This series is a collection of stories set in medieval Japan, in the Nara (AD 710 to 794) and Heian (AD 794 to 1185) eras. I wrote the stories as “historical fantasy,” with influences from Japanese mythology and folklore, and combined them with my love for BL and Yaoi. That means the Takamagahara Monogatari series depicts love stories between two men. However, none of these love stories are written as “romance,” so beware.
Shinigami is the second in the series. It is set almost three hundred years before the events in Kogitsune—the first story—published in October 2018.
Kogitsune is about a young fox god (called a kitsune in Japanese mythology) and his childhood friend, and it’s a retelling of Kokaji, a famous Noh play. I strongly recommend you read Kogitsune first. The little kitsune’s story may take place in the future but it will not spoil Shinigami. If you decide to read Shinigami first, it will contain spoilers for Kogitsune.
There are more stories to write. You will find the WIP drafts in the subscriber-only space of this site.
Shinigami inspiration: Research Materials
Whenever I read a story that draws inspiration from mythology and folklore, I get all excited about reading the books the authors used for research.
Shinigami inspiration: Layered Storytelling
In this post I would like to talk about the inspiration that came from an anime called Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. This anime taught me about storytelling, but most importantly, taught me about layered storytelling and “the story withing a story”. It helped me understand how to shape a story around secrets that unravel slowly…
Shinigami inspiration: The Fujiwara Clan
Why was Shinigami built around the history of the Fujiwara clan? It all started with a ghost.
Glossary Agekubi [a-ge-ku-bi]: Nara and Heian era robes for males, high-necked, with a circular neckline and tailored sleeves Amaterasu [a-ma-te-ra-su]: Goddess of the sun Ame no Ohabari [a-me-no-o-ha-ba-ri ]: The sword used by Izanagi to kill his offspring Kagutsuchi. The literal translation in English is ‘sword of Takamagahara with blades on both sides of the…