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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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Apr 28, 2012

In this episode, Travis discusses his experience as an intern at the Smithsonian Institute's Freer/Sackler Galleries in the Edo period book digitization program over the summer of 2011. He talks about the digitization process, as well as about the books and their binding and production, as well as why Japan never really got into using movable type in the printing process. He also reveals a little about what it's like in the Smithsonian's top-secret underground storage facilities. But not too much.

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Ikegami, Eiko. Bonds of Civility Cambridge University Press (February 28, 2005)

Screech, Timon. Sex and the Floating World Reaktion Books; Second Edition edition (November 15, 2009)

Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan Website

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