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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


Feb 8, 2015

This episode, we talk to Trevor Absolon about the Soma Noma Oi - a festival in Fukushima, Japan that has a history going back 1,000 years.  Trevor produced a documentary on the festival, and we discuss the events and history of the festival, his personal involvement, and the impact of the 2011 tsunami that devastated the region.  Part one of two.

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over two years ago

Wow. The direct descendants of the local lords are still active in this? I guess I shouldn't be so shocked - after all, the Shimazu, the Tokugawa, and many other families do still have a family head, and some kind of family institution.

Which clan, and which domain, was this? The Itakura of Fukushima domain? Or is it Aizu or one of the other domains of the area?

over two years ago

Ah. Nevermind. I jumped the gun. He mentions it later in the podcast - the Sôma clan of Iwashiro province, Nakamura han.