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A weekly podcast on Japanese history, covering everything from prehistory to the modern era. Additional information available at the podcast blog, at www.historyofjapan.wordpress.com

A weekly podcast on Japanese history, covering everything from prehistory to the modern era. Additional information available at the podcast blog, at www.historyofjapan.wordpress.com
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A weekly podcast on Japanese history, covering everything from prehistory to the modern era. Additional information available at the podcast blog, at www.historyofjapan.wordpress.com

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English


Episodes

Episode 271 - You're Going on the List

1/12/2019
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This week, we cover the fascinating tale of Sei Shonagon and the Makura no Soushi, or Pillow Book. Why is a collection of anecdotes considered to be one of Japan's greatest literary classics? What mkes the Pillow Book so famous? And why does Isaac love it so very much?

Duration:00:34:01

Episode 270 - A Brief and Fleeting Dream

1/5/2019
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This week, we cover the life and work of one of Japan's most famous authors: the 11th century courtier Murasaki Shikibu. Why do we know so little about who she was? What inspired her to write Genji? Why do I dislike her work so viscerally? And how did it become so famous?

Duration:00:34:14

Episode 269 - The Revolution Will Not Be Live

12/22/2018
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This week, we cover the little-known "Chichibu Incident," an uprising against the Meiji government in 1884 that saw several thousand people take up arms against the state. Where did it come from? How did the rebellion fare? And what is its connection to the broader trends of Japanese history?

Duration:00:33:00

Episode 268 - The Right Thing for the Wrong Reasons

12/15/2018
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Today, we cover one of the most unusual stories of WWII: the policy of saving and protecting Jews pursued by some among Japan's military leadership. How did anti-semitic ideas about a global conspiracy convince some in Japan that the Jews could be their allies? How many were saved? And what does it all mean?

Duration:00:33:04

Episode 267 - Do Not Give Up Your Life

12/8/2018
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This week, we cover poet and political activist Yosano Akiko in her drift from icon of the political left to polemicist for the ultranationalist right. What kind of life trajectory drives a person that way? Why did she follow that path? And why did she write so many poems about breasts?

Duration:00:33:13

Episode 266 - In the Realm of the Gods

12/1/2018
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This week, we take a look at the bizarre history of a single text -- Senkyou Ibun, or Strange Tidings from Another World -- and the two people responsible for creating it: the famous scholar Hirata Atsutane, and a boy named Torakichi who claimed to have lived in Japan's spirit world.

Duration:00:34:08

Episode 265 - The House Always Wins

11/17/2018
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This week, we cover the life of real estate mogul and international gambling sensation Kashiwagi Akio. Who was he? How did he become an internationally famous gambler? Why was he mysteriously murdered? And how the hell does none other than Donald Trump fit into this?

Duration:00:38:00

Episode 264 - The Man of Legend

11/10/2018
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This week, we cover the story and legacy of the great warrior Kusunoki Masashige. Why does he have the unique distinction of a statue on the grounds of the emperor's palace in Tokyo? What do we actually know about him?

Duration:00:31:56

Special Bonus - Criminal Records: Sada Abe

11/9/2018
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As a surprise bonus, here's an episode of my new show Criminal Records on one of Japan's most fascinating criminal cases. Fair warning: this episode includes some graphic content!

Duration:00:48:22

Episode 263 - Their Eyes Were Watching the Gods, Part 2

11/3/2018
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This week; Oomoto's zenith and fall from grace. Plus, what have we learned from all this?

Duration:00:30:41

Episode 262 - Their Eyes Were Watching the Gods, Part 1

10/27/2018
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This week, we tackled the origin of one of Japan's new religious movements: Oomoto, or The Great Origin. Where did it come from, and how did the unique combination of two very different people with the right set of circumstances lead it to prominence?

Duration:00:29:32

Episode 261 - The City that Never Sleeps, Part 4

10/20/2018
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This week, we cover postwar Tokyo as it recovers from the devastation of war in remarkable time, and take some time to think about what we've learned from the history of Japan's most central city.

Duration:00:30:18

Episode 260 - The City that Never Sleeps, Part 3

10/13/2018
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This week: the Great Kanto Earthquake, the firebombing campaign, and Tokyo during the Occupation.

Duration:00:30:05

Episode 259 - The City that Never Sleeps, Part 2

10/6/2018
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This week, from Edo to Tokyo: how the shogun's city became the emperor's!

Duration:00:29:47

Episode 258 - The City that Never Sleeps, Part 1

9/29/2018
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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?

Duration:00:28:57

Episode 257 - The Bookseller

9/22/2018
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This week, we cover the life and legacy of one of the great bridges between Japan and China -- the Christian bookseller of Shanghai, Uchiyama Kanzo.

Duration:00:30:20

Episode 256 - The Wrestler

9/15/2018
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This week, we take a look at the history of pro wrestling in Japan, and its unlikely progenitor: a Korean-born sumo wrestler named Rikidozan.

Duration:00:26:55

Episode 255 - The Beautiful Island, Part 4

9/8/2018
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This week, we close out our time with Taiwan with a look at its return to the Republic of China, and at the modern day relationship between the "renegade province" and Japan.

Duration:00:28:56

Episode 254 - The Beautiful Island, Part 3

9/1/2018
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This week, Japan's attempt to assimilate Taiwan finds some success, and one big stumbling block: the Musha Incident, the last and largest rebellion against Japanese rule on the island. Plus, the beginnings of Taiwan's mobilization for war.

Duration:00:32:52

Episode 253 - The Beautiful Island, Part 2

8/25/2018
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This week: now that Japan has conquered Taiwan, what are they actually going to do with it?

Duration:00:36:51