History of Japan

In which we bring things to a close by considering the fall of the Butokukai, the spread of budo beyond Japan, the role of martial arts in the African-American community, the question of Olympic sport status, and the challenge of the UFC. It's gonna be a busy week.

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This week: can a martial art be a philosophy of life? Can it rise to the level of a religion? 

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This week: karate comes to mainland Japan (and gets a rebrand in the process), and the Butokukai's attempts to militarize the martial arts backfire when the Americans come to town.

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This week: the rise of judo and of the modern budo, and karate strikes back!

 

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This week: who wants to swing a sword when you can just shoot a gun?

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

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This week: what are three educated women to do in a society that doesn't value their education?

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

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This week: what, in the end, did the Occupation mean -- for both the occupied and the occupier? 

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This week: what was it like to live through the Occupation? How did people get by? And why is Kurosawa Akira objectively the greatest director ever? 

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