Character Name Pronunciation
Click the links to hear how to pronounce the major characters' names!
Japan Reference Materials
Recommended resources for those wishing to learn more about the culture and mythology represented in A Mortal Song, many of which I turned to in my own research.
Shinto Section at the Sacred Texts Archive - Core Shinto scripture as well as various other texts in English translation
Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America - A branch of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Suzuka, Japan, with English language information about Shinto practice and mythology
Japan Guide question forum - Where many expats living in Japan and Japanese locals are happy to answer questions about just about any Japan-related topics
Shinto the Kami Way by Dr. Sokyo Ono and William Woodward
Japanese Fairy Tales compiled by Yei Theodora Ozaki
Japanese Tales translated by Royall Tyler
Yokai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide by Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt
Recommended Japanese Media
Megan's favorite novels, movies, and anime by Japanese creators, many of which informed A Mortal Song. There are tons of other great ones—these are just my top picks!
Novels and Manga
Out by Natsuo Kirino
The Devil's Whisper by Miyuki Miyabe
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
Death Note series by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi
The Friends by Kazumi Yumoto
Want more recommendations or have a question? Email me!