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Amelia Starling is a writer and folklorist. She has a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Winchester, and is Senior Editor for #FolkloreThursday. She loves travelling and collecting stories, and spent 15 months living in Japan doing this alongside teaching English. In September she will begin studying for a masters in Ethnology & Folklore at the University of Aberdeen. Amelia blogs about folklore and fairy tales at The Willow Web. You can follow her on Twitter @amyelize.

Follow the path marked by red torii gates and enter a world outside of the city, a world of meandering

Mie is home to the ama divers, an ancient tradition of women who breath-dive for abalone, and Ise Jingu, the