Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast

Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast 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.

EP158 Travel and Tourism in Premodern Japan P2
This episode, Marky Star, Dr. Travis Seifman, and I continue our discussion of travel and tourism in premodern Japan. 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 Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archi...

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EP158 Travel and Tourism in Premodern Japan P2
This episode, Marky Star, Dr. Travis Seifman, and I continue our discussion of travel and tourism in premodern Japan. 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 Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archi...

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EP157 Travel and Tourism in Premodern Japan P1
This episode I'm joined by Marky Star of the JapanThis blog, and Dr. Travis Seifman to talk about travel and tourism in premodern Japan. We have a very wide ranging conversation that includes modern Japanese tourism, where to go to find the history of Japanese Ninja Socks, and why you can no longer get a prostitute with your ramen noodles.  All that and much more! Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=U...

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EP156 Japan and the Chinese Tributary System P2
In this episode we continue our discussion of Japan's place in the "Chinese World Order". For thousands of years China was the center of culture and commerce in East Asia, and disseminated trade and political systems and ideology through a tribute system, which Japan had a complicated relationship with. 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 Shop...

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EP155 Japan and the Chinese Tributary System P1
In this episode we discuss Japan's place in the "Chinese World Order". For thousands of years China was the center of culture and commerce in East Asia, and disseminated trade and political systems and ideology through a tribute system, which Japan had a complicated relationship with. 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 Shop (T-Shirts, etc) ht...

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Sengoku Daimyo Mori Motonari - All Out War - Tales of the Samurai #7
By the mid-1550's, Mori Motonari had expanded and consolidated his power base considerably.  But with the Ouchi, Otomo, and Amako threats ever present, it was only a matter of time before the Mori clan would be thrust into an all out war for the West. Outro music "Two Swords" by _ghost Credit for this topic choice goes to Tercero. Thanks! 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...

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The Rise of Sengoku Daimyo Mori Motonari - Tales of the Samurai #6
Early in the Sengoku period in 1523, Mori Motonari became the unexpected head of a scrappy little warrior house in Aki province, caught between two powerful warring clans. Motonari would eventually parlay his small holdings into one of the most powerful Samurai families in all of Western Japan.  This is the story of his rise to power. Outro music "Two Swords" by _ghost Credit for this topic choice goes to Tercero. Thanks! Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Am...

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EP152 An Introduction to Daimyo Alternate Attendance – Sankin Kotai P2
This episode we continue our discussion of the Edo-period concept of "Sankin Kotai" - Daimyo alternate attendance. The system of Sankin Kotai developed by the Tokugawa Shogunate required that Daimyo reside in the Tokugawa castle at Edo for periods of time, alternating with residence at the daimyo's own castle. It's a key component to understanding the Edo period, so we break it down for you. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http:/...

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EP151 An Introduction to Daimyo Alternate Attendance – Sankin Kotai P1
This episode we introduce the Edo-period concept of "Sankin Kotai" - Daimyo alternate attendance.  The system of Sankin Kotai developed by the Tokugawa Shogunate required that Daimyo reside in the Tokugawa castle at Edo for periods of time, alternating with residence at the daimyo's own castle.  It's a key component to understanding the Edo period, so we break it down for you. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com...

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The Samurai and the Evolutionary Psychology of Violence and Warfare - Tales of the Samurai #5
Have you ever wondered where our human propensity for violence and history of warfare comes from?  Why there is such an established history of violence among humans, and why are we so good at killing and conducting war?  In this episode, we look at the evolutionary psychology that drives our violent behaviors through the lens of Japanese history to answer these questions and more. Outtro Music: Sex audio & video by Asian Women on the Telephone Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraia...

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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://twit...

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EP148 The Shimazu Clan, Ryukyu, and the Bakufu P2
This episode we continue our look at the relations between Ryukyu (Okinawa), the Shimazu clan, and the Bakufu, and Okinawa's eventual invasion in 1609. 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 @SamuraiArc...

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EP147 The Shimazu Clan, Ryukyu, and the Bakufu P1
This episode we look at the relations between Ryukyu (Okinawa), the Shimazu clan of Satsuma province, and the Bakufu, and Okinawa's eventual invasion in 1609. 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 @Sam...

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The Medieval History of Japanese Tea - Tales of the Samurai #4
This episode we talk about the development of tea culture and the tea ceremony during the 15th and 16th century.  Tea as an art began to develop throughout the late 15th and early 16th century into an activity that brought commoners, aristocrats, and Daimyo together in the tea rooms across Japan, and tea masters such as Murata Shuko, Takeno Joo, and Sen no Rikyu came to prominence. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazo...

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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.a...

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EP144 The Top Ten Samurai Films of All Time P1
You wanted it, we provided it - our list of the top ten Samurai films of all time.  In this episode, myself, Mike Baker, and Michael Reid give you our top Samurai film picks.  We cover number ten through number six in this episode, and we'll reveal our top five Samurai movies in the next episode.  So put in your earbuds, and bring something to write on.  You don't want to miss this one! Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www....

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The Early History of Japanese Tea - Tales of the Samurai #3
In this episode we go way back to the early history of tea in Japan; where it came from, who brought it, who drank it, and why.  We look at tea's trip from Buddhist medicine to a fancy high-end foreign drink, to a drink for the masses, and how it got from the monastery to the millet grubbing dirt farmers. 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, su...

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EP142 Talking Tea and Philosophy with Dr. Jesse Workman
In this episode we talk to philosopher Dr. Jesse Workman about the history and philosophy of Japanese tea, and its influence on Western philosophy as well as it's dark role in the Japanese imperial government leading up to WWII. 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://ast...

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EP141 Discussion of the Nara Period Military Defense Statute P2
In this episode we talk 8th century Japanese military organization as stated in the Military Defense Statute of the Yoro code.  Part two of two. 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...

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EP140 Discussion of the Nara Period Military Defense Statute P1
In this episode we talk 8th century Japanese military organization as stated in the Military Defense Statute of the Yoro code.  Part one of two. 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...

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EP139 Uesugi Kenshin Facts and Fictions - Guest Host Scott Patrick
In this episode, guest host Scott Patrick talks about various aspects of the facts and myths of legendary Sengoku Daimyo Uesugi Kenshin. Scott's Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDx0cC-B-wE&list=PL2kqaN6M4aZ1zKeeqj17tF_MjBXZOiCQb Scott's Blog: https://samuraistories.wordpress.com/ Uesugi Kenshin thread on the Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com/topic/8086686/1/ Dennis Darling's Uesugi Kenshin thesis: http://www.uesugi.dk/afhandl.pdf Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/...

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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.samura...

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EP137 Ouchi Clan Documents and the Battle of Funaokayama P2
Part 2 of our talk about the battle of Funaokayama, where the Ouchi and Rokkaku defeated the Hosokawa in 1511, and the primary source documents that Nate translated in this research. 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 Sho...

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EP136 Ouchi Clan Documents and the Battle of Funaokayama P1
In this episode, Nate talks about the battle of Funaokayama, where the Ouchi and Rokkaku defeated the Hosokawa in 1511, and the primary source documents that he translated in this research. 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 Arch...

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Seppuku: Samurai Suicide - Tales of the Samurai #1
In this episode, I go deep into the history of Samurai suicide: Seppuku, from it's legendary origins to the modern day.  All aspects of Seppuku are covered, from the proper methods, the ceremony, the types of cuts, as well as the physical and medical implications of cutting your stomach.  I also look at the psychology of suicide and modern suicide theory as a way to understand the Samurai mindset, and also go over a multitude of historical examples of Samurai suicide.  Everything you've ever wanted to know ...

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EP134 Double Harakiri - BONUS EPISODE 10
In this episode, Chris and Forest talk about the two versions of "Harakiri", the original directed by Masaki Kobayashi, and the remake directed by Takashi Miike. 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) htt...

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EP133 Teaching Japanese History
This episode we talk to Mike Baker, who developed and taught a Japanese history class at the university level at Worcester State University. 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...

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EP132 Okinawa: Crossing the Meiji Divide P2
In part two, Travis continues his discussion on the position Okinawa was put in during the late Edo period by the visiting Commodore Matthew Perry, and the complex associations between Okinawa, Japan, and China at the time. 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 Travis's Blog: https://chaari.wordpress.com/ Follow Travis on Twitter: @toranosukev Mentioned in this podcast: Tinello, Mark...

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EP131 Okinawa: Crossing the Meiji Divide P1
In this episode Travis talks about his research on Okinawa.  In part one, he talks about the position Okinawa was put in during the late Edo period by the visiting Commodore Matthew Perry, and the complex associations between Okinawa, Japan, and China at the time. 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 Travis's Blog: https://chaari.wordpress.com/ Follow Travis on Twitter: @toranosukev...

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EP130 Ninja Movies! An Interview with Mance Thompson
This episode we talk to the world's foremost Japanese ninja movie researcher Mance Thompson about the history and development of Ninja movies in Japan and their spread to the United States. He also gives his recommendations for the best Japanese ninja films, and talks about the future of the genre. 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 Mance's website: Japanese Ninja Movies Follow Ma...

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EP129 So You Want to be a Historian P2
Last episode we talked about the process of finding and getting into a graduate program for Japanese history, and this episode we talk about what actually goes on in a Japanese history graduate program, and Nate talks about the various translations that he has done at Princeton, available here: http://komonjo.princeton.edu  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 Mentioned in this podc...

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EP128 So You Want to be a Historian P1
In this episode we talk to Nate, who is currently in a PhD program for Japanese history/Asian studies.  If you are thinking about becoming a historian, or are applying to graduate programs already, this episode is for you.  We cover some of the variety of things that go into picking and getting into a gradate program, and what sorts of things you should take advantage of sooner than later, among other things. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com?  Us...

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EP127 A History of the Martial Arts with Jaredd Wilson
Jaredd Wilson joins the podcast to take us through a history of the martial arts from ancient cultural traditions, to the advent of sport martial arts in the 19th and 20th centuries, to the future of the martial arts. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives 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.t...

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EP126 Japan This! Marky Star Returns
We're back again with JapanThis! blogger Marky Star.  We talk to him about his blog, his new podcast, and his new Japanese history tours that he runs out of Tokyo. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Japan This! Blog http://markystar.wordpress.com/ Japan This! on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYai-W4sWqMBWbpUE-ZQKPg/videos Marky Star on twitter: https://twitter.com/JapanThis Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samura...

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EP125 Japan This! Legends of Setagaya
Marky Star of the Japan This! Blog and podcast talks about the origin of locations within Setagaya in Tokyo, and their ties to legends of the Samurai.  Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Japan This! Blog http://markystar.wordpress.com/ Japan This! on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYai-W4sWqMBWbpUE-ZQKPg/videos Marky Star on twitter: https://twitter.com/JapanThis Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives B...

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EP124 Philosophy of Gods and Monsters
The Rogue Philosopher Jesse Workman is back to talk about the human perception of reality.  When reading history, it is easy to forget - or not even consider - that people 500 years ago weren't just more ignorant versions of ourselves; they experienced a reality wildly different from ours.  Their gods and monsters were as real to them as our reality is to us.  In essence, they were living in a fantasy novel with magic, supernatural beings, and an understanding of the world that from our point of view looks ...

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EP123 Busting the Myths of the Samurai P2
In this episode, your hosts go back to basics and bust the popular myths of the Samurai.  They look at Loyalty, Honor, who could become Samurai, Seppuku, and other myths and misconceptions of the Samurai.  This  episode is part two of two. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Conlan, Thomas. The Culture of Force and Farce: Fourteenth-Century Japanese Warfare No. 2000-2001. Harvard University, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, 200...

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EP122 Busting the Myths of the Samurai P1
In this episode, your hosts go back to basics and bust the popular myths of the Samurai.  They look at Loyalty, Honor, who could become Samurai, Seppuku, and other myths and misconceptions of the Samurai.  This  episode is part one of two. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Conlan, Thomas. The Culture of Force and Farce: Fourteenth-Century Japanese Warfare No. 2000-2001. Harvard University, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, 200...

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EP121 Peasant Life During the Edo Period P2
In this episode we tackle the Edo peasantry, the millet grubbing dirt farmers and fish mongers that acted as the economic base of the Tokugawa Bakufu.  Part two of two. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Kalland, Arne. Fishing Villages in Tokugawa Japan Univ of Hawaii Pr; (March 1995) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824816323 Roberts, Luke. Performing the Great Peace: Political Space and Open Secrets in Tokugawa Japan Univ of Hawaii...

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EP120 Peasant Life During the Edo Period P1
In this episode we tackle the Edo peasantry, the millet grubbing dirt farmers and fish mongers that acted as the economic base of the Tokugawa Bakufu.  Part one of two. Mentioned in this podcast: Kalland, Arne. Fishing Villages in Tokugawa Japan Univ of Hawaii Pr; (March 1995) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824816323 Roberts, Luke. Performing the Great Peace: Political Space and Open Secrets in Tokugawa Japan Univ of Hawaii Pr; First Edition edition (January 31, 2012) http://astore.amazon.co...

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EP119 Military History and Japanese Studies P2
In this episode, Nate talks about the intersection of Military history and Japanese studies in the USA and the West.  He also gives a rundown of the history of Military History, as well as what it is and how it has changed over the decades. Part two of two. Mentioned in this podcast: 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 Friday, Karl. Hired Swords: The Rise of ...

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EP118 Military History and Japanese Studies P1
In this episode, Nate talks about the intersection of Military history and Japanese studies in the USA and the West.  He also gives a rundown of the history of Military History, as well as what it is and how it has changed over the decades. Part one of two. Mentioned in this podcast: Farris, Willam Wayne. Japan's Medieval Population: Famine, Fertility, and Warfare in a Transformative Age Univ of Hawaii Pr (August 1, 2009) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824834240 Spafford, David. A Sense of P...

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EP117 Samurai Clans, Houses, and Families P2
Samurai would go to great lengths to protect and glorify their names in action and in battle.  In this episode, we look at the value placed on the Samurai "name" in the context of individuals, clans, Samurai houses, and families. We also look at the corporation-like structure of Sengoku period Samurai houses, where blood was less important than the continuation of the "name".  This is part two of two. Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Mentioned in ...

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EP116 Samurai Clans, Houses, and Families P1
Samurai would go to great lengths to protect and glorify their names in action and in battle.  In this episode, we look at the value placed on the Samurai "name" in the context of individuals, clans, Samurai houses, and families. We also look at the corporation-like structure of Sengoku period Samurai houses, where blood was less important than the continuation of the "name". Mentioned in this podcast: Spafford, David. What’s in a Name?: House Revival, Adoption, and the Bounds of Family in Late Medieval J...

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EP115 Wind, Forest, Fire, and Mountain: Resource Management in the Takeda Domain P2
In part two of our conversation with UCSB PhD candidate and Environmental Historian Elijah Bender, we continue our discussion of the resource management of Kai province, and look at how it was dealt with at the provincial level by the Daimyo. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Elijah Bender's UCSB page http://www.history.ucsb.edu/people/person.php?account_id=334 Mentioned in this podcast: Farris, Willam Wayne. Japan's Medieval Population: Famine, Fertility, and Warfare i...

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EP114 Wind, Forest, Fire, and Mountain: Resource Management in the Takeda Domain P1
In this episode, we have a great conversation with UCSB PhD candidate and Environmental Historian Elijah Bender.  Elijah's focus is on resource management in Kai province, the domain of the Takeda clan and Takeda Shingen.   The discussion ranges from how resource issues effect people at the local level to the highest levels of the Takeda clan, and how the management of resources effect all levels of planning and decision making for a Sengoku Daimyo.  This episode is part one of our discussion, and part two ...

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EP113 You Can't Spell "Bushido" Without "Bull"
There's a good chance that everything you know about Bushido is wrong. In this episode, which is a rebroadcast of an episode that was done for the Martial Thoughts podcast, Nate talks about the history, progression, and roots of the "code", concept, and mythology of Bushido - the Way of the Samurai.   Mentioned in this podcast: Benesch, Oleg. Inventing the Way of the Samurai  Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 11, 2014) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0198706626 Nitobe, Inazo. Bushi...

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EP112 "What If" and Japanese History - BONUS EPISODE 9
In this episode, Chris and Forest look at the utility of asking "What If...?" about events in Japanese history. Some people love it, some people hate it, but can one find value in the intellectual enterprise of asking "what if"?   In an attempt to see if there is value to the historian in asking what if, they look at Nobunaga's death and ask, "What if Oda Nobunaga hadn't died? What would have changed, what would have stayed the same?" Mentioned in this podcast: Ferguson, Niall. The Pitty of War Basic Boo...

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EP111 Revisiting the Military Revolution Theory P2
In part two of our revisitation of the Military Revolution theory we continue our look at the 2013 artilcle 'Military Revolution ini Early Modern Japan' by Matthew Stavros that looks at applying the Military Revolution theory to Japan's Sengoku period to explain the military advances and expansion.  We previously talked in detail about the Military Revolution theory in Episodes #1 and #2. Follow Cameron Foster and Matthew Stavros on Twitter: Matthew Stavros:  @matthew_stavros https://twitter.com/matthew_s...

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EP110 Revisiting the Military Revolution Theory P1
In this episode, we revisit the Military Revolution theory with A Short History of Japan's Cameron Foster.  We look at the 2013 artilcle 'Military Revolution ini Early Modern Japan' by Matthew Stavros that looks at applying the Military Revolution theory to Japan's Sengoku period to explain the military advances and expansion.  We previously talked in detail about the Military Revolution theory in Episodes #1 and #2. Mentioned in this podcast: Morillo, Stephen. Guns and Government: A Comparative Study of ...

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EP109 Orientalism and Ideology
This episode we speak to scholar, philosopher, and PhD candidate Jesse Workman about the history of the concept of "Orientalism" - essentially the idea that one's culture, background, religion, and/or ideology can infect one's scholarship as it pertains to other cultures - and that in the past particularly, this resulted in extremely patronizing and biased scholarship of other cultures and religions.  We examine Orientalism in the context of Jesse's specialty of philosophy and religion, and in general in ac...

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EP108 The Martial Arts in the Modern World
Jaredd Wilson is back again to talk about the state and place of traditional martial arts in today's world of the internet, cage fighting, and the UFC.  We talk about how things have changed in the martial arts in the past few decades, and also address other issues in the contemporary martial arts - some new, some old, and some that need to go away but don't. Follow Jaredd on Twitter: @MartialThoughts Mentioned in this podcast: Mann, Jeffery. When Buddhists Attack: The Curious Relationship Between Zen an...

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EP107 Sex, Seduction, and Status - Women in Classical and Feudal Japan P2
In part two of our episode on sex in medieval Japan, your hosts look at gender roles and relations, including the tradition of same sex relations among the Samurai. Mentioned in this podcast: Morinaga, Maki. The Gender of Onnagata As the Imitating Imitated: Its Historicity, Performativity, and Involvement in the Circulation of Femininity positions: east asia cultures critique Volume 10, Number 2, Fall 2002  https://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/positions/v010/10.2morinaga.html Shop...

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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 Shi...

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EP105 Sengoku Samurai Inheritance and Succession - BONUS EPISODE 8
When a sengoku daimyo died, even the best laid plans for succession often went awry.  Chris and Forest talk about Samurai inheritance and succession issues in the Sengoku period - how it worked, succession order, and inheritance disputes, in the cases of Oda Nobunaga, Mori Motonari, Uesugi Kenshin, and the complexities surrounding Takeda Katsuyori's succession to the head of the Takeda clan. Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcas...

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EP104 Samurai of the Soma Noma Oi P2
In part two, we continue our discussion with 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. Trevor's website: Toraba.com Trailer for Ritual: The Samurai of the Soma Noma Oi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIooma4pIpc Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our...

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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/podca...

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EP102 Edo Period Economics P2
This episode covers part two of our discussion of the economics and finance of the Edo period. 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 Arch...

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EP101 Edo Period Economics P1
As part of our ongoing series looking at the Edo period of Japanese history, we look at the economics and finance of the Edo period. 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: Vaporis, Constantine. Tour of Duty: Samurai...

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EP100 Live from Roppongi Hills - BONUS EPISODE 7
For our 100th episode (and 7th bonus episode) we take it live to Mifune restaurant in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.  Chris (Twitter: @samuraiarchives), Marky Star (Twitter: @JapanThis) and Lonny (Twitter: @Rekishinotabi) get into the epic life of Tokugawa Ienari, why Kondo Isami raises his sake cup with his left hand, the burial location of Kondo Isami's father, an impromptu review of the new book "Samurai Revolution", a foriegn exchange student named Yoshi, and other completely random topics connected only by bee...

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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 Sup...

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EP98 Samurai, Bushido, and Death - BONUS EPISODE 6 - P2
In part two of our philosophical musings on Samurai, Bushido, and death, Chris and Forest look at how one's perception of reality constrains and shapes thier outlook and actions, and would have surely shaped the views and actions of the Samurai.  The intent in going off to battle as a Samurai wasn't to valiantly seek death, but to survive and prosper.  However, since death was always on the table, the goal was to, if nothing else, gain utility from their death - furthering their name, their family, and thie...

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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 ta...

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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 th...

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EP95 The History of the JSDF - Japan's Self Defense Force P2
This episode, Nate continues his talk about the history of Japan's self defense force, the JSDF.  Nate, who worked directly with the JSDF in Japan, addresses questions about how the JSDF has evolved over the past 60 years, what its stated purpose and objectives are today, and in what specific situations and to what extent and capacity the JSDF is allowed to participate in military and wartime situations. Part two of two. Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samur...

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EP94 The History of the JSDF - Japan's Self Defense Force P1
This episode, Nate talks about the history of Japan's self defense force, the JSDF.  Nate, who worked directly with the JSDF in Japan, addresses questions about how the JSDF has evolved over the past 60 years, what its stated purpose and objectives are today, and in what specific situations and to what extent and capacity the JSDF is allowed to participate in military and wartime situations. Part one of two. Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samura...

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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.c...

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EP92 The Pacific War - Island Hopping and Bomb Dropping
In part 2 of our look at Japan during World War Two, we look at the aftermath of the battle of Midway, the questionable strategy of MacArthur's island hopping campaign, the overlooked Russian contribution to the Pacific war, and speculate on the necessity of dropping the atomic bombs on Japan. 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 Arch...

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EP91 The Pacific War - Japan from Manchuria to Midway in WWII
In this episode, Forest leads a talk on Japan's thinking going into World War Two.  With the benefit of hindsight, it becomes apparent that Japan's plan going into WWII was based on a collection of flawed assumptions, and was tied to the misguided hope that the US will to fight could be broken in a reasonably short period of time with a "decisive battle" - before the tremendous industrial and military potential of America could be fully brought to bear.  In part one, we follow the Japanese from the start of...

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EP90 An Interview with A Short History of Japan's Cameron Foster P2
In this episode, we continue our conversation with Cameron Foster, the creator of "A Short History of Japan", and discuss some of the nuts and bolts of podcasting, and the direction Cameron intends to go with his podcast, including his proposed next episode. We also discuss a few other podcasts worth listening to.  Follow Cameron on Twitter: @frugcam 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/p...

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EP89 An Interview with A Short History of Japan's Cameron Foster P1
In this episode, we talk to the creator of the "A Short History of Japan" podcast, Cameron Foster.  We talk about his podcast, travelling in Japan, interesting aspects of japanese history, and about not seeing the recent movie "47 Ronin". Part one of two. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @frugcam 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 Archive...

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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,...

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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 ...

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EP86 2014 Fields of Conflict Conference P2
In part 2, your hosts continue their talk about the 2014 Fields of Conflict archaeology conference held in Columbia, South Carolina in March 2014.  They discuss some of the conference panels, battlefield archaeology, and where archaeology and history intersect. Mentioned in this podcast: Strategical Buffoonery - Levels of Warfare - The Shogun-ki blog: http://www.theshogunshouse.com/2010/06/strategical-buffoonery.html Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai...

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EP85 2014 Fields of Conflict Conference P1
This episode, your hosts talk about the 2014 Fields of Conflict archaeology conference held in Columbia, South Carolina in March 2014.  They discuss some of the conference panels, battlefield archaeology, and where archaeology and history intersect. 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...

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EP84 WTF Do We Know About History? - BONUS EPISODE 4
Probably more appropriately titled "What do Chris and Forest philosophize about what can really be known about history", here is our 4th bonus episode of what was originally meant to be a stand-alone podcast on the Samurai Archives podcast network.  In this heavily opinionated episode, things get touchy as Chris and Forest get in a philosophical discussion about what can really be known about history. As always with our bonus episodes, the opinions expressed are solely those of Chris and Forest, and do not ...

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EP83 Book Recommendations P2
In part two of our book recommendations podcast, your hosts continue to go over a few recommended Japanese history books, from introductory books to advanced.  Want to pick up the books 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, supor...

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EP82 Book Recommendations P1
In this episode, your hosts run down a list of a few recommended Japanese history books, from introductory books to advanced.  This episode is part 1 of 2.  Want to pick up the books 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 t...

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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 cl...

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EP80 Grinding the Kanji
In this episode Nate and Travis are back with Chris to discuss the arduous task of learning Japanese kanji - the Japanese writing system.  The episode was inspired by a Samurai Archives blog post on the subject, but your hosts also expand the conversation to examine the Japanese language's simplistic grammar contrasted with the complex ties that the language has to Japanese culture and society. Mentioned in this episode: Read the Kanji: https://www.readthekanji.com/ The Well-Trod and Annoying Path of Learni...

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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 th...

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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 ...

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EP77 Tripping Japan P2
In this episode, your hosts Chris, Nate, and Travis continue the discussion on their recent respective trips to Japan including their cultural and historical experiences. Mentioned in this Podcast: The 9th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest:  http://www.samurai-archives.com/writcon.html Photos of Kumamoto, Japan http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuuzo/sets/72157631741259360/ The Sengoku Field Manual http://www.sengokufieldmanual.com/ Shambhala Publications: http://www.shambhala.com/ Support this podcast: Shop Amazon...

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EP76 Tripping Japan P1
In this episode, your hosts Chris, Nate, and Travis dedicate a two part podcast to their recent respective trips to Japan including their cultural and historical experiences, and Nate's volunteer efforts in Ishinomaki in Northern Japan, an area hit by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Mentioned in this Podcast: The 9th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest:  http://www.samurai-archives.com/writcon.html Photos of Kumamoto, Japan http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuuzo/sets/72157631741259360/ Photos of Okinawa, Japan h...

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EP75 (Re)Visiting the Battlefield P2
Part two of Nate's talk about his recent trip to the Nagashino battlefield, and what he gleaned from his extensive hiking of the site of the Samurai Archives Podcast's most notorious battle. Mentioned in this Podcast: The 9th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest:  http://www.samurai-archives.com/writcon.html The Sengoku Field Manual - Return to Shitaragahara! http://sengokufieldmanual.blogspot.com/2013/09/nagashino-iii-return-to-shitaragahara.html Conlan, Thomas. Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warr...

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EP74 (Re)Visiting the Battlefield P1
In this episode, Nate talks about his recent trip to the Nagashino battlefield, and what he gleaned from his extensive hiking of the site of the Samurai Archives Podcast's most notorious battle. Part one of two. Mentioned in this Podcast: The 9th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest:  http://www.samurai-archives.com/writcon.html The Sengoku Field Manual - Return to Shitaragahara! http://sengokufieldmanual.blogspot.com/2013/09/nagashino-iii-return-to-shitaragahara.html Conlan, Thomas. Weapons & Fighting Techniques...

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EP73 An Introduction to Kabuki P2
Part two of an introduction to Kabuki, Japan's traditional theater. An example of Kabuki from the play Sanmon Gosan no Kiri: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLMy69smJz8 Mentioned in this podcast: Shively, Donald. Bakufu Versus Kabuki Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies Vol. 18, No. 3/4 (Dec., 1955)  http://www.jstor.org/stable/2718437 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,...

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EP72 An Introduction to Kabuki P1
In this episode, your hosts give you an introduction to Kabuki, Japan's traditional theater.  This is part one of two. An example of Kabuki from the play Sanmon Gosan no Kiri: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLMy69smJz8 Mentioned in this podcast: Shively, Donald. Bakufu Versus Kabuki Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies Vol. 18, No. 3/4 (Dec., 1955)  http://www.jstor.org/stable/2718437 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.ama...

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EP71 Barbarians at the Northern Gates - Russian Incursions During the Edo Period P2
In part two of our podcast on the Russian incursions into the Kuril island chain and Japanese territories during the Edo period, we continue to look at the sailors, misfits, and adventurers of the Okhotsk sea region, as well as the history of land grabbing and politics that led to the current occupation of the Kuril island chain by Russia. Mentioned in this podcast: Golovnin, Vassilii Mikhailovich. Memoirs of a Captivity in Japan http://archive.org/details/memoirsofcaptivi01golouoft Lensen, George. Early Ru...

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EP70 Barbarians at the Northern Gates - Russian Incursions During the Edo Period P1
Over the next two episodes of the S-A Podcast, we look at the Russian incursions into the Kuril island chain and Japanese territories during the Edo period.  Led by a variety of characters, from cartographers and political envoys to criminals and rogue adventurers, these incursions struck fear into the citizens of Japan's capital of Edo, and slowly developed and shaped the harsh treatment of shipwrecked foreign sailors by the Shogunate. Mentioned in this podcast: Tooke, William. View of the Russian Empire d...

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EP69 Japan This! An Interview with Marky Star P2
In part two of our interview with Japan This! blogger Marky Star, we continue where we left off with the etymology of place names in Japan.  We also talk about the various Japanese dialects, Japan's iconic Edobashi, and the ukiyo-e origins of tetacle porn. Mentioned in this podcast: Grossberg, Kenneth. Japan's Renaissance - The Politics of the Muromachi Bakufu Cornell University, New York, 2001 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1885445083 Japan This! http://markystar.wordpress.com/ Marky Star on tw...

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EP68 Japan This! An Interview with Marky Star P1
In ths episode of the Samurai Archives podcast, we talk to Marky Star, the prolific author of the Japan This! blog.  We talk to Marky about how he ended up in Japan, his blog, his fascination with the etymology of Japanese place names, and his recommendations for anyone looking for interesting historical sites in the Tokyo area.  This episode is part one of two. Mentioned in this podcast: Japan This! http://markystar.wordpress.com/ Marky Star on twitter: https://twitter.com/JapanThis Support this podcast: S...

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EP67 The Myth of Okinawan Pacifism P2
In part two of our podcast on the myth of Okinawan pacifism, we talk about the invasion of the Okinawan island chain by the Shimazu clan, and about the impressions that foreign sailors that landed on the shores of Okinawa thought about the islanders. Mentioned in this podcast: Kerr, George. Okinawa - The History of an Island People Tuttle Publishing; Original edition (October 1, 2000) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804820872 Smits, Gregory. Examining the Myth of Ryukyuan Pacifism http://www.jap...

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EP66 The Myth of Okinawan Pacifism P1
Over the next two episodes, your hosts look at the "myth" of Okinawan pacifism.  Okinawa has been held up as an example of a completely pacifistic country victimized over the centuries by invading forces, when the reality is that Okinawa has also seen and perpetuated its own share of violence as it fought bloody wars of unification among the Okinawan island chain, and fought Japanese mainland invaders. Mentioned in this podcast: Kerr, George. Okinawa - The History of an Island People Tuttle Publishing; Orig...

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EP65 Parades and Processions of Edo Japan P2
In February, 2013 the University of Hawaii Art Gallery held an exhibit entitled "Picturing the Ryukyus: Images of Okinawa in Japanese Artworks from the UH Sakamaki/Hawley Collection", which included a symposium titled "Interpreting Parades and Processions of Edo Japan".  Previously, we heard the audio of Travis's presentation. In part two, travis continues his talk about both his presentation and the overall symposium. Follow Travis on Twitter: https://twitter.com/toranosukev Travis' Blog: http://chaari.wor...

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EP64 Parades and Processions of Edo Japan P1
In February, 2013 the University of Hawaii Art Gallery held an exhibit entitled "Picturing the Ryukyus: Images of Okinawa in Japanese Artworks from the UH Sakamaki/Hawley Collection", which included a symposium titled "Interpreting Parades and Processions of Edo Japan". Last week we heard the audio of Travis's presentation. This episode and next episode, travis talks about both his presentation and the overall symposium. This is part one of two. The presentations and papers from February are now available o...

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EP63 Ryukyuan Embassy Processions
In February, 2013, Travis presented a lecture entitled “Ryukyuan Embassy Processions: A 1710 Edo Nobori Scroll from the Sakamaki/Hawley Collection” at the international symposium, ” Interpreting Parades and Processions of Edo Japan: History, Culture, and Foreign Relations,” which was held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the audio of his talk, where he discusses the nobori scroll held in the University's Sakamaki-Hawley collection. A digitized version of the scroll can be f...

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EP62 Sakoku and Misunderstanding Japan’s Long Isolation P2
Japan's self imposed "isolation", known as "sakoku", was ostensibly in effect from the 1630's to the 1850's. Despite the view that Japan was completely isolated and walled off from the rest of the world, there was considerable international trade and activity happening throughout the period.  This is part two of two. 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...

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EP61 Sakoku and Misunderstanding Japan’s Long Isolation P1
Japan’s self imposed “isolation”, known as “sakoku”, was ostensibly in effect from the 1630’s to the 1850’s. Despite the view that Japan was completely isolated and walled off from the rest of the world, there was considerable international trade and activity happening throughout the period.  This is part one of two. 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...

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EP60 Politics of the Edo Period P2
With this episode, we continue on to part two of our introduction to the politics and governmental systems of the Edo period of Japanese history. Mentioned in this Podcast: Roberts, Luke. Performing the Great Peace: Political Space and Open Secrets in Tokugawa Japan Univ of Hawaii Pr; First Edition edition (January 31, 2012) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824835131 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.c...

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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-da...

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EP58 An Introduction to Sankin Kotai
Sankin Kotai, or “alternate attendance” was the Tokugawa Bakufu’s policy of having regional Daimyo split their time between their home Han and the capital, Edo. In this podcast, your hosts give you a general overview of this process, why it was done, and what the purpose was behind it. Mentioned in this Podcast:  Statler, Oliver. Japanese Inn: A Reconstruction Of The Past Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1166136787 Vaporis, Constantine. Tour of Duty: ...

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EP57 Principled Warfare - Modern Concepts in Medieval Warfare
In this episode, Nate talks about his five-part blog series Principled Warfare, where he looks at examining premodern Japanese warfare through the lens of the modern US military's 12 Principles of Joint Operations. You can find Nate at his blog, The Sengoku Field Manual: http://sengokufieldmanual.blogspot.com/ Mentioned in this podcast: Principled Warfare: Samurai Combat Done Right (and Wrong)http://shogun-yashiki.blogspot.com/2012/08/greetings-once-again-samurai-archives.html Support this podcast: Shop Ama...

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EP56 The Anime Paradox - An Interview with Stevie Suan P.2
In part two of our talk with Stevie Suan we continue our discussion of his book “The Anime Paradox“, and the internationalization of Anime around the world. 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-Archive...

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EP55 The Anime Paradox - An Interview with Stevie Suan P.1
In this episode of the Samurai Archives Podcast (Part one of two), we talk to Stevie Suan, the author of the forthcoming book “The Anime Paradox“, about examining Anime through the lens of traditional Japanese theater. Stevie Suan was born in Sri Lanka but grew up in New York City. He received his M.A. in Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa, and is in the PhD program in the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department. He specializes in aesthetics, Japanese traditional theater, and Anime....

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EP54 The Horse in Sengoku Warfare
In this episode, your hosts talk about the facts and misconceptions of horse warfare and cavalry in Japan, focusing on the Takeda clan. The Takeda clan is known and renowned for its cavalry, but the images of organized and disciplined cavalry charges were not the reality of mounted warfare during this period. Mentioned in this podcast: Conlan, Thomas. Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior 1200-1877 AD By Thomas, D Conlan, Amber Books Ltd, 2008 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/190662...

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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.htm...

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EP52 Shady Ethics in the Japanese Antique Armor Trade P2
Here is part two of our talk with Japanese armor expert and antique dealer Trevor Absolon. In this episode we talk to Trevor about his experiences in the antique armor world - including the shady ethics, questionable practices, and outright fraudulent behavior that casts a shadow over the antique armor trade in Japan and the West. 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, e...

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EP51 Shady Ethics in the Japanese Antique Armor Trade P1
Joining us again is Japanese armor expert and antique dealer Trevor Absolon. In this episode we talk to Trevor about his experiences in the antique armor world - including the shady ethics, questionable practices, and outright fraudulent behavior that casts a shadow over the antique armor trade in Japan and the West. This is part one of two. 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 (...

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EP50 The Sengoku Daimyo Domain as Political State P2
Contrary to popular belief, every Sengoku Daimyo didn't see Japan as a giant game-board, or have the intention of "taking control of the realm". Most Daimyo were simply trying to survive and maintain their own holdings. By looking at Sengoku Daimyo and Daimyo domains through the lense of International Relations Theory, your hosts contend that the concept of "taking over Japan" may have been one that evolved gradually over the decades, rather than being an actual "goal" of the Sengoku period Daimyo from the ...

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EP49 The Sengoku Daimyo Domain as Political State P1
Contrary to popular belief, every Sengoku Daimyo didn't see Japan as a giant game-board, or have the intention of "taking control of the realm". Most Daimyo were simply trying to survive and maintain their own holdings. By looking at Sengoku Daimyo and Daimyo domains through the lense of International Relations Theory, your hosts contend that the concept of "taking over Japan" may have been one that evolved gradually over the decades, rather than being an actual "goal" of the Sengoku period Daimyo from the ...

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EP48 The MIS in the Pacific Theater During WWII
In this episode we move forward in time to World War Two and talk about the documentary screening we attended, MIS - Human Secret Weapon. MIS is a documentary about the US Military Intelligence Service, a top-secret program created by the US government to prepare for war with Japan, comprised of Japanese Americans who acted as translators, interrogators, spies, soldiers, and negotiators in the war against Japan during WWII. Their contribution to the war effort is immeasurable, and were credited by General M...

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EP47 History of the Samurai Archives Website
In this episode, the creators of the Samurai Archives Japanese History Page (Samurai-archives.com) talk about the creation of the history website. They talk about why they did it, what they hoped to accomplish, what their expectations were with the website, why the poor design of the old Delphi forum was actually a good thing, and why Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia has utterly destroyed independent scholarship on the internet for all time. Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to...

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EP46 Bathing in Medieval Japan
In this episode, we talk about the article “Washing off the Dust”: Baths and Bathing in Late Medieval Japan, by Lee Butler. The discussion looks into the cultural and religious aspects of bathing in medieval Japan, as well as the contemporary bath houses and hot springs of modern Japan. Mentioned in this podcast: Butler, Lee. "Washing off the Dust": Baths and Bathing in Late Medieval Japan Monumenta Nipponica Vol. 60, No. 1 (Spring, 2005), pp. 1-41 http://www.jstor.org/stable/25066349 Support this podcast:...

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EP45 Japanese State and Identity During the Edo Period
In this episode we discuss the structure of the Tokugawa government during the Edo period. We examine if Japan was a unified nation-state, a confederacy, or a feudal system, and how much control Daimyo actually had over their own lands. We also look at how individuals may have identified with their region and Japan as a "country". Mentioned in this podcast: Ravina, Mark. Land and Lordship in Early Modern Japan Stanford University Press; 1 edition (August 1, 1999) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0...

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EP44 Samurai Armor - An Interview With Trevor Absolon Part 2
In part 2 of our interview with Trevor Absolon we continue our discussion on Samurai armor.   Trevor talks about the different approaches to collecting Samurai armor, advice for potential collectors, as well as comments on such things as Kawari Kabuto and armor with “battle damage”, and a whole lot more. Mentioned in this podcast: Toraba Japanese Samurai Armours: http://www.toraba.com Toraba Bookstore: http://www.toraba.com/samurai-armour-books.asp Sengoku Daimyo, Anthony J. Bryant's website: http://www.sen...

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EP43 Samurai Armor - An Interview With Trevor Absolon Part 1
In today's podcast, we talk with Trevor Absolon, Japanese armor expert and dealer, author, documentary producer, and owner of Japanese armor website Toraba.com. Trevor talks about how he got into the armor business as well as what we should know about Japanese armor, some of the mythology surrounding Japanese Samurai armor, and advice for anyone interested in starting their own armor collection. Join us for this inside look into the world of Japanese armor. This episode is part one of two. Mentioned in this...

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EP42 The Smithsonian Edo Period Book Digitization Project
In this episode, Travis discusses his experience as an intern at the Smithsonian Institute's Freer/Sackler Galleries in the Edo period book digitization program over the summer of 2011. He talks about the digitization process, as well as about the books and their binding and production, as well as why Japan never really got into using movable type in the printing process. He also reveals a little about what it's like in the Smithsonian's top-secret underground storage facilities. But not too much. The Digit...

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EP41 Currency in Ancient Japan
In this episode, your hosts examine the development of fiat and commodity currencies in Ancient Japan and the strategies used by the ruling class to encourage the distribution of coinage, as well as methods used by the ruling class to generate wealth. Mentioned in this podcast: Kobata Atsushi. Coinage from the Kamakura Period through the Edo Period.Acta Asiatica 21 (1971). pp98-108. Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.ama...

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EP40 Samurai as Commander - Q&A with Nate Ledbetter
In this episode we finish off our battle of Nagashino series with an interview and Q&A with Nate Ledbetter, author of "Samurai as Commander: The Battle of Nagashino (1575) and the Military Decision-Making Process". The focus of our interview today is the battle itself. Mentioned in this podcast: Higuchi Takaharu. Karyoku no Tairyô Tônyû o Kyodai na Senryoku Toshite Katsuyô. Nagashino no Tatakai. Tokyo: Gakken Publishing, 2010. Print. Pp 72-77. Higuchi Takaharu. Saigo ni Ketteida wo Ataeta Kiba Gundan ha Son...

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EP39 The Narrative and Analysis of the Battle of Nagashino
In this episode, Nate gives a narrative of the events of the battle of Nagashino, and his analysis of what happened on the battlefield. Find out how the battlefield was set up, troops arrayed, and how the battle went down in the 5th month of 1575. Mentioned in this podcast: Elisonas, J. and Lamers, J. The Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga BRILL (June 22, 2011) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/9004201629 Sadler, A.L. Shogun: The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu Tuttle Publishing (July 10, 2009) http://astore.amazo...

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EP38 The Military Decision Making Process in Analyzing Nagashino
This episode we interview Nate about using the US Military’s Military Decision Making Process as a tool to analyze the battle of Nagashino and other sengoku period battles. 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 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-2...

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EP37 Methodology - What Do Historians DO?
If you’ve ever wondered what the process is behind historical research, here’s your chance to find out. Your hosts talk about different methodologies of historical research and analysis, and the pros and cons of each in looking at Japanese history.  Mentioned in this podcast: Grossberg, Kenneth. Japan's Renaissance - The Politics of the Muromachi Bakufu Cornell University, New York, 2001http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1885445083 Hall, John W. Government and Local Power in Japan 500-1700: A Study ...

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EP36 Samurai As Commander - The Battle of Nagashino and the Military Decision-Making Process
In January 2012 Nate presented his paper, "Samurai as Commander: The Battle of Nagashino (1575) and the Military Decision-Making Process" at the Japan Studies Association conference, where he re-examines the battle of Nagashino, taking into account everything that a modern military analyst would examine, challenging the conventional story of what happened on the battlefield in 1575. Convention has it that Oda Nobunaga lined up 3,000 gunners behind palisades, and cut down each advancing wave of the Takeda ca...

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EP35 2012 Japan Studies Association Conference Roundtable Part 3
For part 3 of our JSA coverage, Chris, Nate, Travis, and guest host Alison Rapp continue their roundtable discussion of the 18th annual Japan Studies Association conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii on the Hawaii Tokai International College campus in January, 2012. Follow Alison Rapp on Twitter: @mnemosynekurai Presentations mentioned: The Impact of Internationalization of Minority Language Protectionin Japan: Insights for Ainu from Europe - Theresa Savage, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Refo...

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EP34 2012 Japan Studies Association Conference Roundtable Part 2
In part 2 of our Japan Studies Association conference coverage, Nate and Alison talk about their presentations, "Samurai as Commander: The Battle of Nagashino (1575) and the Military Decision-Making Process" and "Speech We Hate: An Argument for the Cessation of International Pressure on Japan to Strengthen its Anti-Child Pornography Laws" respectively, as well as discuss preparing for and presenting at academic conferences. Follow Alison Rapp on Twitter: @mnemosynekurai Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com...

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EP33 2012 Japan Studies Association Conference Roundtable Part 1
In this episode, Chris, Nate, Travis, and guest host Alison Rapp have a roundtable discussion about the 18th annual Japan Studies Association conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii on the Hawaii Tokai International College campus. This episode is part one of three, and topics include the "soft power" of Hello Kitty, economic theories of roving bandits and their applicability to 16th century Japan, the give and take between Japan and China vis a vis Chinese museum exhibits, and more. Follow Alison Rapp on Twitt...

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EP32 A Discussion of Hokusai’s Eight Views of Okinawa
This episode Travis talks about a conference he attended in October 2011 titled "Utopias and the Japanese Imaginary". Travis presented his paper on Hokusai's "Eight Views of Okinawa", a collection of eight woodblock prints done by Hokusai, who had never actually been to Okinawa. He discusses why Hokusai chose to do a collection of prints on Okinawa, despite never having been there, what resources he used, and why. Follow Travis on Twitter: @toranosukev Mentioned in this podcast: Izumisaki Bus station: https...

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EP31 Revenge in Edo Period Popular Culture and Entertainment
During the Edo period, tales of revenge taken from events of the day inspired artists, play writes, and entertainers alike, and developed into an entire genre of popular culture which we examine in this podcast. Mentioned in this podcast: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/B0002W4TOO Kabuki 21 All about Japan's traditional Theatre Art of Kabuki:  http://www.kabuki21.com/ Benten Kozo: http://www.kabuki21.com/benten_kozo.php Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi: http://www.k...

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EP30 A License to Kill: Blood Revenge During the Edo Period
Until Kataki-Uchi, or blood revenge, was outlawed by the Meiji government in 1873, it had a long history in Japan. But it wasn't until the Edo period where, in a move possibly unique to Japan, it became highly regulated, and laws, requirements, and restrictions were put into place to regulate vengeance. In this episode we talk about how and why revenge became regulated, and what the requirements were for someone who wanted to apply for a "license to kill" in order to take vengeance on someone who had wronge...

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EP29 14 Japanese Movies You Should See Part 2
In part 2 of our “14 Japanese Movies You Should See” podcast, we present our top 2 choices, as well as our honorable mentions. Mentioned in this podcast: Flickchart: http://www.flickchart.com Chris's Flickchart: http://www.flickchart.com/kuuzo Travis's Flickchart: http://www.flickchart.com/Toranosuke Supercar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTOflOgbsBg Ulfuls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teGJw2rD0y8 The Yakuza Film Rundown: http://www.yakuzafilm.com Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podca...

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EP28 14 Japanese Movies You Should See Part 1
In this episode, we take a short break from Japanese history to touch on another related interest - Japanese movies. With hundreds of Japanese movies now easily available in the West, it can be tough to filter through what is worth watching. So, we thought we'd put together a Japanese Movie podcast where we could recommend to you movies that we think you should see. Rather than recommend "the best" Japanese movies, we decided to focus on less known movies that are great for their own specific reasons that w...

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EP27 Symposium Report - Why Ryoma Now
On October 11th, 2011, a symposium entitled "Why Ryoma Now?" was held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was attended by Chris and Travis. The symposium was moderated by the head of the Sakamoto Ryoma museum in Kochi prefecture, and the panel included the 9th generation head of the Sakamoto family, a descendant of Katsu Kaishu, a John Manjiro researcher, and others. In this episode of the Samurai Archives Japan History Podcast, they report on what their expectations of the symposium we...

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EP26 A Chat With the Hosts of the Samurai Archives Podcast
This episode of the Samurai Archives Japan History Podcast, your hosts Nate, Chris, Travis, and Joseph talk about who they are and why they got interested in Japanese history. The hosts also comment on their interests and favorite books and historians. Mentioned in this Podcast: Astor, Gerald. A Blood-Dimmed Tide: The Battle of the Bulge by the Men Who Fought It Dell (December 3, 1993) http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Dimmed-Tide-Battle-Fought-Library/dp/0440215749/ Conlan, Thomas D.  State of War: The Violent O...

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EP25 Military History Lesson: Strategy Vs Tactics, A Sengoku Example
This episode of the Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast, we tackle  a recurring question that comes up time and again: the misunderstanding of "strategy" vs. "tactics" as used in military history.  Most people seem to think the words are interchangeable.  However, when you're discussing military history, it's important to use the correct terms because they imply completely different things.  This examination of the meaning and application of strategy, operations, and tactics is illustrated by both mod...

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EP24 Intro to Japanese History P15 - Tokugawa & Toyotomi Unification
For our final Introduction to Japanese History series podcast, we cover the last part of the Sengoku period. We start with the assassination of Oda Nobunaga by Akechi Mitsuhide in Kyoto while all of his other generals are scattered about the country. Toyotomi (Hashiba) Hideyoshi gets back to Kyoto first and avenges Nobunaga's death, and the unification of Japan continues under him, and then ultimately under Tokugawa Ieyasu. We cover the events and battles of this period, as well as answer some listener Q&A ...

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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 Japa...

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EP22 Intro to Japanese History P13 - Sengoku Daimyo Who’s Who
For the 13th episode of our Introduction to Japanese History series, we present a "Who's Who" of Daimyo of the later Sengoku period.  We cover the big names of the Sengoku, the Daimyo that anyone who has an interest in the Samurai would have heard of, and is a primer for those who are new to the Samurai.  Introduced in this podcast are Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Takeda Shingen, Uesugi Kenshin, and others. Mentioned in this podcast: Lamers, Jeroen. Japonius Tyrannus: The Japanese Warl...

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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 fal...

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EP20 Intro to Japanese History P11 - Prelude to the Sengoku
In this episode of our Introduction to Japanese History series, we look at the 15th century and the build up to the Onin war, and what would ultimately lead to the age of the country at war - the Sengoku period. Mentioned in this podcast: Durston, Diane. Old Kyoto: The Updated Guide to Traditional Shops, Restaurants, and Inns Kodansha USA; 2 edition (April 1, 2005) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/4770029942 Grossberg, Kenneth. From Feudal Chieftain to Secular Monarch: The Development of Shogunal ...

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EP19 Intro to Japanese History P10 - The Early Muromachi Period
For the 10th episode in our Intro to Japanese History podcast series, we examine the events that lead to the fall of the Kamakura Shogunate. Emperor Go-Daigo, deciding he wants a return to imperial rule without a Shogunate, enlists various warrior families to support him in overthrowing the Kamakura Bakufu and the Hojo regents - however not all goes as planned as Ashikaga Takauji, his ally turned enemy, ends his dream of imperial rule and establishes the Ashikaga Shogunate. Unfortunately for the Ashikaga cl...

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EP18 Intro to Japanese History P9 - The Mongol Invasions in Brief
Part nine of our Introduction to Japanese History series gives a brief overview of the two attempted Mongol Invasions of Japan during the 13th century, and the effect it had on the country in general, and the Hojo regents and Bakufu specifically. Mentioned in this podcast: Conlan, Thomas. In Little Need of Divine Intervention: Takezaki Suenaga's Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan Cornell Univ East Asia Program (August 2002) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/188544513X Sansom, George. A Histor...

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EP17 Intro to Japanese History P8 - The Kamakura Period
In part 8 of our Introduction to Japanese History podcast, we examine the early Kamakura period. Once Minamoto Yoritomo became Shogun, he began using the authority given to him by the emperor to solidify his power. Over the course of the next 20 years the Minamoto would usurp much of the power of the imperial court, only to be replaced completely by a line of puppet shoguns controlled by the Hojo Regents. Mentioned in this podcast: Brownlee, John. Crisis as Reinforcement of the Imperial Institution. The Cas...

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EP16 Intro to Japanese History P7 - The Minamoto and Taira
An important development in the history of Japan and the Heian period, was the rise of the warrior class, which would eventually bring about a true feudal system run by warriors. As more and more military responsibility was delegated to provincial warlords who were out of the sphere of influence of the capital, these warrior houses grew in power. The transition from a central government run by the Heian court to the rise of the warrior class as the controlling group began with the Taira clan, led by Taira K...

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EP15 Intro to Japanese History P6 - The Rise of the Warrior
In this episode of our Introduction to Japanese history series, we examine the rise of the warrior class during the Heian period. As the Heian period began, there was not a distinct warrior class, but armies were raised on an ad hoc basis when needed by the court to put down rebellions, bandits, and pirates. As the Heian period went on, provincial lords began to maintain professional warrior bands to protect their lands and legitimacy, and to go to war on behalf of the court. The court would continue to giv...

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EP14 Intro to Japanese History P5 - The Heian Period
Part five of our Introduction to Japanese History series covers the Heian period. The Heian period (794AD-1185AD) is named after Heian-kyo (present day Kyoto). The Heian period is known for it's art, literature, and poetry, as well as the spread of Tendai and Shingon Buddhism. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Mason, Penelope. History of Japanese Art Published jointly by Prentice Hall and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. October 4, 2004 http://astore.ama...

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EP13 Intro to Japanese History P4 - Asuka-Nara Part 2
Continuing our Introduction to Japanese History series is part 2 of our Asuka-Nara podcast. The Asuka-Nara period (538AD-794AD) is known for it's classic art and architecture, the introduction of Buddhism, and the Taika reforms and Ritsuryo system. Japan adopted many Chinese style institutions, began to form a national government, and started to assert itself internationally in East Asia. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Brown, Delmer (Editor...

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EP12 Intro to Japanese History P3 - Asuka-Nara Part 1
Continuing our Introduction to Japanese History podcast series, we will examine the Asuka-Nara period over two episodes. The Asuka-Nara period (538AD-794AD) is known for it's classic art and architecture, the introduction of Buddhism, and the Taika reforms and Ritsuryo system. Japan adopted many Chinese style institutions, began to form a national government, and started to assert itself internationally in East Asia. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this P...

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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...

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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, Se...

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EP09 Maritime Defense of Nagasaki During the Edo Period
After Japan closed its borders and kicked the Christian missionaries out of Japan, it was forced to undertake a national maritime defense to protect against any potential foreign threats. In this podcast, we examine the defense of the port of Nagasaki, from the political and military structure to the actual defenses constructed at the port. We also examine the successes and failures that occurred in Nagasaki, starting with the torching of a Portuguese ship and execution of most of its sailors in 1640, to th...

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EP08 Samurai Behaving Badly - Deceit and Deception
In the third and final of our Samurai Behaving Badly series, we examine Samurai deceit, deception, and betrayal - illustrated by a virtual rogues gallery of treacherous Samurai, including Yamato Takeru, Minamoto Yoshinaka, Akamatsu Mitsusuke, Hojo Soun, Oda Nobuhide, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Mori Motonari, the 47 Ronin, the Shinsengumi, and others. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Shogun-ki Blog The 47 Ronin: Feudal Drive-By Of Yore http://shogun...

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EP07 Samurai Behaving Badly - Surrender
Everyone is familiar with the classic image of the honorable Samurai, fearless in the face of death and ardently adhering to the tenets of Bushido, so we've decided give a counterpoint to this image with examples of Samurai deceit, deception, betrayal, and generally dishonorable mayhem. In the second of our Samurai Behaving Badly series, we examine the belief that Samurai would rather die than surrender - illustrated by examples from Ogasawara Nagatada, Yamanaka Shikanosuke, and Matsunaga Hisahide. Support ...

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EP06 Samurai Behaving Badly - Disloyalty
Everyone is familiar with the classic image of the honorable Samurai, fearless in the face of death and ardently adhering to the tenets of Bushido, so we've decided give a counterpoint to this image with examples of Samurai deceit, deception, betrayal, and generally dishonorable mayhem. In the first of our Samurai Behaving Badly series, we examine concepts of loyalty - loyalty to clan, lord, and family, with examples of grievous disloyalty from the likes of Akechi Mitsuhide, Araki Murashige, Kobayakawa Hide...

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EP05 The Myth of Samurai Giving Up the Gun
In this podcast we examine the myth of Japan's Samurai giving up the gun during the Edo period (1603-1868). In 1979, Professor Noel Perrin wrote a book called Giving Up the Gun, Japan's Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879, and in this book he claims that Japan gave up the gun, or "put the genie back in the bottle" as it were, and pushes his theory to show that the contemporary nuclear arms race happening as he wrote the book could be reversed. A great thought, unfortunately in academic circles in the West and...

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EP04 Guns During the Sengoku Period
From the 1540's through the battle of Nagashino and on until the end of the Sengoku period (Approx. 1477-1615) , Western guns in Japan played a bigger and bigger role in war and revolutionized warfare during the 16th century. In this podcast, your hosts examine the use and distribution of Western guns during this time with records of the numbers of guns held by Daimyo armies and deployed in battle, and how warfare changed during this period. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarc...

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EP03 The History of Guns in Medieval Japan
In the 3rd episode of the Samurai Archives Podcast, your hosts tackle the history of the gun in Japan prior to and including the introduction of firearms by the Portuguese in the 1540's. Contrary to popular belief, and often overlooked by historians, guns did in fact make their way into Japan as early as the 1450's, mainly through Ryukyu or to mainland Japan via China and Korea. Although they remained more of an oddity or curio until they were mass produced beginning in the 1540's, there are accounts of the...

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EP02 The Battle of Nagashino and Its Context in the Military Revolution P2
This is part 2 of 2 of our Battle of Nagashino podcast. Few battles in Japanese history are as hyped or misunderstood as the Battle of Nagashino. For over 400 years, an iconic image of the modern forces of Oda Nobunaga, using Western guns to destroy the traditional Takeda cavalry, held sway over interpretations by both Japanese and Western historians. The Battle of Nagashino took place on 29 June, 1575. The campaign occurred in Mikawa province, in the vicinity of Nagashino Castle, hence the name. However, t...

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EP01 The Battle of Nagashino and Its Context in the Military Revolution
Few battles in Japanese history are as hyped or misunderstood as the Battle of Nagashino. For over 400 years, an iconic image of the modern forces of Oda Nobunaga, using Western guns to destroy the traditional Takeda cavalry, held sway over interpretations by both Japanese and Western historians. The Battle of Nagashino took place on 29 June, 1575. The campaign occurred in Mikawa province, in the vicinity of Nagashino Castle, hence the name. However, the main engagement that came to be known as the Battle o...

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Seals of Red and Letters of Gold - An Interview With Travis Seifman
In this podcast, originally recorded in April 2010, Joseph (Author of the Ancient Japan Blog: http://japanesearchaeology.com) and Chris interview Travis Seifman about his recently published article Seals of Red and Letters of Gold: Japanese Relations with Southeast Asia in the 17th Century, which can be found here: http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/18229. The paper is a version of his M.A. dissertation in Japanese Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, a...

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AAS/ICAS Conference Wrap-up Part 2
Your intrepid hosts Chris, Nate, and Travis are back for part 2 of the AAS/ICAS (The Association for Asian Studies and the International Convention of Asia Scholars) Conference wrap-up. This time they examine the themes and concepts presented in the seminar entitled Negotiating One's Place in Japan's Long Sixteenth Century. The presentations in this Sengoku-specific seminar included: An Individual Paradigm for Merchant Success at the Close of the Long Sixteenth Century, Suzanne Gay So Many Choices (And So F...

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AAS/ICAS Conference Wrap-up
Travis Seifman, author of the recently published article Seals of Red and Letters of Gold - Japanese Relations with Southeast Asia in the 17th Century, and conference attendee joins Chris and Nate with part one of the AAS/ICAS (The Association for Asian Studies and the International Convention of Asia Scholars) Conference wrap-up. They go over a few more seminars that they had attended, as well as comments and reactions to the lectures, speakers, and the conference itself. The seminars and lectures mentione...

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AAS/ICAS Conference, Day 1, Part 2
For the next podcast in our conference series, your hosts Nate and Chris come to you again live from the AAS/ICAS (The Association for Asian Studies and the International Convention of Asia Scholars) Conference held in Honolulu. They finish up the rundown of the Zen Buddhism and the Muromachi Shogunate seminar, and then give their comments and reactions to a Linguistics seminar and seminar on the digital archives of the Japan Center for Asian Historical Records. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.p...

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AAS/ICAS Conference, Day 1
For the first podcast in our conference series, your hosts Nate and Chris come to you live from the AAS/ICAS (The Association for Asian Studies and the International Convention of Asia Scholars) Conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii, from March 31st to April 3rd, 2011. You'll hear reactions and comments on the first few seminars of the first day, including lectures covering Japan's current security issues, religion and manga, and Zen Buddhism and the Muromachi Shogunate. Recorded on site at a table at the con...

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