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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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Dec 20, 2014

For our 100th episode (and 7th bonus episode) we take it live to Mifune restaurant in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.  Chris (Twitter: @samuraiarchives), Marky Star (Twitter: @JapanThis) and Lonny (Twitter: @Rekishinotabi) get into the epic life of Tokugawa Ienari, why Kondo Isami raises his sake cup with his left hand,...

Dec 5, 2014

In this episode we talk about the development of castle towns during the medieval period of Japanese history, the whys and hows, and how the structure of castle towns affected urban planning through to the modern era.

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Nov 20, 2014

In part two of our philosophical musings on Samurai, Bushido, and death, Chris and Forest look at how one's perception of reality constrains and shapes thier outlook and actions, and would have surely shaped the views and actions of the Samurai.  The intent in going off to battle as a Samurai wasn't to valiantly...

Nov 5, 2014

Welcome to our sixth bonus episode, which we'll be splitting into two parts. In part one, Chris and Forest look at the self-serving nature of Bushido and the spectre of death that stalked the Samurai on the battlefield.  It is often claimed that not only did Samurai not fear death, they embraced it, if not actively...

Oct 20, 2014

In this episode we speak to Jesse Workman, Philosophy and Religious studies PhD candidate, about the interchange of ideas and religions in the ancient world, and how the early religions of Europe affected Asian thought and religion and vice versa by way of the Silk Road.  Also discussed are the insane distances...