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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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Dec 31, 2017

 Everyone knows the tale of the 47 Ronin, right?  A stalwart band of righteous Bushido-inspired Samurai take revenge against a greedy and corrupt government official on behalf of their dead lord.  That's the story.  But what REALLY happened?  What's the real story?  

Was Kira Yoshinaka a despicable and corrupt villain, or were the 47 Ronin 47 thugs dispensing street justice on an innocent old man in the 18th century version of a feudal drive-by?  



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