Episode Seven: Princess Mononoke: Nature, Shintoism, and Connections to Japanese Folklore

Produced by: Tristan Wilson, Abigail Stewart, Lakken Miller, Phoenix, and Julia Matthews

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Group Mononoke has created a podcast that focuses on the film Princess Mononoke and its connection to nature, Shintoism, and Japanese folklore and mythological creatures. This podcast begins with a brief synopsis of the film and information about the Muromachi period of Japan (the time period that the film is set in). The podcast concludes by discussing the director’s interpretation of Shinto.

Group Contributions:

  • Abigail Stewart: research on nature/Shintoism, Princess Mononoke
  • Lakken Miller: research on Shintoism, Princess Mononoke
  • Phoenix: research on Muromachi period of Japan, Princess Mononoke
  • Tristan Wilson: research on mythological creatures, Princess Mononoke
  • Julia Matthews: research on Shintoism, editor of audio


Works Cited:

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Grilli, Peter & Westphal, David, directors. Shinto: Nature, Gods, and Man in Japan. Japan Society, 1977.

Michael, Dylan. The Book of Yokai. University of California Press, 1994.

Morton, W. Scott. Japan: Its History and Culture. McGraw-Hill, 1994.

Muromachi Period: 1392-1573. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 2002. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/muro/hd_muro.htm. Accessed 12 January 2017.

Tyler, Royall. Japanese Tales. New York: Random House, Inc., 1987.

Walker, Brett L. The Lost Wolves of Japan. University of Washington Press, 2009.

Zuo, Qiuming. The Chronicle of Zuo (Chunqiu Zuo Zhuan). JiaHu Books, 2013.

“30 Years of Ghibli: Princess Mononoke.” Entropy Magazine, http://entropymag.org/30-years-of-ghibli-princess-mononoke/