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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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Oct 30, 2018

This episode we look at the relations between Ryukyu (Okinawa), the Shimazu clan of Satsuma province, and the Bakufu, and Okinawa's eventual invasion in 1609.

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Sep 28, 2018

This episode we talk about the development of tea culture and the tea ceremony during the 15th and 16th century.  Tea as an art began to develop throughout the late 15th and early 16th century into an activity that brought commoners, aristocrats, and Daimyo together in the tea rooms across Japan, and tea masters such as...

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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