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This podcast, assembled by a former PhD student in History at the University of Washington, covers the entire span of Japanese history. Each week we'll tackle a new topic, ranging from prehistoric Japan to the modern day.

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This podcast, assembled by a former PhD student in History at the University of Washington, covers the entire span of Japanese history. Each week we'll tackle a new topic, ranging from prehistoric Japan to the modern day.

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381 Ratings
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323
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5
9

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History of Japan

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This podcast, assembled by a former PhD student in History at the University of Washington, covers the entire span of Japanese history. Each week we'll tackle a new topic, ranging from prehistoric Japan to the modern day.

Rank #1: Episode 303 - The History of the Geisha

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Finally, a long overdue look at one of the most romanticized and exocitized parts of traditional Japanese culture. What are geisha? Where do they come from? Aren't they basically fancy prostitutes? And haven't I learned everything I need to know about them from reading Memoirs of a Geisha?

Aug 30 2019

42mins

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Rank #2: Episode 146 - The Birth of the Samurai, Part 1

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This week, we'll be starting a short series about the advent of the samurai class. First, what came before the samurai, and why did Japan's emperors decide to devolve more and more power to provincial warriors?

Apr 23 2016

27mins

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Rank #3: Episode 107 - The Lair of the Wolves

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How does a nation ruled by warriors descend into over 100 years of civil war? Find out this week as we discuss the causes of the Onin War and the collapse of the authority of the Ashikaga shoguns.

Jun 27 2015

28mins

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Rank #4: Episode 22 - The Way of the Warrior

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For our first listener-submitted topic, we're tackling Bushido: the warrior code of the samurai class. We'll discuss the evolution of the bushido ideology, the role it played during the ages of warfare in Japan as well as during the Tokugawa, and its modern legacy in a post-samurai world.

Sep 08 2013

22mins

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Rank #5: Episode 258 - The City that Never Sleeps, Part 1

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This week, we start a look at the history of the city of Tokyo. How did the frontier fishing village of Edo go from backwater nowhere to the heart of the nation in only a few short generations?

Sep 29 2018

29mins

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Rank #6: Episode 183 - Lifting the Lost, Part 1

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This week, we turn our attention to the US Occupation of Japan. When did Americans first start thinking seriously about taking Japan over and remaking its whole society?

Mar 04 2017

27mins

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Rank #7: Episode 103 - The Path of the Righteous Man

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What do you get when you cross radical Confucianism with armed samurai? Japan's first samurai rebellion since the 1630s, and a recipe for one fascinating episode. Cannons, torture, and philosophy: this episode has it all!

May 30 2015

25mins

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Rank #8: Episode 194 - Fist of Legend, Part 1

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This week: where do Japan's traditional martial arts come from? 

May 20 2017

26mins

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Rank #9: Episode 184 - Lifting the Lost, Part 2

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The Occupation begins! This week, we'll set the stage with a focus on the relationship between Supreme Commander Douglass MacArthur and Emperor Hirohito. 

Mar 11 2017

27mins

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Rank #10: Episode 333 - The Oku

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This week, we tackle one of our more unique subjects. It's time to talk about an institution so secretive that most of its records were almost certainly destroyed to keep them away from prying eyes. No, it's not some secret ninja clan: it's the harem, or Oku, of the Tokugawa shoguns. 

Show notes here.

Apr 10 2020

43mins

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Rank #11: Episode 117 - The Fall of the Samurai, Part 1

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This week, we're starting our new longest ever series on the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate and the birth of modern Japan. This week, we're taking a look at the political situation in the Tokugawa period -- how was the country carved up by Tokugawa Ieyasu? Who ruled what, and what kind of implications did that have in terms of establishing a secure and stable nation?

Sep 05 2015

32mins

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Rank #12: Episode 108 - Rain of Ruin, Part 1

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In our first of six episodes on the atomic bombs, we start to answer an important question; where did the idea for the bomb come from? Where did people get the idea that a sufficiently large bomb would enable them to win wars from the air?

Jul 04 2015

27mins

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Rank #13: Episode 99 - The Tiger and the Dragon

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This week: what does it take to be part of Japan's most infamous warlord duo? We explore the lives of Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin, their relationship with each other, and the ways in which their rivalry has been romanticized over the course of Japanese history.

May 02 2015

24mins

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Rank #14: Episode 101 - Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains

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This week, we've got our first ever interview with author and Shikoku pilgrimage survivor Paul Barach. You can find his book, Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains, on Amazon.

May 16 2015

35mins

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Rank #15: Episode 97 - The North Remembers

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This week, we turn to Japan's "native outsiders" -- the Ainu, the aboriginal people of Hokkaido. We'll trace their relationship with the Japanese and talk about their position in modern Japan.

Apr 18 2015

25mins

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Rank #16: Episode 273 - The House of Cards, Part 1

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This week we start a multipart series on the Muromachi period and the reign of the Ashikaga family. How did they come to power? Why is their government generally described as so weak? And how, despite that weak government, did they win a 60 year war for control of Japan?

Jan 26 2019

35mins

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Rank #17: Episode 98 - The Comfort Women

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This week, we're going to discuss one of the most reprehensible aspects of a war littered with horrible acts; the system of mass sexual slavery of women euphemistically dubbed "comfort women". We'll talk about the origins and nature of the system, and the reason why it has come back to haunt Japanese politics today.

Apr 25 2015

26mins

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Rank #18: Episode 186 - Lifting the Lost, Part 4

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This week, we'll begin a discussion of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, better known as the Tokyo War Crimes Trials. Who is being tried, what for, and why? 

Mar 25 2017

28mins

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Rank #19: Episode 334 - The Spanish Flu in Japan

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This week, we're talking over Japan's response to one of the greatest public health crises of the 20th century: the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-19. What strategies did the government put in place to try and counter the flu, how was it treated, and what was it like for the doctors on the front lines fighting to save their patients?

Show notes here.

Apr 17 2020

41mins

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Rank #20: Episode 192 - No Country for Young Women, Part 1

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This week: the beginning of a two parter on Japan's first ever female exchange students. 

May 06 2017

28mins

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Episode 349 - The Rising Sun Will Come to Us From Heaven, Part 1

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This week, we're turning our attention to Christianity in Japan after the "Christian Century." Despite its status as a minority religion in Japan, Christianity has had a major historical impact on the country. How did this happen? We'll start this week by looking at the Christian persecutions which destroyed the communities built by European missionaries in the 1500s.

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Jul 31 2020

37mins

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Episode 348 - By the Sun and Its Brightness

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This week, we cover the short yet fascinating history of Islam in Japan. What factors led to a connection between the Islamic world and Japan? Who led the efforts to build bridges between the two? And why is the history of this relationship so generally unknown?

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Jul 24 2020

35mins

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Episode 347 - Blackness in Japan, Part 5

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This week, we wrap up the series with a look at black history during the Occupation and Postwar eras, with some final thoughts on the series as a whole.

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Jul 17 2020

36mins

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Episode 346 - Blackness in Japan, Part 4

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This week, we turn our attention to the black experience during the war in the Pacific, and to the fascinating story of the Pacific Movement of the Eastern World. 

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Jul 10 2020

37mins

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Episode 345 - Blackness in Japan, Part 3

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This week, we're talking about political and cultural exchange between black communities and Japan in the 20s and 30s, as well as how one prominent black leader found himself bamboozled by Japan's pro-empire propaganda in the 1930s.

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Jul 03 2020

34mins

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Episode 344 - Blackness in Japan, Part 2

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This week, we look at Japan's relationship with blackness and black communities in the wake of the Meiji Restoration, and at the beginnings of a movement among black people to make Japan into a champion of non-white peoples.

Note: this episode includes some language that may be considered dated or offensive (though no use of slurs). 

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Jun 26 2020

38mins

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Episode 343 - Blackness in Japan, Part 1

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This week, we're beginning an overview of black history in Japan with a focus on the Sengoku and Edo eras, and especially the fascinating tale of Yasuke. What sources do we have for this moment of cultural contact?

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Jun 19 2020

35mins

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Episode 342 - The Other Olympics

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This week, how did the 1964 Paralympics end up in Japan? Who made it happen? And why does 1964 represent an important moment in the history of disability sports in Japan? 

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Jun 12 2020

36mins

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Episode 341 - The Femme Fatale

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This week, we're focusing on the story of Ono no Komachi, a mysterious poet from the 800s whose poems were used to construct a fictional persona entirely separate from who she actually was. How did this happen? Why does it matter? And what can we learn from telling the history of a made up character? 

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Jun 05 2020

35mins

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Episode 340 - The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

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This week, we're covering the career of one of modern Japan's spymasters: Akashi Motojiro, who attempted to build an intelligence network in Russia during the Russo-Japanese War. Why was he given this task? Did he succeed? And what lessons does his career offer in terms of the wider arc of modern Japanese history? 

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May 29 2020

36mins

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Episode 339 - Wedding Bells

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Mawwiage is whut bwings us togethah, today! Today we're talking about the history of marriage as an institution in Japan. How has it changed and evolved? What customs and practices have governed it? And what do those practices look like today?

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May 22 2020

37mins

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Episode 338 - Let the Games Begin, Part 3

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This week, we finish our look at the Olympic movement in Japan with a series of discussions on the legacy of the 64 games, the Winter Olympics in Japan, and on the prospects for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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May 15 2020

38mins

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Episode 337 - Let the Games Begin, Part 2

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This week, Japan finally gets the Olympics; but what does that really mean for Japan? What does hosting really accomplish for Japan's image, and how do the games themselves unfold? 

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May 08 2020

36mins

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Episode 336 - Let the Games Begin, Part 1

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This week, we're starting a series on the history of the Olympic movement in Japan. How did Japan get involved in the Olympics? What factors drove Japanese participation? And what ever happened to Japan's first attempt to host the Olympic games -- the 1940 Olympics that never were. 

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May 01 2020

35mins

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Episode 335 - An Autumn Afternoon

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This week, we're taking an in-depth look at the life and legacy of Ozu Yasujiro, one of Japan's most famous directors -- despite the fact that it's really only in the last decade and a half of his life that he had the freedom to make the films he wanted to make!

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Apr 24 2020

36mins

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Episode 334 - The Spanish Flu in Japan

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This week, we're talking over Japan's response to one of the greatest public health crises of the 20th century: the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-19. What strategies did the government put in place to try and counter the flu, how was it treated, and what was it like for the doctors on the front lines fighting to save their patients?

Show notes here.

Apr 17 2020

41mins

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Episode 333 - The Oku

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This week, we tackle one of our more unique subjects. It's time to talk about an institution so secretive that most of its records were almost certainly destroyed to keep them away from prying eyes. No, it's not some secret ninja clan: it's the harem, or Oku, of the Tokugawa shoguns. 

Show notes here.

Apr 10 2020

43mins

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Episode 332 - Lady Kasuga

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This week, we tackle the life of one of Japan's most interesting women, who rose from obscure origins to become a major power player in the early Tokugawa period: Saito Fuku, better known as Lady Kasuga. 

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Apr 03 2020

38mins

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Episode 331 - In the Beginning, Woman was the Sun, Part 3

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This week we wrap this series up with a look at the changes in the feminist movement during the US Occupation of Japan, and with a look at the postwar careers of Ichikawa Fusae and Hiratsuka Raicho. 

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Mar 27 2020

34mins

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Episode 330 - In the Beginning, Woman was the Sun, Part 2

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This week, we continue our exploration of the life of Hiratsuka Raicho, and add a new character to our cast: Ichikawa Fusae. How did these two women navigate the tricky waters of 1920s and 1930s Japanese politics, and what obstacles did they encounter along the way? 

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Mar 20 2020

36mins

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iTunes Ratings

381 Ratings
Average Ratings
323
31
13
5
9

Killer work

By Ya mans n em - Apr 03 2020
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Dude, you do some Killer work! This is awesome efn content!! Keep it up dude!!!

Missing episodes

By japan90875 - Jan 23 2020
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Is there a way to find the first 30 episodes that aren’t populating here?