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Apr 29, 2022

There's no regular History of Japan episode this week. Instead, here's a wonderful episode of my other podcast, Criminal Records, about three things of deep concern to any self-respecting podcast audience: organized crime, the drug trade, and rocket launchers!

See you all next week.

Jan 21, 2022

This week, we're covering the founding of Japan's most unusual city: Nagasaki, unique among major Japanese cities in being founded under the impetus of the Jesuit order. Why did Jesuit missionaries want a port of their own, and who did they find to give it to them?

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Oct 8, 2021

How did it all go so very wrong?

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No episode this week

Jul 30, 2021

There is no new episode this week as I am on a long overdue family vacation. I'll see you all next week!


Apr 30, 2021

We're trapped in a loop this week as Isaac talks about another Isaac: specifically, Isaac Titsingh, a member of the Dutch trade station at Nagasaki and one of the famous European interpreters of Japanese history and culture to the West.

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