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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


Follow your hosts on a trek into Japanese history, from ancient Japan to the end of the Samurai and all points in between - culture, warfare, literature, and interviews. Simply stated, our mission is to bridge the gap between the popular and the academic, and to bring the world of academic Japanese history accessible to a wider audience through discussion of topics and authors in an informative but informal manner. We encourage those listeners who want to know more to seek out works by the historians and authors we reference and interview, and to contribute to the conversation. Conversely, we hope scholars can view us as a way to reach a broader, non-specialist audience and raise the bar for general understandings of Japanese history. The Official Podcast of the Samurai Archives Japanese History page.

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Nov 4, 2017

In this episode, Nate talks about the battle of Funaokayama, where the Ouchi and Rokkaku defeated the Hosokawa in 1511, and the primary source documents that he translated in this research.

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Oct 9, 2017

In this episode, I go deep into the history of Samurai suicide: Seppuku, from it's legendary origins to the modern day.  All aspects of Seppuku are covered, from the proper methods, the ceremony, the types of cuts, as well as the physical and medical implications of cutting your stomach.  I also look at the psychology...

Aug 30, 2017

In this episode, Chris and Forest talk about the two versions of "Harakiri", the original directed by Masaki Kobayashi, and the remake directed by Takashi Miike.

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Jul 30, 2017

This episode we talk to Mike Baker, who developed and taught a Japanese history class at the university level at Worcester State University.

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Jun 30, 2017

In part two, Travis continues his discussion on the position Okinawa was put in during the late Edo period by the visiting Commodore Matthew Perry, and the complex associations between Okinawa, Japan, and China at the time.

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