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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast

Follow your hosts on a trek into Japanese history, from ancient Japan to the end of the Samurai and all points in between - culture, warfare, literature, and interviews. The Official Podcast of the Samurai Archives Japanese History page.

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EP106 Sex, Seduction, and Status - Women in Classical and Feudal Japan P1

In part one of our look at women in feudal Japan, Nate and Travis look at the tales of seduction of Genji and his ilk during the Hiean period, and discuss how issues of inheritance, property rights and politics changed for women during the medieval age.  Mentioned in this podcast: Tonomura, Hitomi. Black Hair and Red Trousers: Gendering the Flesh in Medieval Japan The American Historical Review Vol. 99, No. 1 (Feb., 1994), pp. 129-154 http://www.jstor.org/stable/2166165 Morris, Ivan. The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan Kodansha USA (June 15, 1994) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1568360290 Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com

39mins

21 Mar 2015

Rank #1

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EP149 Weird Weapons of the Samurai - Guest Host Jaredd Wilson

This episode guest host Jaredd Wilson, the host of the "Martial Thoughts Podcast" introduces you to the Weird Weapons of the Samurai. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks, Marty Brennan

25mins

31 Dec 2018

Rank #2

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EP97 Samurai, Bushido, and Death - BONUS EPISODE 6 - P1

Welcome to our sixth bonus episode, which we'll be splitting into two parts. In part one, Chris and Forest look at the self-serving nature of Bushido and the spectre of death that stalked the Samurai on the battlefield.  It is often claimed that not only did Samurai not fear death, they embraced it, if not actively sought it out on the battlefield, and that Samurai acheived this Zen state both by the nature of being a Samurai, and by incorporating the ideology of Bushido into their Samurai souls.  If you take a step back and actually look at that with a critical eye, it quickly becomes clear that this is patently ridiculous.  Obviously Samurai lords had to rely on their Samurai, and their position and success depended upon convincing men to march out and potentially die on the business end of a sharp spear, so they'd use whatever ploy they could come up with, be it "Bushido" or anything else to accomplish this. So, with this in mind, what was was actually going on?  What the heck was everyone thinking? Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com

47mins

5 Nov 2014

Rank #3

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EP145 The Top Ten Samurai Films of All Time P2

We're back with part two of our picks for the top 10 Samurai films of all time, finishing up with our top five, as well as the listener top five. If you're inclined to pick up some of these movies on amazon.com, please use our link, and help out the podcast: https://amzn.to/2w8d8dp Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks, Marty Brennan

1hr 25mins

27 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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EP79 Nobunaga's Ambition - BONUS EPISODE 2

Welcome to the second bonus episode from the history podcast that never was, Chris and Forest talk Japanese history (often while drinking beer).  Because the original concept was to create a seperate podcast, it should be stated that opinions expressed are their own, and do not reflect the views of anyone not present for this podcast. And with that - Regardless of whether you think of Oda Nobunaga as a hero or villain, it can't be disputed that he was a brutal tyrant responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of men, women, and children on his quest to unify Japan under his control.  Was Nobunaga simply a product of his era, or was there something more to the man who built a path towards national unification with the gilded skulls of his enemies?  We look at the life of Oda Nobunaga, and try to shed some light on his outlook and ambitions. Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com

1hr 14mins

21 Dec 2013

Rank #5

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EP87 Bad Decisions of the Sengoku Daimyo - BONUS EPISODE 5 - P1

Welcome to our next bonus episode.  Some Daimyo were skilled strategists, others lucky, staying ahead of the game with wits and cunning.  However, the battlefields of the Sengoku period are littered with the bones of men who were not so lucky.  Many Sengoku Daimyo were done in by dumb decisions, others made decisions that seemed reasonable at the time but would lead to disastrous results.  From Imagawa Yoshimoto's decision to invade Owari province, to Asai Nagamasa deciding to turn on Oda Nobunaga, we look at some decisions that not only shaped the history of the Sengoku period, but may leave you wondering just what the heck they were thinking.  This episode is part one of two. Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Mentioned in this Podcast: Morris, Ivan. The Nobility of Failure: Tragic Heroes in the History of Japan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 1, 1988) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0374521204 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com

1hr 4mins

19 May 2014

Rank #6

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EP78 Everybody Loves Shingen - BONUS EPISODE 1

Hello listeners!  For the next few episodes we'll be airing what was originally meant to be a seperate podcast on the Samurai Archives podcast network.  In these bonus episodes, your hosts will tackle things from their own perspective from outside academia in what is intended to be a comedic and free flow format where they will debate, attack, pontificate, and throw things under the bus in the name of entertainment, intellectual discussion, and philosophizing. Often in these episodes, in the name of debate and spurring discussion, strong, adamant or outright offensive opinions may be expressed, therefore it should be clearly stated up front that everything said in these bonus episodes reflect strictly and only the views of Chris and Forest, and should not be percieved to reflect the views of any other hosts or guests of the podcast.  With that being said, please enjoy our bonus episodes. In this first bonus episode we examine the myths and mystique surrounding Takeda Shingen and the battles of Kawanakajima.  The 4th battle of Kawanakajima is traditionally believed to be a victory for the Takeda clan, but the events that followed all point to a decisive victory by the Uesugi.  As for Takeda Shingen himself, he is considered a hero of the Sengoku, loved by fanboys at home and abroad - but was he really the magnanimous Daimyo he's made out to be, or the 16th century version of a colossal douchebag? Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Mentioned in this Podcast: The 9th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest:  http://www.samurai-archives.com/writcon.html Kagemusha http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/B00005JLEJ Morris, Ivan. The Nobility of Failure: Tragic Heroes in the History of Japan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 1, 1988) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0374521204 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com

56mins

1 Dec 2013

Rank #7

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EP81 Nobunaga's Motley Crew - BONUS EPISODE 3

Welcome to the third bonus episode with your hosts Chris and Forest.  In this bonus episode, your hosts look at Oda Nobunaga's retainer band.  One thing that sets the Sengoku daimyo Oda Nobunaga apart from his contemporaries was his willingness to employ primarily young men of ability who lacked rank or lineage.  The unorthodox composition of Nobunaga's retainer band is perhaps both a reflection of his own unorthodox nature, and a result of a lack of old, traditional retainer families attached to the Oda clan, and a factor in his success. Don't forget, opinions expressed in the bonus episodes do not reflect the views or opinions of anyone not present.  With that, enjoy! Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com

56mins

3 Feb 2014

Rank #8

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EP10 Intro to Japanese History P1 - Prehistory

For part one of our Introduction to Japanese History series, we’ll be starting at the beginning of the earliest history of the Japanese archipelago and the changes that took place in culture and technology from the Paleolithic period to the Jomon period, which takes us from prehistory to approximately 300BC. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: http://japanesearchaeology.com/ Aikens, C. Prehistory of Japan (Studies in Archaeology) Academic Pr, September 1982 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0120452804 Barnes, Gina. The Rise of Civilization in East Asia Thames & Hudson, July 1, 1999 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0500279748 Batten, Bruce. Gateway to Japan: Hakata in War And Peace, 500-1300 Univ of Hawaii Press, March 2006 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824830296 Hudson, Mark. Ruins of Identity: Ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands Univ of Hawaii Press, March 2006 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824821564 Imamura, Keiji. Prehistoric Japan: New Perspectives On Insular East Asia Routledge, October 24, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1857286170 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com

42mins

18 Jul 2011

Rank #9

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EP96 The Dharma Bums - Buddhism and Other Wild Ideas on the Silk Road

In this episode we speak to Jesse Workman, Philosophy and Religious studies PhD candidate, about the interchange of ideas and religions in the ancient world, and how the early religions of Europe affected Asian thought and religion and vice versa by way of the Silk Road.  Also discussed are the insane distances ideas travelled long before international travel was available to most of the human population, the difficulty in tracing the sources and influences on ideas, and intentional and accidental biases that result when translating an idea, document, or religious work from one language into another. Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Recommended Reading: Campbell, Joseph. The Masks of God, Vol. 3: Occidental Mythology Penguin Books (November 1, 1991)  Eliade, Mircea. History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2: From Gautama Buddha to the Triumph of Christianity University of Chicago Press (January 15, 1985) Jonas, Hans. The Gnostic Religion Beacon Press; 3rd edition (January 16, 2001) Lloyd, Arthur. Shinran and His Works Forgotten Books (June 10, 2012) Lloyd, Arthur. The Creed of Half Japan Forgotten Books (May 26, 2012) Whaling, Frank. Theory and Method in Religious Studies http://books.google.com/books?id=YdMhAAAAQBAJ&lpg Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com

1hr 8mins

20 Oct 2014

Rank #10

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EP99 Castle Towns

In this episode we talk about the development of castle towns during the medieval period of Japanese history, the whys and hows, and how the structure of castle towns affected urban planning through to the modern era. Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com

37mins

5 Dec 2014

Rank #11

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EP88 Bad Decisions of the Sengoku Daimyo - BONUS EPISODE 5 - P2

Welcome to part two of our discussion on some of the bad decisions made by the Sengoku Daimyo.  Some Daimyo were skilled strategists, others lucky, staying ahead of the game with wits and cunning.  However, the battlefields of the Sengoku period are littered with the bones of men who were not so lucky.  Many Sengoku Daimyo were done in by dumb decisions, others made decisions that seemed reasonable at the time but would lead to disastrous results.  From Imagawa Yoshimoto's decision to invade Owari province, to Asai Nagamasa deciding to turn on Oda Nobunaga, we look at some decisions that not only shaped the history of the Sengoku period, but may leave you wondering just what the heck they were thinking.  Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com

41mins

5 Jun 2014

Rank #12

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EP103 Samurai of the Soma Noma Oi P1

This episode, we talk to Trevor Absolon about the Soma Noma Oi - a festival in Fukushima, Japan that has a history going back 1,000 years.  Trevor produced a documentary on the festival, and we discuss the events and history of the festival, his personal involvement, and the impact of the 2011 tsunami that devastated the region.  Part one of two. Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com

43mins

8 Feb 2015

Rank #13

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The Revenge of the 47 Ronin - Tales of the Samurai #2

 Everyone knows the tale of the 47 Ronin, right?  A stalwart band of righteous Bushido-inspired Samurai take revenge against a greedy and corrupt government official on behalf of their dead lord.  That's the story.  But what REALLY happened?  What's the real story?   Was Kira Yoshinaka a despicable and corrupt villain, or were the 47 Ronin 47 thugs dispensing street justice on an innocent old man in the 18th century version of a feudal drive-by?   Music: https://www.bensound.com Sources: http://forums.samurai-archives.com/single/?p=10080052&t=10256348 Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis

1hr 1min

31 Dec 2017

Rank #14

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EP93 Martial Arts and Thoughts - An Interview with Jaredd Wilson

In this episode we talk with Jaredd Wilson, Martial Artist and insructor and host of the Martial Thoughts podcast.  We talk to Jaredd about what makes a martial art, the difference between traditional martial arts and "combat sports", the challenges of simulating the stress of a dangerous encounter, "Ki" and other bits of oriental mysticism. We also discuss training in Aikido and Karate, and touch on combat sports such as boxing, MMA, and the UFC. Follow Jaredd on Twitter: @martialthoughts https://twitter.com/martialthoughts The Martial Thoughts podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/martial-thoughts-podcast/id783977606 The Martial Thoughts Blog: http://www.thinkingmartial.blogspot.com/ The Martial Thoughts podcast site: http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/martialthoughts Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Mentioned in this episode: Martial Arts Categories: http://www.thinkingmartial.blogspot.com/2014/05/martial-arts-categories-part-i.html Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com

1hr 9mins

5 Sep 2014

Rank #15

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EP59 Politics of the Edo Period P1

In this episode, resident Edo period expert Travis takes us through an introduction to the politics and governmental systems of the Edo period of Japanese history. This is part 1 of 2. Mentioned in this Podcast:  Seals of Red and Letters of Gold - An Interview With Travis Seifman http://samuraiarchives.podbean.com/2011/04/25/seals-of-red-and-letters-of-gold-an-interview-with-travis-seifman/ EP49 The Sengoku Daimyo Domain as Political State P1 http://samuraiarchives.podbean.com/2012/08/18/ep49-the-sengoku-daimyo-domain-as-political-state-p1/ EP50 The Sengoku Daimyo Domain as Political State P2 http://samuraiarchives.podbean.com/2012/09/03/ep50-the-sengoku-daimyo-domain-as-political-state-p2/ Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com

28mins

23 Jan 2013

Rank #16

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EP53 The Takeda Clan in the 1560s

In this episode, we look at the Takeda clan during the 1560s. After Uesugi Kenshin effectively stopped Takeda Shingen in his tracks at the 4th battle of Kawanakajima in 1561, Shingen was forced to re-evaluate his goals in the region, which led to the 1560’s being a time of great change in the Takeda clan. Mentioned in this podcast: Kagemusha: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/B00005JLEJ Shogun-ki: Why Kawanakajima? http://shogun-yashiki.blogspot.com/2008/09/why-kawanakajima-shingen-and-kenshins.html Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com

38mins

14 Oct 2012

Rank #17

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EP21 Intro to Japanese History P12 - The Early Sengoku Period

After the Onin war in the mid-late 15th century, the centralized power of the Ashikaga Shogunate collapsed, leaving the field open to anyone ambitious and powerful enough to make a grab for power. During the first half of the Sengoku period (approximately 1477-1560) there was massive consolidation as daimyo across Japan solidified their power bases and battled for land and resources. The lack of central government left individual clans to fend for themselves, and in the ensuing chaos many would rise and fall in epic battles that anyone familiar with the pop-culture representations of the Samurai in Movies and Anime would recognize. Mentioned in this podcast: Morillo, Stephen. Guns and Government: A Comparative Study of Europe and Japan Journal of World History, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring, 1995), pp. 75-106 http://www.jstor.org/pss/20078620 Neilson, David Society at War: Eyewitness Accounts of Sixteenth Century Japan PhD Dissertation University of Oregon, 2007 http://gradworks.umi.com/32/85/3285619.html Toby, Ronald. Review: Rescuing the Nation from History: The State of the State in Early Modern Japan Monumenta Nipponica Vol. 56, No. 2 (Summer, 2001), pp. 197-237 http://www.jstor.org/stable/2668408 Samurai Archives Blog: Interview with John Bender, Sengoku Student and Analyst http://shogun-yashiki.blogspot.com/2009/05/interview-with-john-bender-sengoku.html Shogun Total War - Gold Edition (Game) Sengoku(Game) Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com

1hr 15mins

9 Oct 2011

Rank #18

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EP23 Intro to Japanese History P14 - The Wars of Oda Nobunaga

From the 1550's until his death in 1582, Oda Nobunaga was involved in constant warfare. One by one, the major Daimyo of his era - the Imagawa, the Takeda, the Asai and Asakura and others - fell before his armies. This episode, we give a concise history of Nobunaga's ambition to unify the country under his rule, from the pivotal battle of Okehazama that first put him on the national stage, to his betrayal at the hands of Akechi Mitsuhide. Mentioned in this podcast: Lamers, Jeroen. Japonius Tyrannus: The Japanese Warlord Oda Nobunaga Reconsidered Hotei Publishing (November 2001) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/9074822223 Neilson, David Society at War: Eyewitness Accounts of Sixteenth Century Japan PhD Dissertation University of Oregon, 2007 http://gradworks.umi.com/32/85/3285619.html Yoshikawa, Eiji. Taiko: An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan Kodansha Amer Inc; 1st edition (September 1992) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/4770026099 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com

1hr 11mins

24 Oct 2011

Rank #19

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EP11 Intro to Japanese History P2 - Yayoi and Kofun Periods

For part two of our Introduction to Japanese History series, we'll be covering the Yayoi period which was a sharp change from the culture of the Jomon period, where there was a massive influx of NE Asians into the Japanese archipelago. This was followed by the Kofun period, where Japan began to slowly consolidate and unify into a confederacy. The name of the Kofun period comes from the huge keyhole shaped burial mounds known as "Kofun". Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Edwards, Walter. Event and Process in the Founding of Japan: The Horserider Theory in Archeological Perspective Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Summer, 1983), pp. 265-295 http://www.jstor.org/pss/132294 Farris, William Wayne. Heavenly Warriors: The Evolution of Japan's Military, 500-1300 Harvard University Asia Center, April 15, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/067438704X Hudson, Mark. Ruins of Identity: Ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands Univ of Hawaii Press, March 2006 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824821564 Ikegami, Eiko. Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture Cambridge University Press, February 28, 2005 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0521601150 Imamura, Keiji. Prehistoric Japan: New Perspectives On Insular East Asia Routledge, October 24, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1857286170 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com

59mins

25 Jul 2011

Rank #20