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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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Aug 27, 2018

We're back with part two of our picks for the top 10 Samurai films of all time, finishing up with our top five, as well as the listener top five.

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Jul 24, 2018

You wanted it, we provided it - our list of the top ten Samurai films of all time.  In this episode, myself, Mike Baker, and Michael Reid give you our top Samurai film picks.  We cover number ten through number six in this episode, and we'll reveal our top five Samurai movies in the next episode.  So put in your...

Jun 6, 2018

In this episode we go way back to the early history of tea in Japan; where it came from, who brought it, who drank it, and why.  We look at tea's trip from Buddhist medicine to a fancy high-end foreign drink, to a drink for the masses, and how it got from the monastery to the millet grubbing dirt farmers.

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May 1, 2018

In this episode we talk to philosopher Dr. Jesse Workman about the history and philosophy of Japanese tea, and its influence on Western philosophy as well as it's dark role in the Japanese imperial government leading up to WWII.

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Apr 3, 2018

In this episode we talk 8th century Japanese military organization as stated in the Military Defense Statute of the Yoro code.  Part two of two.

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