History of Japan (general)

This week, we cover the story of Engelbert Kaempfer, who wrote one of the most thorough and best known accounts of Japan for Western consumption before the Meiji era. How did this random German dude end up in Japan? What did he write about it? What did he think of it? And why do we care? 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_246.mp3
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This week, we cover the Miike coal mine strike of 1960. As labor and management do battle over the future of the mines, how will the future of the country be shaped by their clash? 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_245.mp3
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Note: Since this week we're talking about the sex trade, I've taken the precaution of giving this episode an explicit tag. However, it does not include any more language than usual; it's just a precaution because iTunes can get pretty finicky about this stuff.

So with that in mind, let's get down and dirty into the world of prostitution!

Direct download: History_of_Japan_234.mp3
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This week, we tackle the history of the Burakumin. Where did this outcast group come from? Why does discrimination against them remain an issue? What steps has the government taken to protect them, and what steps have they taken to get organized and push back?

AMA link here.

Direct download: History_of_Japan_233.mp3
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This week, we spend an entire history podcast talking about someone who may not even have actually existed -- the legendary thief Ishikawa Goemon. 

 

The live link for the AMA is: 

https://whatpods.com/ama/history-of-japan/.

 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_232.mp3
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This week, we spend an entire history podcast talking about someone who may not even have actually existed -- the legendary thief Ishikawa Goemon. 

 

The live link for the AMA is: 

https://whatpods.com/ama/history-of-japan/.

 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_232.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

This week, we wrap up the life of Japan's 124th Emperor. What, in the end, did it all mean?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_231.mp3
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How does a man raised to be a military autocrat become a democratic emperor in just a few short years? Or is that even possible?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_230.mp3
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This week: Hirohito goes to war. What did he know, how much did he direct things himself, and ultimately, how much responsibility does he bear for the greatest cataclysm in the history of East Asia?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_229.mp3
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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? 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_190.mp3
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