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. The Official Podcast of the Samurai Archives Japanese History page.

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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. The Official Podcast of the Samurai Archives Japanese History page.
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2019-10-24 14:00
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Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
24.10.2019

Travel and Tourism in Premodern Japan P1

This episode I'm joined by Marky Star of the JapanThis blog, and Dr. Travis Seifman to talk about travel and tourism in premodern Japan. We have a very wide ranging conversation that includes modern Japanese tourism, where to go to find the history of ...
The Samurai Archives author
27.09.2019

Japan and the Chinese Tributary System P2

In this episode we continue our discussion of Japan's place in the "Chinese World Order". For thousands of years China was the center of culture and commerce in East Asia, and disseminated trade and political systems and ideology through a tribute syst...
The Samurai Archives Japanese History Page author
27.08.2019

Japan and the Chinese Tributary System P1

In this episode we discuss Japan's place in the "Chinese World Order". For thousands of years China was the center of culture and commerce in East Asia, and disseminated trade and political systems and ideology through a tribute system, which Japan had...
The Samurai Archives Japanese History Page author
22.07.2019

Sengoku Daimyo Mori Motonari - All Out War - Tales of the Samurai #7

By the mid-1550's, Mori Motonari had expanded and consolidated his power base considerably.  But with the Ouchi, Otomo, and Amako threats ever present, it was only a matter of time before the Mori clan would be thrust into an all out war for the West. ...
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20.06.2019

The Rise of Sengoku Daimyo Mori Motonari - Tales of the Samurai #6

Early in the Sengoku period in 1523, Mori Motonari became the unexpected head of a scrappy little warrior house in Aki province, caught between two powerful warring clans. Motonari would eventually parlay his small holdings into one of the most powerfu...
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29.04.2019

An Introduction to Daimyo Alternate Attendance ‚Äď Sankin Kotai P2

This episode we continue our discussion of the Edo-period concept of "Sankin Kotai" - Daimyo alternate attendance. The system of Sankin Kotai developed by the Tokugawa Shogunate required that Daimyo reside in the Tokugawa castle at Edo for periods of t...
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31.03.2019

An Introduction to Daimyo Alternate Attendance ‚Äď Sankin Kotai P1

This episode we introduce the Edo-period concept of "Sankin Kotai" - Daimyo alternate attendance.  The system of Sankin Kotai developed by the Tokugawa Shogunate required that Daimyo reside in the Tokugawa castle at Edo for periods of time, alternating...
The Samurai Archives Japanese History Page author
25.02.2019

The Samurai and the Evolutionary Psychology of Violence and Warfare - Tales of the Samurai #5

Have you ever wondered where our human propensity for violence and history of warfare comes from?  Why there is such an established history of violence among humans, and why are we so good at killing and conducting war?  In this episode, we look at the...
The Samurai Archives Japanese History Page author
31.12.2018

Weird Weapons of the Samurai

This episode guest host Jaredd Wilson, the host of the "Martial Thoughts Podcast" introduces you to the Weird Weapons of the Samurai. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: http://...
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29.11.2018

The Shimazu Clan, Ryukyu, and the Bakufu P2

This episode we continue our look at the relations between Ryukyu (Okinawa), the Shimazu clan, and the Bakufu, and Okinawa's eventual invasion in 1609. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use...
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30.10.2018

The Shimazu Clan, Ryukyu, and the Bakufu P1

This episode we look at the relations between Ryukyu (Okinawa), the Shimazu clan of Satsuma province, and the Bakufu, and Okinawa's eventual invasion in 1609. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.co...
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28.09.2018

The Medieval History of Japanese Tea - Tales of the Samurai #4

This episode we talk about the development of tea culture and the tea ceremony during the 15th and 16th century.  Tea as an art began to develop throughout the late 15th and early 16th century into an activity that brought commoners, aristocrats, and D...
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27.08.2018

The Top Ten Samurai Films of All Time P2

We're back with part two of our picks for the top 10 Samurai films of all time, finishing up with our top five, as well as the listener top five. If you're inclined to pick up some of these movies on amazon.com, please use our link, and help out the po...
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24.07.2018

The Top Ten Samurai Films of All Time P1

You wanted it, we provided it - our list of the top ten Samurai films of all time.  In this episode, myself, Mike Baker, and Michael Reid give you our top Samurai film picks.  We cover number ten through number six in this episode, and we'll reveal our...
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6.06.2018

The Early History of Japanese Tea - Tales of the Samurai #3

In this episode we go way back to the early history of tea in Japan; where it came from, who brought it, who drank it, and why.  We look at tea's trip from Buddhist medicine to a fancy high-end foreign drink, to a drink for the masses, and how it got f...
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1.05.2018

Talking Tea and Philosophy with Dr. Jesse Workman

In this episode we talk to philosopher Dr. Jesse Workman about the history and philosophy of Japanese tea, and its influence on Western philosophy as well as it's dark role in the Japanese imperial government leading up to WWII. Support the podcast on ...
The Samurai Archives Japanese History Page author
3.04.2018

EP141 Discussion of the Nara Period Military Defense Statute P2

In this episode we talk 8th century Japanese military organization as stated in the Military Defense Statute of the Yoro code.  Part two of two. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our li...
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1.03.2018

Discussion of the Nara Period Military Defense Statute P1

In this episode we talk 8th century Japanese military organization as stated in the Military Defense Statute of the Yoro code.  Part one of two. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our li...
The Samurai Archives Japanese History Page author
31.01.2018

EP139 Uesugi Kenshin Facts and Fictions - Guest Host Scott Patrick

In this episode, guest host Scott Patrick talks about various aspects of the facts and myths of legendary Sengoku Daimyo Uesugi Kenshin. Scott's Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDx0cC-B-wE&list=PL2kqaN6M4aZ1zKeeqj17tF_MjBXZOiCQb Scott...
The Samurai Archives Japanese History Page author
31.12.2017

The Revenge of the 47 Ronin - Tales of the Samurai #2

 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 th...
The Samurai Archives Japanese History Page author
1.12.2017

EP137 Ouchi Clan Documents and the Battle of Funaokayama P2

Part 2 of our talk about the battle of Funaokayama, where the Ouchi and Rokkaku defeated the Hosokawa in 1511, and the primary source documents that Nate translated in this research. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchiv...
4.11.2017

EP136 Ouchi Clan Documents and the Battle of Funaokayama P1

In this episode, Nate talks about the battle of Funaokayama, where the Ouchi and Rokkaku defeated the Hosokawa in 1511, and the primary source documents that he translated in this research. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samur...
9.10.2017

Seppuku: Samurai Suicide - Tales of the Samurai #1

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 i...
30.08.2017

EP134 Double Harakiri - BONUS EPISODE 10

In this episode, Chris and Forest talk about the two versions of "Harakiri", the original directed by Masaki Kobayashi, and the remake directed by Takashi Miike. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon...
30.07.2017

EP133 Teaching Japanese History

This episode we talk to Mike Baker, who developed and taught a Japanese history class at the university level at Worcester State University. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com?  Use our link: ...
30.06.2017

EP132 Okinawa: Crossing the Meiji Divide P2

In part two, Travis continues his discussion on the position Okinawa was put in during the late Edo period by the visiting Commodore Matthew Perry, and the complex associations between Okinawa, Japan, and China at the time. Support the podcast on Patre...
30.05.2017

EP131 Okinawa: Crossing the Meiji Divide P1

In this episode Travis talks about his research on Okinawa.  In part one, he talks about the position Okinawa was put in during the late Edo period by the visiting Commodore Matthew Perry, and the complex associations between Okinawa, Japan, and China ...
30.04.2017

EP130 Ninja Movies! An Interview with Mance Thompson

This episode we talk to the world's foremost Japanese ninja movie researcher Mance Thompson about the history and development of Ninja movies in Japan and their spread to the United States. He also gives his recommendations for the best Japanese ninja ...
22.03.2017

EP129 So You Want to be a Historian P2

Last episode we talked about the process of finding and getting into a graduate program for Japanese history, and this episode we talk about what actually goes on in a Japanese history graduate program, and Nate talks about the various translations tha...
4.01.2017

EP128 So You Want to be a Historian P1

In this episode we talk to Nate, who is currently in a PhD program for Japanese history/Asian studies.  If you are thinking about becoming a historian, or are applying to graduate programs already, this episode is for you.  We cover some of the variety...
2.10.2016

EP127 A History of the Martial Arts with Jaredd Wilson

Jaredd Wilson joins the podcast to take us through a history of the martial arts from ancient cultural traditions, to the advent of sport martial arts in the 19th and 20th centuries, to the future of the martial arts. Follow Jaredd on Twitter: @martial...
30.07.2016

EP126 Japan This! Marky Star Returns

We're back again with JapanThis! blogger Marky Star.  We talk to him about his blog, his new podcast, and his new Japanese history tours that he runs out of Tokyo. Japan This! Blog http://markystar.wordpress.com/ Japan This! on Youtube https://www.yout...
5.06.2016

EP125 Japan This! Legends of Setagaya

Marky Star of the Japan This! Blog and podcast talks about the origin of locations within Setagaya in Tokyo, and their ties to legends of the Samurai.   Japan This! Blog http://markystar.wordpress.com/ Japan This! on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/cha...
11.04.2016

EP124 Philosophy of Gods and Monsters

The Rogue Philosopher Jesse Workman is back to talk about the human perception of reality.  When reading history, it is easy to forget - or not even consider - that people 500 years ago weren't just more ignorant versions of ourselves; they experienced...
19.02.2016

EP123 Busting the Myths of the Samurai P2

In this episode, your hosts go back to basics and bust the popular myths of the Samurai.  They look at Loyalty, Honor, who could become Samurai, Seppuku, and other myths and misconceptions of the Samurai.  This  episode is part two of two. Mentioned in...
19.01.2016

EP122 Busting the Myths of the Samurai P1

In this episode, your hosts go back to basics and bust the popular myths of the Samurai.  They look at Loyalty, Honor, who could become Samurai, Seppuku, and other myths and misconceptions of the Samurai.  This  episode is part one of two.Mentioned in ...
30.12.2015

EP121 Peasant Life During the Edo Period P2

In this episode we tackle the Edo peasantry, the millet grubbing dirt farmers and fish mongers that acted as the economic base of the Tokugawa Bakufu.  Part two of two.Mentioned in this podcast:Kalland, Arne. Fishing Villages in Tokugawa Japan Univ of ...
15.12.2015

EP120 Peasant Life During the Edo Period P1

In this episode we tackle the Edo peasantry, the millet grubbing dirt farmers and fish mongers that acted as the economic base of the Tokugawa Bakufu.  Part one of two.Mentioned in this podcast:Kalland, Arne. Fishing Villages in Tokugawa Japan Univ of ...
10.11.2015

EP119 Military History and Japanese Studies P2

In this episode, Nate talks about the intersection of Military history and Japanese studies in the USA and the West.  He also gives a rundown of the history of Military History, as well as what it is and how it has changed over the decades. Part two of...
17.10.2015

EP118 Military History and Japanese Studies P1

In this episode, Nate talks about the intersection of Military history and Japanese studies in the USA and the West.  He also gives a rundown of the history of Military History, as well as what it is and how it has changed over the decades. Part one of...
21.09.2015

EP117 Samurai Clans, Houses, and Families P2

Samurai would go to great lengths to protect and glorify their names in action and in battle.  In this episode, we look at the value placed on the Samurai "name" in the context of individuals, clans, Samurai houses, and families. We also look at the co...
31.08.2015

EP116 Samurai Clans, Houses, and Families P1

Samurai would go to great lengths to protect and glorify their names in action and in battle.  In this episode, we look at the value placed on the Samurai "name" in the context of individuals, clans, Samurai houses, and families. We also look at the co...
17.08.2015

EP115 Wind, Forest, Fire, and Mountain: Resource Management in the Takeda Domain P2

In part two of our conversation with UCSB PhD candidate and Environmental Historian Elijah Bender, we continue our discussion of the resource management of Kai province, and look at how it was dealt with at the provincial level by the Daimyo.Elijah Ben...
27.07.2015

EP114 Wind, Forest, Fire, and Mountain: Resource Management in the Takeda Domain P1

In this episode, we have a great conversation with UCSB PhD candidate and Environmental Historian Elijah Bender.  Elijah's focus is on resource management in Kai province, the domain of the Takeda clan and Takeda Shingen.  The discussion ranges from ho...
8.07.2015

EP113 You Can't Spell "Bushido" Without "Bull"

There's a good chance that everything you know about Bushido is wrong.In this episode, which is a rebroadcast of an episode that was done for the Martial Thoughts podcast, Nate talks about the history, progression, and roots of the "code", concept, and...
29.06.2015

EP112 "What If" and Japanese History - BONUS EPISODE 9

In this episode, Chris and Forest look at the utility of asking "What If...?" about events in Japanese history. Some people love it, some people hate it, but can one find value in the intellectual enterprise of asking "what if"?  In an attempt to see i...
14.06.2015

EP111 Revisiting the Military Revolution Theory P2

In part two of our revisitation of the Military Revolution theory we continue our look at the 2013 artilcle 'Military Revolution ini Early Modern Japan' by Matthew Stavros that looks at applying the Military Revolution theory to Japan's Sengoku period ...
27.05.2015

EP110 Revisiting the Military Revolution Theory P1

In this episode, we revisit the Military Revolution theory with A Short History of Japan's Cameron Foster.  We look at the 2013 artilcle 'Military Revolution ini Early Modern Japan' by Matthew Stavros that looks at applying the Military Revolution theo...
12.05.2015

EP109 Orientalism and Ideology

This episode we speak to scholar, philosopher, and PhD candidate Jesse Workman about the history of the concept of "Orientalism" - essentially the idea that one's culture, background, religion, and/or ideology can infect one's scholarship as it pertain...
20.04.2015

EP108 The Martial Arts in the Modern World

Jaredd Wilson is back again to talk about the state and place of traditional martial arts in today's world of the internet, cage fighting, and the UFC.  We talk about how things have changed in the martial arts in the past few decades, and also address...