Welcome back to The Write Nook and HRM’s place to splurge on random information!
With a new year comes new formats and new topics. As always, we’re excited to share our list of recent publications (in the audio department) and talk about whatever aspiring writers and published authors are dying to know. Or we’re ready to sit down with a cup of coffee and talk writing. Whatever the case may be, we’re excited to share this new year with you!
Even though we’ll be diving into new things, don’t think we’re going to abandon our weekly mythology lesson. This week is our last week in Japan (metaphorically…not physically!) So, keep reading if you’re interested in spirits who like to drink!
Shōjō | Japan
“Red-faced sea spirit with a fondness for alcohol.”
- Shōjō is also used to refer to someone who likes alcohol.
- There is a Noh mask for the shōjō. Noh is a well-known form of classical Japanese musical drama. The performers use masks, costumes, and props to tell the story at hand through dance.
- A shōjō is also a term for an orangutan!
- There are legends surrounding the shōjō drinking the beer brewed in breweries. Watch your beer, friends!
- They’re described to look like apes (hairy, too!) And with bright red hair and blushing faces. They wear clothes made from seaweed – and no surprise, you’ll usually find them by coasts, islands, and shallow waters.
As a big fan of random stuff, I thought this little snippet was good to the last drop! I’m also reminded of China’s term (jiǔ guì) which, sadly, is not nearly as fun as the Japanese version. Haha