Oct 21, 2022
This week: the beginning of a multipart biography of two of the best documented figures we know very little about: Emperor Komei, and his son and heir Meiji, whose name would end up defining one of the most important eras in Japanese history.
Oct 14, 2022
This week: political infighting about purple robes and what it can tell us about Buddhism, political power, and the relationship of religion and the state. Plus, a brief biography of Takuan, a man who is famous for far more than the pickled radishes named after him!
Oct 3, 2022
Hello all: due to my very first COVID-19 infection, there won't be a new episode this week. We'll be back as normal next week.