History of Japan (general)

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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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

This week: the Port Arthur campaign, from start to finish. Wasn't this supposed to be a cakewalk?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_168.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

This week -- negotiations between the two sides begin in St. Petersburg, but neither Japan nor Russia is really committed to peacefully working things out. In Imperial Japanese Army HQ, the first steps towards an actual plan for war are formulated: but how to neutralize the many advantages Russia holds?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_165.mp3
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Someday, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, accept this episode as a gift on my podcast's release day. 

Pull off your shirt to reveal your gang tattoos, it's time for the yakuza!

Direct download: History_of_Japan_144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:58pm EST

1864 is probably the most important year in the Meiji Restoration that nobody really has heard of; the Tokugawa will come as close to winning their fight for control of Japan as they ever will, and the shishi movement will end up on the ropes. So, how did the Tokugawa stage such an effective comeback, and why did Tokugawa victories end up laying the groundwork for Tokugawa defeats down the line? All that and more, this week!

Direct download: History_of_Japan_127.mp3
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This week, we'll move into the tumultuous events of 1863. Challenges foreign and domestic are going to upset the balance of power that has existed since the death of Ii Naosuke, and drive Japan ever closer to civil war.

Direct download: History_of_Japan_126.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:51pm EST

This week, we look at the Revisionist critiques of the atomic bomb. Why did America use it, and was it really necessary to end the Pacific War?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_112.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:48am EST

For our longest (non-Q&A) episode ever, we'll discuss the development of the Manhattan Project as the odd couple of Leslie Groves and Robert Oppenheimer work to complete the greatest feat of scientific engineering in history.

Direct download: History_of_Japan_109.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am EST

This week: did the postwar period destroy the soul of Japanese culture? Mishima Yukio certainly thought so. We'll explore his life, his career, and the unusual manner of his untimely death this week!

Direct download: History_of_Japan_104.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:45pm EST

This week: your questions! What places are fun to visit Japanese? How do you learn Japanese outside of school? And does the Emperor obey traffic laws when he drives himself? All that and more today!

Direct download: History_of_Japan_102.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

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