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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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Nov 25, 2021

About 7 years ago, back in 2014, Forest Seal and myself did a bunch of episodes discussing various themes in Japanese history, and one episode that was never finished was this episode on the Sengoku Daimyo. The battery died while recording, and the reason we never revisited it was that it ended up more as a lecture, and...

Jan 30, 2020

In far Northern Japan on the peripheries of the known world, an aggressive and moody child with one eye and a bad temper would come to prominence almost despite himself.

Date Masamune, AKA the "One-Eyed Dragon" would eventually become a powerful and enigmatic ruler in the far North who won the respect of some of the...

Jul 22, 2019

By the mid-1550's, Mori Motonari had expanded and consolidated his power base considerably.  But with the Ouchi, Otomo, and Amako threats ever present, it was only a matter of time before the Mori clan would be thrust into an all out war for the West.

Outro music "Two Swords" by _ghost

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Jun 20, 2019

Early in the Sengoku period in 1523, Mori Motonari became the unexpected head of a scrappy little warrior house in Aki province, caught between two powerful warring clans.
Motonari would eventually parlay his small holdings into one of the most powerful Samurai families in all of Western Japan.  This is the story of his...

Nov 29, 2018

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

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