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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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Mar 7, 2013

Japan’s self imposed “isolation”, known as “sakoku”, was ostensibly in effect from the 1630’s to the 1850’s. Despite the view that Japan was completely isolated and walled off from the rest of the world, there was considerable international trade and activity happening throughout the period.  This is part one of two.

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