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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 19, 2011

On October 11th, 2011, a symposium entitled "Why Ryoma Now?" was held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was attended by Chris and Travis. The symposium was moderated by the head of the Sakamoto Ryoma museum in Kochi prefecture, and the panel included the 9th generation head of the Sakamoto family, a descendant of Katsu Kaishu, a John Manjiro researcher, and others. In this episode of the Samurai Archives Japan History Podcast, they report on what their expectations of the symposium were, and what the symposium actually consisted of - and why the expectations didn't match with reality.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Beasley, W. The Meiji Restoration Stanford University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 1972)

Hillsborough, Romulus. Ryoma: Life of a Renaissance Samurai Ridgeback Pr (May 1999)

Ichimujin - Official Site

Japanese Castle Explorer -

When the Last Sword Is Drawn Directed by Yôjirô Takita

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