scary story podcast out there! Right to the point with moody music to give you the creeps. Not a little scary like HP Lovecraft or Edgar Allan Poe but not over the top with real life horror true crime stuff either. Just real internet stories from Japan told in a moody manner.

Great podcast ★★★★★
This is the only podcast of it’s kind that I have found. I love Japanese horror and this podcast delivers. Of course not every story is real scary, but a good deal of them are. The others that aren’t are still entertaining. Tara does a wonderful job telling the stories and a brilliant job using sound effects and music for atmosphere. I’ve been binge listening for the last few weeks. I’m going to have to buy the books now to satisfy my horror fix now while waiting for more episodes. Tara, thank you for making this great podcast. Keep up the wonderful work. Also, I love the culture bits noted to some of the stories. It definitely adds to them. Please keep making more episodes.

Addicting podcast ★★★★★
I never write reviews but I had to for this podcast. I am addicted and hooked! It is so interesting to learn and connect the dots with my family’s folklores to the ones floating around in public. The stories are eerie and resonates with you for the rest of your day! It is definitely my favorite podcast and looking forward to listening to more!

It’s About Time – Thank You! ★★★★★
I’ve been praying there’d be a podcast like this one for a long time- and it’s even BETTER than I hoped it’d be. With so much subject matter out there in the Asian forums, this show could one day become a juggernaut of World Urban Legends.

I’ve been waiting for this! ★★★★★
I’ve been looking for a podcast about Japanese urban legends for years and finally my wish has come true. The production is excellent and there have already been so many stories I haven’t heard, and that haven’t been translated into English before. Keep up the great work, I’m really looking forward to more!

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Toshiden: Exploring Japanese Urban Legends


Toshiden is a fortnightly show looking at the truth behind various Japanese urban legends. Horror author and translator Tara A. Devlin takes you down the rabbit hole to find out whether these legends have any truth to them, how they came about, and why they exist.


Listen to it on: iTunes | SpotifyTuneIn | Acast | Stitcher


You can also listen to the episodes directly below!

Listen to older episodes at the podcast archive!



If you have any comments, suggestions or requests for stories you’d like to see on the show, you can leave a comment directly on any of the YouTube videos or you can leave them below!

9 thoughts on “Podcast

  • When do you make new ones

    • New episodes come out fortnightly 🙂

    • The podcast features ‘true’ scary stories written anonymously by Japanese people. I find them and translate them and narrate them for the podcast 🙂

  • Thank you very much for your podcast! I am so fascinated that someone shares Japanese horror. I’ve been a fan of all kinds of horror and Japan has been my number one since middle school years. Please share lots more of horrors about haunted homes, haunted schools, and etc! Listening to your podcast is like watching Dark Tales of Japan all over again. Not only that, they also remind me of Yami Shibai. You’re such a great storyteller. The moment I found your podcast I shared you to a few of my friends and now they’re sharing it around to their friends around. You inspire me lots. Thank you very much again! I look forward to new episodes!

    • Thank you! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the show 🙂 And I absolutely adore Yami Shibai, so I’ll happily take that compliment, haha. Thank you!

  • I Love J-Horror movies. Hope I will find these creepypastas entertaining too.

  • TARA!!! You are amazing! You’re contents are addictive, I seem to can’t find any podcasts like how yours amazes me. Thank you!


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