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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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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 nine 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 nine years ago

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