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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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Oct 9, 2017

In this episode, I go deep into the history of Samurai suicide: Seppuku, from it's legendary origins to the modern day.  All aspects of Seppuku are covered, from the proper methods, the ceremony, the types of cuts, as well as the physical and medical implications of cutting your stomach.  I also look at the psychology of suicide and modern suicide theory as a way to understand the Samurai mindset, and also go over a multitude of historical examples of Samurai suicide.  Everything you've ever wanted to know about Seppuku but were afraid to ask is all right here.

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