Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast

By Jaredd Wilson

On Going since Sep 2011 • Updated bimonthy

Official Podcast of the Samurai Archives Japanese History page. Follow your hosts on a trek into Japanese history, from ancient Japan to the Samurai.

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  Direct Link   Download 67 Minutes 25 Feb 2019

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 evolutionary psychology that drives our violent behaviors through the lens of Japanese history to answer these questions and more. Outtro Music: Sex audio & video by Asian Women on the Telephone Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks, Marty Brennan. . .

  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 31 Dec 2018

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://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks, Marty Brennan. . .

  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 29 Nov 2018

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 our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks, Marty Brennan. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 30 Oct 2018

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.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks, Marty Brennan. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 28 Sep 2018

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 Daimyo together in the tea rooms across Japan, and tea masters such as Murata Shuko, Takeno Joo, and Sen no Rikyu came to prominence. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks, Marty Brennan. . .

  Direct Link   Download 85 Minutes 27 Aug 2018

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 podcast: https://amzn.to/2w8d8dp Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks, Marty Brennan. . .

  Direct Link   Download 71 Minutes 24 Jul 2018

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 top five Samurai movies in the next episode. So put in your earbuds, and bring something to write on. You don't want to miss this one! Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 06 Jun 2018

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 from the monastery to the millet grubbing dirt farmers. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 01 May 2018

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 Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 03 Apr 2018

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 link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis. . .

  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 01 Mar 2018

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 link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 31 Jan 2018

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's Blog: https://samuraistories.wordpress.com/ Uesugi Kenshin thread on the Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com/topic/8086686/1/ Dennis Darling's Uesugi Kenshin thesis: http://www.uesugi.dk/afhandl.pdf Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis. . .

  Direct Link   Download 61 Minutes 31 Dec 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? Music: https://www.bensound.com Sources: http://forums.samurai-archives.com/single/?p=10080052&t=10256348 Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Patreon Special Thanks: Luis. . .

  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 01 Dec 2017

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/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 04 Nov 2017

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/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 112 Minutes 09 Oct 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. A list of all sources can be found here: http://forums.samurai-archives.com/single/?p=10043874&t=10256348 Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com Xbox: SubtleEel4. . .

  Direct Link   Download 72 Minutes 30 Aug 2017

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.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 60 Minutes 30 Jul 2017

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: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 30 Jun 2017

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 Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Travis's Blog: https://chaari.wordpress.com/ Follow Travis on Twitter: @toranosukev Mentioned in this podcast: Tinello, Mark. "The termination of the Ryukyuan embassies to Edo : an investigation of the bakumatsu period through the lens of a tripartite power relationship and its world." Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, 2014 Walker, Jordan B. "Archipelagic ambiguities: the demarcation of modern Japan, 1868-1879." Island Studies Journal 10.2 (2015): 197-222. Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 30 May 2017

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 at the time. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Travis's Blog: https://chaari.wordpress.com/ Follow Travis on Twitter: @toranosukev Mentioned in this podcast: Walker, Jordan B. "Archipelagic ambiguities: the demarcation of modern Japan, 1868-1879." Island Studies Journal 10.2 (2015): 197-222. Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 70 Minutes 30 Apr 2017

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 films, and talks about the future of the genre. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Mance's website: Japanese Ninja Movies Follow Mance on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ninjamoviejapan Instagram: http://www.pictaram.com/user/japaneseninjamovies/2948808149 Contact email: info@japaneseninjamovies.com Mentioned in this podcast: The oldest extant Ninja movie, Goketsu Jiraiya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt9GRKpeDtU Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 67 Minutes 22 Mar 2017

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 that he has done at Princeton, available here: http://komonjo.princeton.edu Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Mentioned in this podcast: The Association for Asian studies: http://www.asian-studies.org/ Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 04 Jan 2017

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 of things that go into picking and getting into a gradate program, and what sorts of things you should take advantage of sooner than later, among other things. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Mentioned in this podcast: The Association for Asian studies: http://www.asian-studies.org/ Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 02 Oct 2016

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. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Follow Jaredd on Twitter: @martialthoughts https://twitter.com/martialthoughts The Martial Thoughts podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/martial-thoughts-podcast/id783977606 The Martial Thoughts Blog: http://www.thinkingmartial.blogspot.com/ The Martial Thoughts podcast site: http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/martialthoughts Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Mentioned in this podcast: Friday, Karl. Legacies of the Sword: The Kashima-Shinryu and Samurai Martial Culture University of Hawaii Press (July 1, 1997) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824818792 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 30 Jul 2016

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. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Japan This! Blog http://markystar.wordpress.com/ Japan This! on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYai-W4sWqMBWbpUE-ZQKPg/videos Marky Star on twitter: https://twitter.com/JapanThis Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 05 Jun 2016

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. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Japan This! Blog http://markystar.wordpress.com/ Japan This! on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYai-W4sWqMBWbpUE-ZQKPg/videos Marky Star on twitter: https://twitter.com/JapanThis Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 64 Minutes 11 Apr 2016

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 a reality wildly different from ours. Their gods and monsters were as real to them as our reality is to us. In essence, they were living in a fantasy novel with magic, supernatural beings, and an understanding of the world that from our point of view looks like comical superstitious ignorance, but was real, if not commonplace, for them. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Rankin, Andrew. Seppuku: A History of Samurai Suicide Kodansha USA; 1 edition (May 1, 2011) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/4770031424 Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 19 Feb 2016

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. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Conlan, Thomas. The Culture of Force and Farce: Fourteenth-Century Japanese Warfare No. 2000-2001. Harvard University, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, 2000. http://rijs.fas.harvard.edu/pdfs/conlan.pdf Conlan, Thomas D. State of War: The Violent Order of Fourteenth-Century Japan Univ of Michigan Center for; illustrated edition edition (July 2003) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1929280238 Friday, Karl. Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan (Warfare and History) Routledge; New edition edition (December 29, 2003) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0415329639 Friday, Karl. Valorous butchers: The art of war during the golden age of the samurai Japan Forum. Vol. 5. No. 1. Taylor & Francis Group, 1993. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09555809308721474?journalCode=rjfo20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 19 Jan 2016

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. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Conlan, Thomas. The Culture of Force and Farce: Fourteenth-Century Japanese Warfare No. 2000-2001. Harvard University, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, 2000. http://rijs.fas.harvard.edu/pdfs/conlan.pdf Conlan, Thomas D. State of War: The Violent Order of Fourteenth-Century Japan Univ of Michigan Center for; illustrated edition edition (July 2003) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1929280238 Friday, Karl. Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan (Warfare and History) Routledge; New edition edition (December 29, 2003) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0415329639 Friday, Karl. Valorous butchers: The art of war during the golden age of the samurai Japan Forum. Vol. 5. No. 1. Taylor & Francis Group, 1993. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09555809308721474?journalCode=rjfo20 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 30 Dec 2015

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. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Kalland, Arne. Fishing Villages in Tokugawa Japan Univ of Hawaii Pr; (March 1995) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824816323 Roberts, Luke. Performing the Great Peace: Political Space and Open Secrets in Tokugawa Japan Univ of Hawaii Pr; First Edition edition (January 31, 2012) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824835131 Vlastos, Stephen. Peasant Protests and Uprisings in Tokugawa Japan University of California Press (August 16, 1990) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0520072030 Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 15 Dec 2015

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 Hawaii Pr; (March 1995) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824816323 Roberts, Luke. Performing the Great Peace: Political Space and Open Secrets in Tokugawa Japan Univ of Hawaii Pr; First Edition edition (January 31, 2012) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824835131 Vlastos, Stephen. Peasant Protests and Uprisings in Tokugawa Japan University of California Press (August 16, 1990) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0520072030 Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/ Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 10 Nov 2015

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 two. Mentioned in this podcast: Farris, William Wayne. Heavenly Warriors: The Evolution of Japan's Military, 500-1300 Harvard University Asia Center, April 15, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/067438704X Friday, Karl. Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan Stanford University Press, March 1, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804726965 Friday, Karl. Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan (Warfare and History) Routledge; New edition edition (December 29, 2003) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0415329639 Lorge, Peter. The Asian Military Revolution: From Gunpowder to the Bomb Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 11, 2008) http://amzn.to/1RnFfrd Shapinsky, Peter. Lords of the Sea: Pirates, Violence, and Commerce in Late Medieval Japan Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan (2014) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1929280815 Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 17 Oct 2015

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 two. Mentioned in this podcast: Farris, Willam Wayne. Japan's Medieval Population: Famine, Fertility, and Warfare in a Transformative Age Univ of Hawaii Pr (August 1, 2009) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824834240 Spafford, David. A Sense of Place: The Political Landscape in Late Medieval Japan Harvard University Asia Center; 1 edition (September 9, 2013) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0674726731 Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 21 Sep 2015

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 corporation-like structure of Sengoku period Samurai houses, where blood was less important than the continuation of the "name". This is part two of two. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Mentioned in this podcast: Spafford, David. What’s in a Name?: House Revival, Adoption, and the Bounds of Family in Late Medieval Japan Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies Volume 74, Number 2, December 2014 pp. 281-329 https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/harvard_journal_of_asiatic_studies/toc/jas.74.2.html Spafford, David. A Sense of Place: The Political Landscape in Late Medieval Japan Harvard University Asia Center; 1 edition (September 9, 2013) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0674726731 Murakami, Yasusuke. Ie Society as a Pattern of Civilization Journal of Japanese Studies 10, no. 2 (1984): 279-363 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 31 Aug 2015

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 corporation-like structure of Sengoku period Samurai houses, where blood was less important than the continuation of the "name". Mentioned in this podcast: Spafford, David. What’s in a Name?: House Revival, Adoption, and the Bounds of Family in Late Medieval Japan Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies Volume 74, Number 2, December 2014 pp. 281-329 https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/harvard_journal_of_asiatic_studies/toc/jas.74.2.html Spafford, David. A Sense of Place: The Political Landscape in Late Medieval Japan Harvard University Asia Center; 1 edition (September 9, 2013) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0674726731 Murakami, Yasusuke. Ie Society as a Pattern of Civilization Journal of Japanese Studies 10, no. 2 (1984): 279-363 Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 17 Aug 2015

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. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Elijah Bender's UCSB page http://www.history.ucsb.edu/people/person.php?account_id=334 Mentioned in this podcast: Farris, Willam Wayne. Japan's Medieval Population: Famine, Fertility, and Warfare in a Transformative Age Univ of Hawaii Pr (August 1, 2009) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824834240 Shapinsky, Peter. Lords of the Sea: Pirates, Violence, and Commerce in Late Medieval Japan Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan (2014) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1929280815 Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 63 Minutes 27 Jul 2015

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 how resource issues effect people at the local level to the highest levels of the Takeda clan, and how the management of resources effect all levels of planning and decision making for a Sengoku Daimyo. This episode is part one of our discussion, and part two will follow in about two weeks. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Roberts, Luke. Performing the Great Peace: Political Space and Open Secrets in Tokugawa Japan Univ of Hawaii Pr; First Edition edition (January 31, 2012) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824835131 Spafford, David. A Sense of Place: The Political Landscape in Late Medieval Japan Harvard University Asia Center; 1 edition (September 9, 2013) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0674726731 Vlastos, Stephen. Peasant Protests and Uprisings in Tokugawa Japan University of California Press (August 16, 1990) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0520072030 Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 69 Minutes 08 Jul 2015

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 mythology of Bushido - the Way of the Samurai. Mentioned in this podcast: Benesch, Oleg. Inventing the Way of the Samurai Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 11, 2014) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0198706626 Nitobe, Inazo. Bushido, the Soul of Japan CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 13 edition (February 10, 2013) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1482509733 Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 82 Minutes 29 Jun 2015

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 if there is value to the historian in asking what if, they look at Nobunaga's death and ask, "What if Oda Nobunaga hadn't died? What would have changed, what would have stayed the same?" Mentioned in this podcast: Ferguson, Niall. The Pitty of War Basic Books; New edition edition (March 3, 2000) http://amzn.to/1C0lsLP Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 14 Jun 2015

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 to explain the military advances and expansion. We previously talked in detail about the Military Revolution theory in Episodes #1 and #2. Follow Cameron Foster and Matthew Stavros on Twitter: Matthew Stavros: @matthew_stavros https://twitter.com/matthew_stavros Cameron Foster: @Frugcam https://twitter.com/Frugcam Mentioned in this podcast: Morillo, Stephen. Guns and Government: A Comparative Study of Europe and Japan Journal of World History, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring, 1995), pp. 75-106 Stavros, Matthew. Military Revolution in Early Modern Japan Japanese Studies, Vol 33, Issue 3, 2013 Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 27 May 2015

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 theory to Japan's Sengoku period to explain the military advances and expansion. We previously talked in detail about the Military Revolution theory in Episodes #1 and #2. Mentioned in this podcast: Morillo, Stephen. Guns and Government: A Comparative Study of Europe and Japan Journal of World History, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring, 1995), pp. 75-106 Stavros, Matthew. Military Revolution in Early Modern Japan Japanese Studies, Vol 33, Issue 3, 2013 Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 73 Minutes 12 May 2015

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 pertains to other cultures - and that in the past particularly, this resulted in extremely patronizing and biased scholarship of other cultures and religions. We examine Orientalism in the context of Jesse's specialty of philosophy and religion, and in general in academia, and expand the conversation to the effects of personal politics and ideology in academia. Mentioned in this podcast: Said, Edward. Orientalism Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (October 12, 1979) http://amzn.to/1Fhc33k Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 84 Minutes 20 Apr 2015

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 other issues in the contemporary martial arts - some new, some old, and some that need to go away but don't. Follow Jaredd on Twitter: @MartialThoughts Mentioned in this podcast: Mann, Jeffery. When Buddhists Attack: The Curious Relationship Between Zen and the Martial Arts&nbsp Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (October 10, 2012) http://www.amazon.com/WhenBuddhistsAttack Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 05 Apr 2015

In part two of our episode on sex in medieval Japan, your hosts look at gender roles and relations, including the tradition of same sex relations among the Samurai. Mentioned in this podcast: Morinaga, Maki. The Gender of Onnagata As the Imitating Imitated: Its Historicity, Performativity, and Involvement in the Circulation of Femininity positions: east asia cultures critique Volume 10, Number 2, Fall 2002 https://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/positions/v010/10.2morinaga.html Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 21 Mar 2015

In part one of our look at women in feudal Japan, Nate and Travis look at the tales of seduction of Genji and his ilk during the Hiean period, and discuss how issues of inheritance, property rights and politics changed for women during the medieval age. Mentioned in this podcast: Tonomura, Hitomi. Black Hair and Red Trousers: Gendering the Flesh in Medieval Japan The American Historical Review Vol. 99, No. 1 (Feb., 1994), pp. 129-154 http://www.jstor.org/stable/2166165 Morris, Ivan. The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan Kodansha USA (June 15, 1994) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1568360290 Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Japanese History Forum: http://forums.samurai-archives.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 94 Minutes 17 Mar 2015

This is just a note to let everyone know that the old Samurai Archives Japanese History forum has been retired and replaced with a brand new forum with more features. The first forum was hosted at Delphi.com from 1999-2006, and the last incarnation lasted from May 4th, 2006 until March 4th, 2015. We had a good run over the past 9 years and 70.000 posts, but it was time to update the technology and move into the 2010's. So you can find the new forum at www.JapanHistoryForum.com. Head over there and sign up, and join the conversations. We've got a lot planned, so get on board. We also have a place on the forum for podcast questions and discussion, so if you want to be a part of the podcast process, that's where you'll want to go. See you there!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 05 Mar 2015

When a sengoku daimyo died, even the best laid plans for succession often went awry. Chris and Forest talk about Samurai inheritance and succession issues in the Sengoku period - how it worked, succession order, and inheritance disputes, in the cases of Oda Nobunaga, Mori Motonari, Uesugi Kenshin, and the complexities surrounding Takeda Katsuyori's succession to the head of the Takeda clan. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 20 Feb 2015

In part two, we continue our discussion with Trevor Absolon about the Soma Noma Oi - a festival in Fukushima, Japan that has a history going back 1,000 years. Trevor produced a documentary on the festival, and we discuss the events and history of the festival, his personal involvement, and the impact of the 2011 tsunami that devastated the region. Trevor's website: Toraba.com Trailer for Ritual: The Samurai of the Soma Noma Oi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIooma4pIpc Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 08 Feb 2015

This episode, we talk to Trevor Absolon about the Soma Noma Oi - a festival in Fukushima, Japan that has a history going back 1,000 years. Trevor produced a documentary on the festival, and we discuss the events and history of the festival, his personal involvement, and the impact of the 2011 tsunami that devastated the region. Part one of two. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 20 Jan 2015

This episode covers part two of our discussion of the economics and finance of the Edo period. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 07 Jan 2015

As part of our ongoing series looking at the Edo period of Japanese history, we look at the economics and finance of the Edo period. Part one of two. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Mentioned in this podcast: Vaporis, Constantine. Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo, and the Culture of Early Modern Japan Univ of Hawaii Pr (July 31, 2008) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824832051 Katsu, Kokichi. Musui's Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai University of Arizona Press; Reprint edition (July 1, 1991) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0816512566 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 85 Minutes 20 Dec 2014

For our 100th episode (and 7th bonus episode) we take it live to Mifune restaurant in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. Chris (Twitter: @samuraiarchives), Marky Star (Twitter: @JapanThis) and Lonny (Twitter: @Rekishinotabi) get into the epic life of Tokugawa Ienari, why Kondo Isami raises his sake cup with his left hand, the burial location of Kondo Isami's father, an impromptu review of the new book "Samurai Revolution", a foriegn exchange student named Yoshi, and other completely random topics connected only by beer, sake, and giant onigiri. Hotteoite Kudasai (Watashi wa Nihonjin Dakara) by Awesome Rocket https://archive.org/details/AwesomeRocketsJapaneseSongs Mentioned in this podcast: Hillsborough, Romulus. Samurai Revolution Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (March 25, 2014) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/4805312351 Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 05 Dec 2014

In this episode we talk about the development of castle towns during the medieval period of Japanese history, the whys and hows, and how the structure of castle towns affected urban planning through to the modern era. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 20 Nov 2014

In part two of our philosophical musings on Samurai, Bushido, and death, Chris and Forest look at how one's perception of reality constrains and shapes thier outlook and actions, and would have surely shaped the views and actions of the Samurai. The intent in going off to battle as a Samurai wasn't to valiantly seek death, but to survive and prosper. However, since death was always on the table, the goal was to, if nothing else, gain utility from their death - furthering their name, their family, and thier clan - because cowardice in battle was a sure way to get your family put to the sword during the Sengoku period. But, above all, Samurai were human, and whatever their personal plans were for combat, as Mike Tyson once said, "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face", and snap decisions ruled the day in the heat of battle - some men rose up and brought glory, and others folded in a messy heap. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 05 Nov 2014

Welcome to our sixth bonus episode, which we'll be splitting into two parts. In part one, Chris and Forest look at the self-serving nature of Bushido and the spectre of death that stalked the Samurai on the battlefield. It is often claimed that not only did Samurai not fear death, they embraced it, if not actively sought it out on the battlefield, and that Samurai acheived this Zen state both by the nature of being a Samurai, and by incorporating the ideology of Bushido into their Samurai souls. If you take a step back and actually look at that with a critical eye, it quickly becomes clear that this is patently ridiculous. Obviously Samurai lords had to rely on their Samurai, and their position and success depended upon convincing men to march out and potentially die on the business end of a sharp spear, so they'd use whatever ploy they could come up with, be it "Bushido" or anything else to accomplish this. So, with this in mind, what was was actually going on? What the heck was everyone thinking? Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 68 Minutes 20 Oct 2014

In this episode we speak to Jesse Workman, Philosophy and Religious studies PhD candidate, about the interchange of ideas and religions in the ancient world, and how the early religions of Europe affected Asian thought and religion and vice versa by way of the Silk Road. Also discussed are the insane distances ideas travelled long before international travel was available to most of the human population, the difficulty in tracing the sources and influences on ideas, and intentional and accidental biases that result when translating an idea, document, or religious work from one language into another. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Recommended Reading: Campbell, Joseph. The Masks of God, Vol. 3: Occidental Mythology Penguin Books (November 1, 1991) Eliade, Mircea. History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2: From Gautama Buddha to the Triumph of Christianity University of Chicago Press (January 15, 1985) Jonas, Hans. The Gnostic Religion Beacon Press; 3rd edition (January 16, 2001) Lloyd, Arthur. Shinran and His Works Forgotten Books (June 10, 2012) Lloyd, Arthur. The Creed of Half Japan Forgotten Books (May 26, 2012) Whaling, Frank. Theory and Method in Religious Studies http://books.google.com/books?id=YdMhAAAAQBAJ&lpg Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 04 Oct 2014

This episode, Nate continues his talk about the history of Japan's self defense force, the JSDF. Nate, who worked directly with the JSDF in Japan, addresses questions about how the JSDF has evolved over the past 60 years, what its stated purpose and objectives are today, and in what specific situations and to what extent and capacity the JSDF is allowed to participate in military and wartime situations. Part two of two. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Mentioned in this episode: Creation of Tough & Resilient Japan Ground Self-Defense Force https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXpeXQTojjk Midford, Paul. Rethinking Japanese Public Opinion and Security: From Pacifism to Realism? Stanford University Press (January 24, 2011) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804772177 Pyle, Kenneth. Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose PublicAffairs; Reprint edition (April 29, 2008) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1586485679 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 15 Sep 2014

This episode, Nate talks about the history of Japan's self defense force, the JSDF. Nate, who worked directly with the JSDF in Japan, addresses questions about how the JSDF has evolved over the past 60 years, what its stated purpose and objectives are today, and in what specific situations and to what extent and capacity the JSDF is allowed to participate in military and wartime situations. Part one of two. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 69 Minutes 05 Sep 2014

In this episode we talk with Jaredd Wilson, Martial Artist and insructor and host of the Martial Thoughts podcast. We talk to Jaredd about what makes a martial art, the difference between traditional martial arts and "combat sports", the challenges of simulating the stress of a dangerous encounter, "Ki" and other bits of oriental mysticism. We also discuss training in Aikido and Karate, and touch on combat sports such as boxing, MMA, and the UFC. Follow Jaredd on Twitter: @martialthoughts https://twitter.com/martialthoughts The Martial Thoughts podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/martial-thoughts-podcast/id783977606 The Martial Thoughts Blog: http://www.thinkingmartial.blogspot.com/ The Martial Thoughts podcast site: http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/martialthoughts Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Mentioned in this episode: Martial Arts Categories: http://www.thinkingmartial.blogspot.com/2014/05/martial-arts-categories-part-i.html Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 23 Aug 2014

In part 2 of our look at Japan during World War Two, we look at the aftermath of the battle of Midway, the questionable strategy of MacArthur's island hopping campaign, the overlooked Russian contribution to the Pacific war, and speculate on the necessity of dropping the atomic bombs on Japan. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 06 Aug 2014

In this episode, Forest leads a talk on Japan's thinking going into World War Two. With the benefit of hindsight, it becomes apparent that Japan's plan going into WWII was based on a collection of flawed assumptions, and was tied to the misguided hope that the US will to fight could be broken in a reasonably short period of time with a "decisive battle" - before the tremendous industrial and military potential of America could be fully brought to bear. In part one, we follow the Japanese from the start of the war to Japan's devastating defeat at the battle of Midway. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Mentioned in this episode: Ugaki, Matome. Fading Victory: The Diary of Admiral Matome Ugaki Naval Institute Press; Reprint edition (March 17, 2008) Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 20 Jul 2014

In this episode, we continue our conversation with Cameron Foster, the creator of "A Short History of Japan", and discuss some of the nuts and bolts of podcasting, and the direction Cameron intends to go with his podcast, including his proposed next episode. We also discuss a few other podcasts worth listening to. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @frugcam Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Mentioned in this episode: A Short History of Japan: http://frug.podbean.com/ An Interview with Romulus Hillsborough: http://www.theshogunshouse.com/2014/03/katsu-kaishu-navigator-of-chaos.html Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: http://www.dancarlin.com/disp.php/hh Hillsborough, Romulus. Samurai Revolution Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (March 25, 2014) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/4805312351 The History of Rome Podcast: http://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com/ The Mark Steel Lectures: http://marksteelinfo.com/recordings/ Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 29 Jun 2014

In this episode, we talk to the creator of the "A Short History of Japan" podcast, Cameron Foster. We talk about his podcast, travelling in Japan, interesting aspects of japanese history, and about not seeing the recent movie "47 Ronin". Part one of two. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @frugcam Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Mentioned in this episode: A Short History of Japan: http://frug.podbean.com/ My History Can Beat Up Your Politics:http://myhistorycanbeatupyourpolitics.blogspot.com/ Yoshikawa, Eiji. Musashi Kodansha USA (July 14, 1995) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/4770019572 Yoshikawa, Eiji. Taiko Kodansha USA; Reprint edition (August 3, 2012) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1568364288 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 05 Jun 2014

Welcome to part two of our discussion on some of the bad decisions made by the Sengoku Daimyo. Some Daimyo were skilled strategists, others lucky, staying ahead of the game with wits and cunning. However, the battlefields of the Sengoku period are littered with the bones of men who were not so lucky. Many Sengoku Daimyo were done in by dumb decisions, others made decisions that seemed reasonable at the time but would lead to disastrous results. From Imagawa Yoshimoto's decision to invade Owari province, to Asai Nagamasa deciding to turn on Oda Nobunaga, we look at some decisions that not only shaped the history of the Sengoku period, but may leave you wondering just what the heck they were thinking. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 64 Minutes 19 May 2014

Welcome to our next bonus episode. Some Daimyo were skilled strategists, others lucky, staying ahead of the game with wits and cunning. However, the battlefields of the Sengoku period are littered with the bones of men who were not so lucky. Many Sengoku Daimyo were done in by dumb decisions, others made decisions that seemed reasonable at the time but would lead to disastrous results. From Imagawa Yoshimoto's decision to invade Owari province, to Asai Nagamasa deciding to turn on Oda Nobunaga, we look at some decisions that not only shaped the history of the Sengoku period, but may leave you wondering just what the heck they were thinking. This episode is part one of two. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Mentioned in this Podcast: Morris, Ivan. The Nobility of Failure: Tragic Heroes in the History of Japan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 1, 1988) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0374521204 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 05 May 2014

In part 2, your hosts continue their talk about the 2014 Fields of Conflict archaeology conference held in Columbia, South Carolina in March 2014. They discuss some of the conference panels, battlefield archaeology, and where archaeology and history intersect. Mentioned in this podcast: Strategical Buffoonery - Levels of Warfare - The Shogun-ki blog: http://www.theshogunshouse.com/2010/06/strategical-buffoonery.html Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 12 Apr 2014

This episode, your hosts talk about the 2014 Fields of Conflict archaeology conference held in Columbia, South Carolina in March 2014. They discuss some of the conference panels, battlefield archaeology, and where archaeology and history intersect. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 19 Mar 2014

Probably more appropriately titled "What do Chris and Forest philosophize about what can really be known about history", here is our 4th bonus episode of what was originally meant to be a stand-alone podcast on the Samurai Archives podcast network. In this heavily opinionated episode, things get touchy as Chris and Forest get in a philosophical discussion about what can really be known about history. As always with our bonus episodes, the opinions expressed are solely those of Chris and Forest, and do not in any way reflect the opinions of any other hosts or guest to this point or going forward. Japanese history can be particularly questionable in the situations where the only sources available are select pieces of contemporary correspondences and writings compiled 100 years or more after the events they describe, and often the only sources available are war tales, fictionalizations, and hagiography. Your hosts look at various events in Japanese history, including the 4th battle of Kawanakajima, the death of Nobunaga, and the questionable existence of Yamamoto Kansuke to discuss what we know, what we think we know, and what we really don't know about Japanese history, and ask, "What can anyone really know about history?" Mentioned in this podcast: The Sengoku Field Manual (Nate's Blog) http://www.sengokufieldmanual.com/2013/02/giving-up-myths-part-i.html Perrin, Noel, Giving Up the Gun, Japan's Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879 D. R. Godine; First Edition edition 1979 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0879237732 Yoshikawa, Eiji Taiko http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/4770026099 Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 10 Mar 2014

In part two of our book recommendations podcast, your hosts continue to go over a few recommended Japanese history books, from introductory books to advanced. Want to pick up the books on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 23 Feb 2014

In this episode, your hosts run down a list of a few recommended Japanese history books, from introductory books to advanced. This episode is part 1 of 2. Want to pick up the books on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 03 Feb 2014

Welcome to the third bonus episode with your hosts Chris and Forest. In this bonus episode, your hosts look at Oda Nobunaga's retainer band. One thing that sets the Sengoku daimyo Oda Nobunaga apart from his contemporaries was his willingness to employ primarily young men of ability who lacked rank or lineage. The unorthodox composition of Nobunaga's retainer band is perhaps both a reflection of his own unorthodox nature, and a result of a lack of old, traditional retainer families attached to the Oda clan, and a factor in his success. Don't forget, opinions expressed in the bonus episodes do not reflect the views or opinions of anyone not present. With that, enjoy! Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 77 Minutes 12 Jan 2014

In this episode Nate and Travis are back with Chris to discuss the arduous task of learning Japanese kanji - the Japanese writing system. The episode was inspired by a Samurai Archives blog post on the subject, but your hosts also expand the conversation to examine the Japanese language's simplistic grammar contrasted with the complex ties that the language has to Japanese culture and society. Mentioned in this episode: Read the Kanji: https://www.readthekanji.com/ The Well-Trod and Annoying Path of Learning Japanese Kanji: http://www.theshogunshouse.com/2012/11/the-well-trod-and-annoying-path-of.html Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 74 Minutes 21 Dec 2013

Welcome to the second bonus episode from the history podcast that never was, Chris and Forest talk Japanese history (often while drinking beer). Because the original concept was to create a seperate podcast, it should be stated that opinions expressed are their own, and do not reflect the views of anyone not present for this podcast. And with that - Regardless of whether you think of Oda Nobunaga as a hero or villain, it can't be disputed that he was a brutal tyrant responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of men, women, and children on his quest to unify Japan under his control. Was Nobunaga simply a product of his era, or was there something more to the man who built a path towards national unification with the gilded skulls of his enemies? We look at the life of Oda Nobunaga, and try to shed some light on his outlook and ambitions. Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 01 Dec 2013

Hello listeners! For the next few episodes we'll be airing what was originally meant to be a seperate podcast on the Samurai Archives podcast network. In these bonus episodes, your hosts will tackle things from their own perspective from outside academia in what is intended to be a comedic and free flow format where they will debate, attack, pontificate, and throw things under the bus in the name of entertainment, intellectual discussion, and philosophizing. Often in these episodes, in the name of debate and spurring discussion, strong, adamant or outright offensive opinions may be expressed, therefore it should be clearly stated up front that everything said in these bonus episodes reflect strictly and only the views of Chris and Forest, and should not be percieved to reflect the views of any other hosts or guests of the podcast. With that being said, please enjoy our bonus episodes. In this first bonus episode we examine the myths and mystique surrounding Takeda Shingen and the battles of Kawanakajima. The 4th battle of Kawanakajima is traditionally believed to be a victory for the Takeda clan, but the events that followed all point to a decisive victory by the Uesugi. As for Takeda Shingen himself, he is considered a hero of the Sengoku, loved by fanboys at home and abroad - but was he really the magnanimous Daimyo he's made out to be, or the 16th century version of a colossal douchebag? Shopping on Amazon.com? Use our link: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/samurai-archives-japanese/id430277324 Samurai Archives Podcast on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=41397&refid=stpr Mentioned in this Podcast: The 9th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest: http://www.samurai-archives.com/writcon.html Kagemusha http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/B00005JLEJ Morris, Ivan. The Nobility of Failure: Tragic Heroes in the History of Japan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 1, 1988) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0374521204 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=samurai-20 Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 24 Nov 2013

In this episode, your hosts Chris, Nate, and Travis continue the discussion on their recent respective trips to Japan including their cultural and historical experiences. Mentioned in this Podcast: The 9th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest: http://www.samurai-archives.com/writcon.html Photos of Kumamoto, Japan http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuuzo/sets/72157631741259360/ The Sengoku Field Manual http://www.sengokufieldmanual.com/ Shambhala Publications: http://www.shambhala.com/ Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 03 Nov 2013

In this episode, your hosts Chris, Nate, and Travis dedicate a two part podcast to their recent respective trips to Japan including their cultural and historical experiences, and Nate's volunteer efforts in Ishinomaki in Northern Japan, an area hit by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Mentioned in this Podcast: The 9th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest: http://www.samurai-archives.com/writcon.html Photos of Kumamoto, Japan http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuuzo/sets/72157631741259360/ Photos of Okinawa, Japan http://www.flickr.com/photos/toranosuke/sets/72157634941743843/ The Sengoku Field Manual http://sengokufieldmanual.blogspot.com/ Shambhala Publications: http://www.shambhala.com/ Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 20 Oct 2013

Part two of Nate's talk about his recent trip to the Nagashino battlefield, and what he gleaned from his extensive hiking of the site of the Samurai Archives Podcast's most notorious battle. Mentioned in this Podcast: The 9th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest: http://www.samurai-archives.com/writcon.html The Sengoku Field Manual - Return to Shitaragahara! http://sengokufieldmanual.blogspot.com/2013/09/nagashino-iii-return-to-shitaragahara.html Conlan, Thomas. Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior 1200-1877 AD By Thomas, D Conlan, Amber Books Ltd, 2008 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1906626073 Shambhala Publications: http://www.shambhala.com/ Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 04 Oct 2013

In this episode, Nate talks about his recent trip to the Nagashino battlefield, and what he gleaned from his extensive hiking of the site of the Samurai Archives Podcast's most notorious battle. Part one of two. Mentioned in this Podcast: The 9th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest: http://www.samurai-archives.com/writcon.html The Sengoku Field Manual - Return to Shitaragahara! http://sengokufieldmanual.blogspot.com/2013/09/nagashino-iii-return-to-shitaragahara.html Conlan, Thomas. Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior 1200-1877 AD By Thomas, D Conlan, Amber Books Ltd, 2008 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1906626073 Shambhala Publications: http://www.shambhala.com/ Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 16 Sep 2013

Part two of an introduction to Kabuki, Japan's traditional theater. An example of Kabuki from the play Sanmon Gosan no Kiri: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLMy69smJz8 Mentioned in this podcast: Shively, Donald. Bakufu Versus Kabuki Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies Vol. 18, No. 3/4 (Dec., 1955) http://www.jstor.org/stable/2718437 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 03 Sep 2013

In this episode, your hosts give you an introduction to Kabuki, Japan's traditional theater. This is part one of two. An example of Kabuki from the play Sanmon Gosan no Kiri: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLMy69smJz8 Mentioned in this podcast: Shively, Donald. Bakufu Versus Kabuki Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies Vol. 18, No. 3/4 (Dec., 1955) http://www.jstor.org/stable/2718437 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 16 Aug 2013

In part two of our podcast on the Russian incursions into the Kuril island chain and Japanese territories during the Edo period, we continue to look at the sailors, misfits, and adventurers of the Okhotsk sea region, as well as the history of land grabbing and politics that led to the current occupation of the Kuril island chain by Russia. Mentioned in this podcast: Golovnin, Vassilii Mikhailovich. Memoirs of a Captivity in Japan http://archive.org/details/memoirsofcaptivi01golouoft Lensen, George. Early Russo-Japanese Relations The Far Eastern Quarterly Vol. 10, No. 1 (Nov., 1950), pp. 2-37 www.jstor.org/stable/2049650 Tooke, William. View of the Russian Empire during the reign of Catharine the Second, and to the close of the present century (1799) http://archive.org/details/viewofrussianemp01tookuoft Wildes, Harry. Russia's Attempts to Open Japan Russian Review Vol. 5, No. 1 (Autumn, 1945) http://www.jstor.org/stable/125540 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 01 Aug 2013

Over the next two episodes of the S-A Podcast, we look at the Russian incursions into the Kuril island chain and Japanese territories during the Edo period. Led by a variety of characters, from cartographers and political envoys to criminals and rogue adventurers, these incursions struck fear into the citizens of Japan's capital of Edo, and slowly developed and shaped the harsh treatment of shipwrecked foreign sailors by the Shogunate. Mentioned in this podcast: Tooke, William. View of the Russian Empire during the reign of Catharine the Second, and to the close of the present century (1799) http://archive.org/details/viewofrussianemp01tookuoft Wildes, Harry. Russia's Attempts to Open Japan Russian Review Vol. 5, No. 1 (Autumn, 1945) http://www.jstor.org/stable/125540 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 15 Jul 2013

In part two of our interview with Japan This! blogger Marky Star, we continue where we left off with the etymology of place names in Japan. We also talk about the various Japanese dialects, Japan's iconic Edobashi, and the ukiyo-e origins of tetacle porn. Mentioned in this podcast: Grossberg, Kenneth. Japan's Renaissance - The Politics of the Muromachi Bakufu Cornell University, New York, 2001 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1885445083 Japan This! http://markystar.wordpress.com/ Marky Star on twitter: https://twitter.com/JapanThis Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 01 Jul 2013

In ths episode of the Samurai Archives podcast, we talk to Marky Star, the prolific author of the Japan This! blog. We talk to Marky about how he ended up in Japan, his blog, his fascination with the etymology of Japanese place names, and his recommendations for anyone looking for interesting historical sites in the Tokyo area. This episode is part one of two. Mentioned in this podcast: Japan This! http://markystar.wordpress.com/ Marky Star on twitter: https://twitter.com/JapanThis Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 18 Jun 2013

In part two of our podcast on the myth of Okinawan pacifism, we talk about the invasion of the Okinawan island chain by the Shimazu clan, and about the impressions that foreign sailors that landed on the shores of Okinawa thought about the islanders. Mentioned in this podcast: Kerr, George. Okinawa - The History of an Island People Tuttle Publishing; Original edition (October 1, 2000) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804820872 Smits, Gregory. Examining the Myth of Ryukyuan Pacifism http://www.japanfocus.org/-Gregory-Smits/3409 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 08 Jun 2013

Over the next two episodes, your hosts look at the "myth" of Okinawan pacifism. Okinawa has been held up as an example of a completely pacifistic country victimized over the centuries by invading forces, when the reality is that Okinawa has also seen and perpetuated its own share of violence as it fought bloody wars of unification among the Okinawan island chain, and fought Japanese mainland invaders. Mentioned in this podcast: Kerr, George. Okinawa - The History of an Island People Tuttle Publishing; Original edition (October 1, 2000) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804820872 Smits, Gregory. Examining the Myth of Ryukyuan Pacifism http://www.japanfocus.org/-Gregory-Smits/3409 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 17 May 2013

In February, 2013 the University of Hawaii Art Gallery held an exhibit entitled "Picturing the Ryukyus: Images of Okinawa in Japanese Artworks from the UH Sakamaki/Hawley Collection", which included a symposium titled "Interpreting Parades and Processions of Edo Japan". Previously, we heard the audio of Travis's presentation. In part two, travis continues his talk about both his presentation and the overall symposium. Follow Travis on Twitter: https://twitter.com/toranosukev Travis' Blog: http://chaari.wordpress.com/ The presentations and papers from February are now available online: http://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/edoparades/symposium_papers Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 30 Apr 2013

In February, 2013 the University of Hawaii Art Gallery held an exhibit entitled "Picturing the Ryukyus: Images of Okinawa in Japanese Artworks from the UH Sakamaki/Hawley Collection", which included a symposium titled "Interpreting Parades and Processions of Edo Japan". Last week we heard the audio of Travis's presentation. This episode and next episode, travis talks about both his presentation and the overall symposium. This is part one of two. The presentations and papers from February are now available online: http://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/edoparades/symposium_papers Mentioned in this podcast: Smits, Gregory. Visions of Ryukyu: Identity and Ideology in Early-Modern Thought and Politics University of Hawaii Press (January 31, 1999) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824820371 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 07 Apr 2013

In February, 2013, Travis presented a lecture entitled “Ryukyuan Embassy Processions: A 1710 Edo Nobori Scroll from the Sakamaki/Hawley Collection” at the international symposium, ” Interpreting Parades and Processions of Edo Japan: History, Culture, and Foreign Relations,” which was held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the audio of his talk, where he discusses the nobori scroll held in the University's Sakamaki-Hawley collection. A digitized version of the scroll can be found here (2nd scroll) http://www.hawaii.edu/asiaref/okinawa/digital_archives/sakamaki_hawley.html Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 18 Mar 2013

Japan's self imposed "isolation", known as "sakoku", was ostensibly in effect from the 1630's to the 1850's. Despite the view that Japan was completely isolated and walled off from the rest of the world, there was considerable international trade and activity happening throughout the period. This is part two of two. Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 07 Mar 2013

Japan’s self imposed “isolation”, known as “sakoku”, was ostensibly in effect from the 1630’s to the 1850’s. Despite the view that Japan was completely isolated and walled off from the rest of the world, there was considerable international trade and activity happening throughout the period. This is part one of two. Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 17 Feb 2013

With this episode, we continue on to part two of our introduction to the politics and governmental systems of the Edo period of Japanese history. Mentioned in this Podcast: Roberts, Luke. Performing the Great Peace: Political Space and Open Secrets in Tokugawa Japan Univ of Hawaii Pr; First Edition edition (January 31, 2012) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824835131 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 23 Jan 2013

In this episode, resident Edo period expert Travis takes us through an introduction to the politics and governmental systems of the Edo period of Japanese history. This is part 1 of 2. Mentioned in this Podcast: Seals of Red and Letters of Gold - An Interview With Travis Seifman http://samuraiarchives.podbean.com/2011/04/25/seals-of-red-and-letters-of-gold-an-interview-with-travis-seifman/ EP49 The Sengoku Daimyo Domain as Political State P1 http://samuraiarchives.podbean.com/2012/08/18/ep49-the-sengoku-daimyo-domain-as-political-state-p1/ EP50 The Sengoku Daimyo Domain as Political State P2 http://samuraiarchives.podbean.com/2012/09/03/ep50-the-sengoku-daimyo-domain-as-political-state-p2/ Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 08 Jan 2013

Sankin Kotai, or “alternate attendance” was the Tokugawa Bakufu’s policy of having regional Daimyo split their time between their home Han and the capital, Edo. In this podcast, your hosts give you a general overview of this process, why it was done, and what the purpose was behind it. Mentioned in this Podcast: Statler, Oliver. Japanese Inn: A Reconstruction Of The Past Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1166136787 Vaporis, Constantine. Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo, and the Culture of Early Modern Japan Univ of Hawaii Pr (July 31, 2008) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824832051 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 19 Dec 2012

In this episode, Nate talks about his five-part blog series Principled Warfare, where he looks at examining premodern Japanese warfare through the lens of the modern US military's 12 Principles of Joint Operations. You can find Nate at his blog, The Sengoku Field Manual: http://sengokufieldmanual.blogspot.com/ Mentioned in this podcast: Principled Warfare: Samurai Combat Done Right (and Wrong)http://shogun-yashiki.blogspot.com/2012/08/greetings-once-again-samurai-archives.html Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 03 Dec 2012

In part two of our talk with Stevie Suan we continue our discussion of his book “The Anime Paradox“, and the internationalization of Anime around the world. Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 20 Nov 2012

In this episode of the Samurai Archives Podcast (Part one of two), we talk to Stevie Suan, the author of the forthcoming book “The Anime Paradox“, about examining Anime through the lens of traditional Japanese theater. Stevie Suan was born in Sri Lanka but grew up in New York City. He received his M.A. in Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa, and is in the PhD program in the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department. He specializes in aesthetics, Japanese traditional theater, and Anime. Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 03 Nov 2012

In this episode, your hosts talk about the facts and misconceptions of horse warfare and cavalry in Japan, focusing on the Takeda clan. The Takeda clan is known and renowned for its cavalry, but the images of organized and disciplined cavalry charges were not the reality of mounted warfare during this period. Mentioned in this podcast: Conlan, Thomas. Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior 1200-1877 AD By Thomas, D Conlan, Amber Books Ltd, 2008 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1906626073 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 14 Oct 2012

In this episode, we look at the Takeda clan during the 1560s. After Uesugi Kenshin effectively stopped Takeda Shingen in his tracks at the 4th battle of Kawanakajima in 1561, Shingen was forced to re-evaluate his goals in the region, which led to the 1560’s being a time of great change in the Takeda clan. Mentioned in this podcast: Kagemusha: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/B00005JLEJ Shogun-ki: Why Kawanakajima? http://shogun-yashiki.blogspot.com/2008/09/why-kawanakajima-shingen-and-kenshins.html Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 01 Oct 2012

Here is part two of our talk with Japanese armor expert and antique dealer Trevor Absolon. In this episode we talk to Trevor about his experiences in the antique armor world - including the shady ethics, questionable practices, and outright fraudulent behavior that casts a shadow over the antique armor trade in Japan and the West. Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 58 Minutes 16 Sep 2012

Joining us again is Japanese armor expert and antique dealer Trevor Absolon. In this episode we talk to Trevor about his experiences in the antique armor world - including the shady ethics, questionable practices, and outright fraudulent behavior that casts a shadow over the antique armor trade in Japan and the West. This is part one of two. Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 52 Minutes 04 Sep 2012

Contrary to popular belief, every Sengoku Daimyo didn't see Japan as a giant game-board, or have the intention of "taking control of the realm". Most Daimyo were simply trying to survive and maintain their own holdings. By looking at Sengoku Daimyo and Daimyo domains through the lense of International Relations Theory, your hosts contend that the concept of "taking over Japan" may have been one that evolved gradually over the decades, rather than being an actual "goal" of the Sengoku period Daimyo from the start. This episode is part two of two. Mentioned in this podcast: Berry, Mary E. Hideyoshi (Harvard East Asian Monographs) Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University (January 1, 1989) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0674390261 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 19 Aug 2012

Contrary to popular belief, every Sengoku Daimyo didn't see Japan as a giant game-board, or have the intention of "taking control of the realm". Most Daimyo were simply trying to survive and maintain their own holdings. By looking at Sengoku Daimyo and Daimyo domains through the lense of International Relations Theory, your hosts contend that the concept of "taking over Japan" may have been one that evolved gradually over the decades, rather than being an actual "goal" of the Sengoku period Daimyo from the start. This episode is part one of two. Mentioned in this podcast: Arnesen, Peter. The Medieval Japanese Daimyo: The Ouchi Family's Rule of Suo and Nagato Yale University Press (1979) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/B000PSGVY6 Berry, Mary E. Hideyoshi (Harvard East Asian Monographs) Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University (January 1, 1989) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0674390261 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 67 Minutes 01 Aug 2012

In this episode we move forward in time to World War Two and talk about the documentary screening we attended, MIS - Human Secret Weapon. MIS is a documentary about the US Military Intelligence Service, a top-secret program created by the US government to prepare for war with Japan, comprised of Japanese Americans who acted as translators, interrogators, spies, soldiers, and negotiators in the war against Japan during WWII. Their contribution to the war effort is immeasurable, and were credited by General MacArthur with shortening the war by two years. Mentioned in this podcast: The MIS documentary website: http://mis-film.com/ Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 15 Jul 2012

In this episode, the creators of the Samurai Archives Japanese History Page (Samurai-archives.com) talk about the creation of the history website. They talk about why they did it, what they hoped to accomplish, what their expectations were with the website, why the poor design of the old Delphi forum was actually a good thing, and why Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia has utterly destroyed independent scholarship on the internet for all time. Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 60 Minutes 02 Jul 2012

In this episode, we talk about the article “Washing off the Dust”: Baths and Bathing in Late Medieval Japan, by Lee Butler. The discussion looks into the cultural and religious aspects of bathing in medieval Japan, as well as the contemporary bath houses and hot springs of modern Japan. Mentioned in this podcast: Butler, Lee. "Washing off the Dust": Baths and Bathing in Late Medieval Japan Monumenta Nipponica Vol. 60, No. 1 (Spring, 2005), pp. 1-41 http://www.jstor.org/stable/25066349 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 16 Jun 2012

In this episode we discuss the structure of the Tokugawa government during the Edo period. We examine if Japan was a unified nation-state, a confederacy, or a feudal system, and how much control Daimyo actually had over their own lands. We also look at how individuals may have identified with their region and Japan as a "country". Mentioned in this podcast: Ravina, Mark. Land and Lordship in Early Modern Japan Stanford University Press; 1 edition (August 1, 1999) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804728984 Screech, Timon. Shogun's Painted Culture: Fear and Creativity in the Japanese States, 1760-1829 Reaktion Books (September 1, 2000) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1861890648 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 02 Jun 2012

In part 2 of our interview with Trevor Absolon we continue our discussion on Samurai armor. Trevor talks about the different approaches to collecting Samurai armor, advice for potential collectors, as well as comments on such things as Kawari Kabuto and armor with “battle damage”, and a whole lot more. Mentioned in this podcast: Toraba Japanese Samurai Armours: http://www.toraba.com Toraba Bookstore: http://www.toraba.com/samurai-armour-books.asp Sengoku Daimyo, Anthony J. Bryant's website: http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/ Bryant, Anthony J. Sekigahara 1600: The Final Struggle for Power Osprey Publishing (September 11, 1995) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1855323958 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 16 May 2012

In today's podcast, we talk with Trevor Absolon, Japanese armor expert and dealer, author, documentary producer, and owner of Japanese armor website Toraba.com. Trevor talks about how he got into the armor business as well as what we should know about Japanese armor, some of the mythology surrounding Japanese Samurai armor, and advice for anyone interested in starting their own armor collection. Join us for this inside look into the world of Japanese armor. This episode is part one of two. Mentioned in this podcast: Toraba Japanese Samurai Armours: http://www.toraba.com Toraba Bookstore: http://www.toraba.com/samurai-armour-books.asp Sengoku Daimyo, Anthony J. Bryant's website: http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/ Bryant, Anthony J. Sekigahara 1600: The Final Struggle for Power Osprey Publishing (September 11, 1995) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1855323958 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 28 Apr 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. The Digitization Project description page: http://www.asia.si.edu/research/curatorial/pulvererInterns.asp The Freer/Sackler Gallery Website: http://www.asia.si.edu/ Ikegami, Eiko. Bonds of Civility Cambridge University Press (February 28, 2005) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0521601150 Screech, Timon. Sex and the Floating World Reaktion Books; Second Edition edition (November 15, 2009) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1861894325 Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan Website: http://www.bowdoin.edu/mongol-scrolls/ Travis's Flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/toranosuke/tags/freer/ Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 11 Apr 2012

In this episode, your hosts examine the development of fiat and commodity currencies in Ancient Japan and the strategies used by the ruling class to encourage the distribution of coinage, as well as methods used by the ruling class to generate wealth. Mentioned in this podcast: Kobata Atsushi. Coinage from the Kamakura Period through the Edo Period.Acta Asiatica 21 (1971). pp98-108. Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 25 Mar 2012

In this episode we finish off our battle of Nagashino series with an interview and Q&A with Nate Ledbetter, author of "Samurai as Commander: The Battle of Nagashino (1575) and the Military Decision-Making Process". The focus of our interview today is the battle itself. Mentioned in this podcast: Higuchi Takaharu. Karyoku no Tairyô Tônyû o Kyodai na Senryoku Toshite Katsuyô. Nagashino no Tatakai. Tokyo: Gakken Publishing, 2010. Print. Pp 72-77. Higuchi Takaharu. Saigo ni Ketteida wo Ataeta Kiba Gundan ha Sonzai Shita!Nagashino no Tatakai. Tokyo: Gakken Publishing, 2010. Print. Pp. 66-71. Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 11 Mar 2012

In this episode, Nate gives a narrative of the events of the battle of Nagashino, and his analysis of what happened on the battlefield. Find out how the battlefield was set up, troops arrayed, and how the battle went down in the 5th month of 1575. Mentioned in this podcast: Elisonas, J. and Lamers, J. The Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga BRILL (June 22, 2011) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/9004201629 Sadler, A.L. Shogun: The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu Tuttle Publishing (July 10, 2009) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/4805310421 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 26 Feb 2012

This episode we interview Nate about using the US Military’s Military Decision Making Process as a tool to analyze the battle of Nagashino and other sengoku period battles. Mentioned in this podcast: Lamers, Jeroen. Japonius Tyrannus: The Japanese Warlord Oda Nobunaga Reconsidered Hotei Publishing (November 2001) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/9074822223 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 65 Minutes 12 Feb 2012

If you’ve ever wondered what the process is behind historical research, here’s your chance to find out. Your hosts talk about different methodologies of historical research and analysis, and the pros and cons of each in looking at Japanese history. Mentioned in this podcast: Grossberg, Kenneth. Japan's Renaissance - The Politics of the Muromachi Bakufu Cornell University, New York, 2001http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1885445083 Hall, John W. Government and Local Power in Japan 500-1700: A Study Based on Bizen Province ACLS Humanities E-Book, August 1, 2008http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1597405957 Kerr, George. Okinawa: The History of an Island People Tuttle Publishing; Revised edition (October 1, 2000) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804820872 Sadler, A.L. Shogun: The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu Tuttle Publishing (July 10, 2009) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/4805310421 Sansom, George. A History of Japan to 1334 Stanford University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 1958) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804705232 Sansom, George. A History of Japan, 1334-1615 Stanford University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 1961) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804705259 Sansom, George. A History of Japan, 1615-1867 Stanford University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 1963) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804705275 Souryi, Pierre. The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture) Columbia University Press (August 27, 2003) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0231118430 Walker, Brett. The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion,1590-1800 University of California Press; 1 edition (February 21, 2006) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0520248341 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 28 Jan 2012

In January 2012 Nate presented his paper, "Samurai as Commander: The Battle of Nagashino (1575) and the Military Decision-Making Process" at the Japan Studies Association conference, where he re-examines the battle of Nagashino, taking into account everything that a modern military analyst would examine, challenging the conventional story of what happened on the battlefield in 1575. Convention has it that Oda Nobunaga lined up 3,000 gunners behind palisades, and cut down each advancing wave of the Takeda cavalry, winning both the battle and firmly establishing guns as the new method of warfare in japan. Nate challenges these notions and more . This is the audio of his presentation. Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 25 Jan 2012

For part 3 of our JSA coverage, Chris, Nate, Travis, and guest host Alison Rapp continue their roundtable discussion of the 18th annual Japan Studies Association conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii on the Hawaii Tokai International College campus in January, 2012. Follow Alison Rapp on Twitter: @mnemosynekurai Presentations mentioned: The Impact of Internationalization of Minority Language Protectionin Japan: Insights for Ainu from Europe - Theresa Savage, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Reforms in Japan's Criminal Justice System - Philip Reichel, University of Northern Colorado. Terrible Knowledge: Using Japanese Anime to Teach WWII without Traumatizing Students - Mara Miller, Independent Scholar. What Anime Is... And What Anime Can Teach Media Educators About the Politics of Viewing Anime- Lien Fan Shen, University of Utah. Mentioned in this Podcast: Barefoot Gen: http://amzn.to/wc1Sdi Grave of Fireflies: http://amzn.to/zdXKNC Mechademia http://mechademia.org/ Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 52 Minutes 21 Jan 2012

In part 2 of our Japan Studies Association conference coverage, Nate and Alison talk about their presentations, "Samurai as Commander: The Battle of Nagashino (1575) and the Military Decision-Making Process" and "Speech We Hate: An Argument for the Cessation of International Pressure on Japan to Strengthen its Anti-Child Pornography Laws" respectively, as well as discuss preparing for and presenting at academic conferences. Follow Alison Rapp on Twitter: @mnemosynekurai Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 16 Jan 2012

In this episode, Chris, Nate, Travis, and guest host Alison Rapp have a roundtable discussion about the 18th annual Japan Studies Association conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii on the Hawaii Tokai International College campus. This episode is part one of three, and topics include the "soft power" of Hello Kitty, economic theories of roving bandits and their applicability to 16th century Japan, the give and take between Japan and China vis a vis Chinese museum exhibits, and more. Follow Alison Rapp on Twitter: @mnemosynekurai Presentations mentioned: Japan's Cute-Cool as Global Wink - Dr. Christine Yano, University of Hawaii at Manoa. The Politics of War Memory in Sino-Japanese Relations: Negotiating the Contents of War Exhibitions - Karl Gustafsson, Lund University. Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and Roving Bandits: Are the Farmers Really Safe? - Arthur "Trey" Fleisher, Metropolitan State College of Denver. Singing Sustenance: An Ethnographic Account of Village Songs and Rural Sustenance in Kyushu, Japan - Eid-Ul Hasan, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. Farming in Japan: Cultural Icon Under Siege - William "Sandy" Pfeiffer, Warren Wilson College. Living Ghosts: POWs, Japan, and Ghostly Memories - Matthew Allen, University of Wollongong. Kamikaze, Yushukan, and the Cult of Self Sacrifice in War Memory- Rumi Sakamoto, University of Auckland. Mentioned in this Podcast: Let the Sea Make a Noise...: A History of the North Pacific from Magellan to MacArthur By Walter A. McDougall, Harper Perennial; First Edition edition (March 30, 2004) http://tinyurl.com/873pnw2 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 08 Jan 2012

This episode Travis talks about a conference he attended in October 2011 titled "Utopias and the Japanese Imaginary". Travis presented his paper on Hokusai's "Eight Views of Okinawa", a collection of eight woodblock prints done by Hokusai, who had never actually been to Okinawa. He discusses why Hokusai chose to do a collection of prints on Okinawa, despite never having been there, what resources he used, and why. Follow Travis on Twitter: @toranosukev Mentioned in this podcast: Izumisaki Bus station: https://plus.google.com/108293617575237683045/about?gl=US&hl=en-US Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies: http://www.international.ucla.edu/japan/ Utopias and the Japanese Imaginary Conference: http://www.international.ucla.edu/calendar/showevent.asp?eventid=9022 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 26 Dec 2011

During the Edo period, tales of revenge taken from events of the day inspired artists, play writes, and entertainers alike, and developed into an entire genre of popular culture which we examine in this podcast. Mentioned in this podcast: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/B0002W4TOO Kabuki 21 All about Japan's traditional Theatre Art of Kabuki: http://www.kabuki21.com/ Benten Kozo: http://www.kabuki21.com/benten_kozo.php Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi: http://www.kabuki21.com/ageya.php Sukeroku: http://www.kabuki21.com/sukeroku.php Tengajaya: http://www.kabuki21.com/tengajaya.php Shively, D.H. Bakufu Vs. Kabuki Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Vol. 18, No. 3/4 (Dec., 1955), pp. 326-356 http://www.jstor.org/pss/2718437 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 12 Dec 2011

Until Kataki-Uchi, or blood revenge, was outlawed by the Meiji government in 1873, it had a long history in Japan. But it wasn't until the Edo period where, in a move possibly unique to Japan, it became highly regulated, and laws, requirements, and restrictions were put into place to regulate vengeance. In this episode we talk about how and why revenge became regulated, and what the requirements were for someone who wanted to apply for a "license to kill" in order to take vengeance on someone who had wronged them. Mentioned in this podcast: Mills, D.E. Kataki-Uchi: The Practice of Blood-Revenge in Pre-Modern Japan Modern Asian Studies Vol. 10, No. 4 (1976), pp. 525-542 http://www.jstor.org/pss/311761 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 72 Minutes 05 Dec 2011

In part 2 of our “14 Japanese Movies You Should See” podcast, we present our top 2 choices, as well as our honorable mentions. Mentioned in this podcast: Flickchart: http://www.flickchart.com Chris's Flickchart: http://www.flickchart.com/kuuzo Travis's Flickchart: http://www.flickchart.com/Toranosuke Supercar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTOflOgbsBg Ulfuls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teGJw2rD0y8 The Yakuza Film Rundown: http://www.yakuzafilm.com Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 25 Nov 2011

In this episode, we take a short break from Japanese history to touch on another related interest - Japanese movies. With hundreds of Japanese movies now easily available in the West, it can be tough to filter through what is worth watching. So, we thought we'd put together a Japanese Movie podcast where we could recommend to you movies that we think you should see. Rather than recommend "the best" Japanese movies, we decided to focus on less known movies that are great for their own specific reasons that we touch on in the podcast. After all, everyone interested in Japan and Japanese movies has already seen every Kurosawa movie out there. Since listing the movies we recommend here would defeat the purpose of the podcast, you'll have to listen to find out our recommendations - we hope you find this both interesting and informative! If you have another movie you'd like to recommend, feel free to add a comment on the podcast blog. Mentioned in this podcast: Flickchart: http://www.flickchart.com Chris's Flickchart: http://www.flickchart.com/kuuzo Travis's Flickchart: http://www.flickchart.com/Toranosuke Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show: http://www.youtube.com/show/gorgeous_tiny Okinawa ni Furu Yuki: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxcixmxN4vM The Yakuza Film Rundown: http://www.yakuzafilm.com Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 19 Nov 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) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804708150 Hillsborough, Romulus. Ryoma: Life of a Renaissance Samurai Ridgeback Pr (May 1999) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0966740165 Ichimujin - Official Site http://www.ichimujin.com Japanese Castle Explorer - http://www.japanese-castle-explorer.com/ When the Last Sword Is Drawn Directed by Yôjirô Takita http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/B000BQ5J18 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 61 Minutes 13 Nov 2011

This episode of the Samurai Archives Japan History Podcast, your hosts Nate, Chris, Travis, and Joseph talk about who they are and why they got interested in Japanese history. The hosts also comment on their interests and favorite books and historians. Mentioned in this Podcast: Astor, Gerald. A Blood-Dimmed Tide: The Battle of the Bulge by the Men Who Fought It Dell (December 3, 1993) http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Dimmed-Tide-Battle-Fought-Library/dp/0440215749/ Conlan, Thomas D. State of War: The Violent Order of Fourteenth-Century Japan Univ of Michigan Center for; illustrated edition edition (July 2003) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1929280238 Farris, William Wayne. Japan's Medieval Population: Famine, Fertility, and Warfare in a Transformative Age Univ of Hawaii Pr (August 1, 2009) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824834240 Farris, William Wayne. Heavenly Warriors: The Evolution of Japan's Military, 500-1300 Harvard University Asia Center, April 15, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/067438704X Sansom, George. A History of Japan to 1334 Stanford University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 1958) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804705232 Sansom, George. A History of Japan, 1334-1615 Stanford University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 1961) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804705259 Sansom, George. A History of Japan, 1615-1867 Stanford University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 1963) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804705275 Statler, Oliver. Japanese Inn: A Reconstruction Of The Past Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1166136787 Toby, Ronald. State and Diplomacy in Early Modern Japan: Asia in the Development of the Tokugawa Bakufu Stanford University Press; 1 edition (December 1, 1991) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804719527 Vaporis, Constantine. Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo, and the Culture of Early Modern Japan Univ of Hawaii Pr (July 31, 2008) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824832051 Varley, H. Paul. Warriors of Japan: As Portrayed in the War Tales University of Hawaii Press (April 1994) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824816013 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 06 Nov 2011

This episode of the Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast, we tackle a recurring question that comes up time and again: the misunderstanding of "strategy" vs. "tactics" as used in military history. Most people seem to think the words are interchangeable. However, when you're discussing military history, it's important to use the correct terms because they imply completely different things. This examination of the meaning and application of strategy, operations, and tactics is illustrated by both modern examples, as well as the battle of Okehazama and the battle of Nagashino. Mentioned in this podcast: Conlan, Thomas. Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior 1200-1877 AD By Thomas, D Conlan, Amber Books Ltd, 2008 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1906626073 Von Clausewitz, Carl. On War Princeton University Press; 1St Edition edition (June 1, 1989) http://www.amazon.com/War-Carl-von-Clausewitz/dp/0691018545 Samurai Archives Blog: Strategical Buffoonery http://shogun-yashiki.blogspot.com/2010/06/strategical-buffoonery.html Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 66 Minutes 30 Oct 2011

For our final Introduction to Japanese History series podcast, we cover the last part of the Sengoku period. We start with the assassination of Oda Nobunaga by Akechi Mitsuhide in Kyoto while all of his other generals are scattered about the country. Toyotomi (Hashiba) Hideyoshi gets back to Kyoto first and avenges Nobunaga's death, and the unification of Japan continues under him, and then ultimately under Tokugawa Ieyasu. We cover the events and battles of this period, as well as answer some listener Q&A about the Sengoku period. Mentioned in this podcast: Berry, Mary E. Hideyoshi (Harvard East Asian Monographs) Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University (January 1, 1989) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0674390261 Farris, William Wayne. Heavenly Warriors: The Evolution of Japan's Military, 500-1300 Harvard University Asia Center, April 15, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/067438704X Friday, Karl. Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan (Warfare and History) Routledge; New edition edition (December 29, 2003) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0415329639 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 71 Minutes 24 Oct 2011

From the 1550's until his death in 1582, Oda Nobunaga was involved in constant warfare. One by one, the major Daimyo of his era - the Imagawa, the Takeda, the Asai and Asakura and others - fell before his armies. This episode, we give a concise history of Nobunaga's ambition to unify the country under his rule, from the pivotal battle of Okehazama that first put him on the national stage, to his betrayal at the hands of Akechi Mitsuhide. Mentioned in this podcast: Lamers, Jeroen. Japonius Tyrannus: The Japanese Warlord Oda Nobunaga Reconsidered Hotei Publishing (November 2001) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/9074822223 Neilson, David Society at War: Eyewitness Accounts of Sixteenth Century Japan PhD Dissertation University of Oregon, 2007 http://gradworks.umi.com/32/85/3285619.html Yoshikawa, Eiji. Taiko: An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan Kodansha Amer Inc; 1st edition (September 1992) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/4770026099 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 16 Oct 2011

For the 13th episode of our Introduction to Japanese History series, we present a "Who's Who" of Daimyo of the later Sengoku period. We cover the big names of the Sengoku, the Daimyo that anyone who has an interest in the Samurai would have heard of, and is a primer for those who are new to the Samurai. Introduced in this podcast are Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Takeda Shingen, Uesugi Kenshin, and others. Mentioned in this podcast: Lamers, Jeroen. Japonius Tyrannus: The Japanese Warlord Oda Nobunaga Reconsidered Hotei Publishing (November 2001) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/9074822223 Neilson, David Society at War: Eyewitness Accounts of Sixteenth Century Japan PhD Dissertation University of Oregon, 2007 http://gradworks.umi.com/32/85/3285619.html Samurai Archives Blog: The Death of Takeda Shingen - A Translation http://shogun-yashiki.blogspot.com/2011/04/death-of-takeda-shingen-translation.html Samurai Archives Blog: Interview with John Bender, Sengoku Student and Analyst http://shogun-yashiki.blogspot.com/2009/05/interview-with-john-bender-sengoku.html Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 75 Minutes 09 Oct 2011

After the Onin war in the mid-late 15th century, the centralized power of the Ashikaga Shogunate collapsed, leaving the field open to anyone ambitious and powerful enough to make a grab for power. During the first half of the Sengoku period (approximately 1477-1560) there was massive consolidation as daimyo across Japan solidified their power bases and battled for land and resources. The lack of central government left individual clans to fend for themselves, and in the ensuing chaos many would rise and fall in epic battles that anyone familiar with the pop-culture representations of the Samurai in Movies and Anime would recognize. Mentioned in this podcast: Morillo, Stephen. Guns and Government: A Comparative Study of Europe and Japan Journal of World History, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring, 1995), pp. 75-106 http://www.jstor.org/pss/20078620 Neilson, David Society at War: Eyewitness Accounts of Sixteenth Century Japan PhD Dissertation University of Oregon, 2007 http://gradworks.umi.com/32/85/3285619.html Toby, Ronald. Review: Rescuing the Nation from History: The State of the State in Early Modern Japan Monumenta Nipponica Vol. 56, No. 2 (Summer, 2001), pp. 197-237 http://www.jstor.org/stable/2668408 Samurai Archives Blog: Interview with John Bender, Sengoku Student and Analyst http://shogun-yashiki.blogspot.com/2009/05/interview-with-john-bender-sengoku.html Shogun Total War - Gold Edition (Game) Sengoku(Game) Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 02 Oct 2011

In this episode of our Introduction to Japanese History series, we look at the 15th century and the build up to the Onin war, and what would ultimately lead to the age of the country at war - the Sengoku period. Mentioned in this podcast: Durston, Diane. Old Kyoto: The Updated Guide to Traditional Shops, Restaurants, and Inns Kodansha USA; 2 edition (April 1, 2005) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/4770029942 Grossberg, Kenneth. From Feudal Chieftain to Secular Monarch: The Development of Shogunal Power in Early Muromachi Japan Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Spring, 1976), pp. 29-49 http://www.jstor.org/stable/2384184 Grossberg, Kenneth. Japan's Renaissance - The Politics of the Muromachi Bakufu Cornell University, New York, 2001 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1885445083 Mason, Penelope. History of Japanese Art Prentice Hall; 2nd edition (October 4, 2004) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0131176013 Souryi, Pierre. The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture) Columbia University Press (August 27, 2003) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0231118430 Verschuer, Charlotte Von. Ashikaga Yoshimitsu's Foreign Policy 1398 to 1408 A.D.: A Translation from Zenrin Kokuhōki, the Cambridge Manuscript Monumenta Nipponica Volume 62, Number 3, Autumn 2007 https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/monumenta_nipponica/summary/v062/62.3verschuer.html Yamamura, Kozo & Imatani, Akira. Not for Lack of Will or Wile: Yoshimitsu's Failure to Supplant the Imperial Lineage Journal of Japanese Studies Vol. 18, No. 1 (Winter, 1992), pp. 45-78 http://www.jstor.org/stable/132707 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 19 Sep 2011

For the 10th episode in our Intro to Japanese History podcast series, we examine the events that lead to the fall of the Kamakura Shogunate. Emperor Go-Daigo, deciding he wants a return to imperial rule without a Shogunate, enlists various warrior families to support him in overthrowing the Kamakura Bakufu and the Hojo regents - however not all goes as planned as Ashikaga Takauji, his ally turned enemy, ends his dream of imperial rule and establishes the Ashikaga Shogunate. Unfortunately for the Ashikaga clan, it's not all rainbows and lollipops for the first 60 years of the Ashikaga Shogunate, as Go-Daigo's supporters set up an alternate imperial line and engage in decades of guerrilla and outright war on behalf of the emperor. Mentioned in this podcast: Arnesen, Peter. The Medieval Japanese Daimyo: The Ouchi Family's Rule of Suo and Nagato Yale University Press (1979) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/B000PSGVY6 Grossberg, Kenneth. From Feudal Chieftain to Secular Monarch: The Development of Shogunal Power in Early Muromachi Japan Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Spring, 1976), pp. 29-49 http://www.jstor.org/stable/2384184 Grossberg, Kenneth. Japan's Renaissance - The Politics of the Muromachi Bakufu Cornell University, New York, 2001 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1885445083 Mishima, Yukio.The Temple of the Golden Pavilion Vintage; Trade Paperback Edition edition (October 4, 1994) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0679752706 Mishima, Yukio.Patriotism New Directions; Second Edition edition (February 24, 2010) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0811218546 Morris, Ivan. The Nobility of Failure: Tragic Heroes in the History of Japan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 1, 1988) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0374521204 Souryi, Pierre. The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture) Columbia University Press (August 27, 2003) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0231118430 Yamamura, Kozo & Imatani, Akira. Not for Lack of Will or Wile: Yoshimitsu's Failure to Supplant the Imperial Lineage Journal of Japanese Studies Vol. 18, No. 1 (Winter, 1992), pp. 45-78 http://www.jstor.org/stable/132707 Zollner, Reinhard. Review: The Sun Also Rises. Go-Daigo in Revolt Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 53, No. 4 (Winter, 1998), pp. 517-527 http://www.jstor.org/stable/2385743 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 12 Sep 2011

Part nine of our Introduction to Japanese History series gives a brief overview of the two attempted Mongol Invasions of Japan during the 13th century, and the effect it had on the country in general, and the Hojo regents and Bakufu specifically. Mentioned in this podcast: Conlan, Thomas. In Little Need of Divine Intervention: Takezaki Suenaga's Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan Cornell Univ East Asia Program (August 2002) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/188544513X Sansom, George. A History of Japan to 1334 Stanford University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 1958) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804705232 Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan, from Bowdoin College: http://www.bowdoin.edu/mongol-scrolls/ Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 06 Sep 2011

In part 8 of our Introduction to Japanese History podcast, we examine the early Kamakura period. Once Minamoto Yoritomo became Shogun, he began using the authority given to him by the emperor to solidify his power. Over the course of the next 20 years the Minamoto would usurp much of the power of the imperial court, only to be replaced completely by a line of puppet shoguns controlled by the Hojo Regents. Mentioned in this podcast: Brownlee, John. Crisis as Reinforcement of the Imperial Institution. The Case of the Jokyu Incident, 1221 Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Summer, 1975), pp. 193-201 http://www.jstor.org/pss/2383842 Mass, Jeffrey (Ed). Court and Bakufu in Japan: Essays in Kamakura History Stanford University Press (January 1, 1995) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804724733 Mass, Jeffrey. Yoritomo and the Founding of the First Bakufu: The Origins of Dual Government in Japan Stanford University Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2000) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804735913 Mass, Jeffrey. Lordship and Inheritance in Early Medieval Japan: A Study of the Kamakura Soryo System ACLS Humanities E-Book (August 1, 2008) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1597405981 Thomas D. Conlan, Karl F. Friday. Currents in Medieval Japanese History: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey P. Mass Figueroa Press (September 1, 2009) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1932800522 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 29 Aug 2011

An important development in the history of Japan and the Heian period, was the rise of the warrior class, which would eventually bring about a true feudal system run by warriors. As more and more military responsibility was delegated to provincial warlords who were out of the sphere of influence of the capital, these warrior houses grew in power. The transition from a central government run by the Heian court to the rise of the warrior class as the controlling group began with the Taira clan, led by Taira Kiyomori, who usurped the power of the Fujiwara clan. Eventually, the only alternative for people who were at odds with the Taira clan, was to throw in their lot with the Minamoto clan of Eastern warriors, which would eventually lead to civil war. Mentioned in this podcast: Friday, Karl. Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan (Warfare and History) Routledge; New edition edition (December 29, 2003) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0415329639 Hall, John W. Government and Local Power in Japan 500-1700: A Study Based on Bizen Province ACLS Humanities E-Book, August 1, 2008 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1597405957 McCullough, Helen. The Tale of the Heike Stanford University Press; 1st edition (March 1, 1990) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804718032 Sansom, George. A History of Japan to 1334 Stanford University Press, 1958 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804705232 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 61 Minutes 21 Aug 2011

In this episode of our Introduction to Japanese history series, we examine the rise of the warrior class during the Heian period. As the Heian period began, there was not a distinct warrior class, but armies were raised on an ad hoc basis when needed by the court to put down rebellions, bandits, and pirates. As the Heian period went on, provincial lords began to maintain professional warrior bands to protect their lands and legitimacy, and to go to war on behalf of the court. The court would continue to give these provincial lords legitimacy through bestowing titles and lands. But, as the Heian period went on, court control of these provincial lords and their armies began to weaken. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Friday, Karl. Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan Stanford University Press, March 1, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804726965 Friday, Karl. Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan (Warfare and History) Routledge; New edition edition (December 29, 2003) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0415329639 Friday, Karl. Teeth and Claws. Provincial Warriors and the Heian Court Monumenta Nipponica Vol. 43, No. 2 (Summer, 1988), pp. 153-185 http://www.jstor.org/pss/2384742 Hall, John W. Government and Local Power in Japan 500-1700: A Study Based on Bizen Province ACLS Humanities E-Book, August 1, 2008 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1597405957 McCullough, Helen. The Tale of the Heike Stanford University Press; 1st edition (March 1, 1990) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804718032 Sansom, George. A History of Japan to 1334 Stanford University Press, 1958 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804705232 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 58 Minutes 16 Aug 2011

Part five of our Introduction to Japanese History series covers the Heian period. The Heian period (794AD-1185AD) is named after Heian-kyo (present day Kyoto). The Heian period is known for it's art, literature, and poetry, as well as the spread of Tendai and Shingon Buddhism. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Mason, Penelope. History of Japanese Art Published jointly by Prentice Hall and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. October 4, 2004 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0131176013 Ooms, Herman. Imperial Politics and Symbolics in Ancient Japan: The Tenmu Dynasty, 650-800 Univ of Hawaii Press, October 2008 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824832353 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 07 Aug 2011

Continuing our Introduction to Japanese History series is part 2 of our Asuka-Nara podcast. The Asuka-Nara period (538AD-794AD) is known for it's classic art and architecture, the introduction of Buddhism, and the Taika reforms and Ritsuryo system. Japan adopted many Chinese style institutions, began to form a national government, and started to assert itself internationally in East Asia. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Brown, Delmer (Editor). The Cambridge History of Japan, Vol. 1: Ancient Japan Cambridge University Press, July 30, 1993 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0521223520 Farris, William Wayne. Heavenly Warriors: The Evolution of Japan's Military, 500-1300 Harvard University Asia Center, April 15, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/067438704X Friday, Karl. Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan Stanford University Press, March 1, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804726965 Hall, John W. Government and Local Power in Japan 500-1700: A Study Based on Bizen Province ACLS Humanities E-Book, August 1, 2008 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1597405957 Ooms, Herman. Imperial Politics and Symbolics in Ancient Japan: The Tenmu Dynasty, 650-800 Univ of Hawaii Press, October 2008 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824832353 Sansom, George. A History of Japan to 1334 Stanford University Press, 1958 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804705232 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 04 Aug 2011

Continuing our Introduction to Japanese History podcast series, we will examine the Asuka-Nara period over two episodes. The Asuka-Nara period (538AD-794AD) is known for it's classic art and architecture, the introduction of Buddhism, and the Taika reforms and Ritsuryo system. Japan adopted many Chinese style institutions, began to form a national government, and started to assert itself internationally in East Asia. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this Podcast: Hall, John W. Government and Local Power in Japan 500-1700: A Study Based on Bizen Province ACLS Humanities E-Book, August 1, 2008 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1597405957 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 25 Jul 2011

For part two of our Introduction to Japanese History series, we'll be covering the Yayoi period which was a sharp change from the culture of the Jomon period, where there was a massive influx of NE Asians into the Japanese archipelago. This was followed by the Kofun period, where Japan began to slowly consolidate and unify into a confederacy. The name of the Kofun period comes from the huge keyhole shaped burial mounds known as "Kofun". Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Edwards, Walter. Event and Process in the Founding of Japan: The Horserider Theory in Archeological Perspective Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Summer, 1983), pp. 265-295 http://www.jstor.org/pss/132294 Farris, William Wayne. Heavenly Warriors: The Evolution of Japan's Military, 500-1300 Harvard University Asia Center, April 15, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/067438704X Hudson, Mark. Ruins of Identity: Ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands Univ of Hawaii Press, March 2006 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824821564 Ikegami, Eiko. Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture Cambridge University Press, February 28, 2005 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0521601150 Imamura, Keiji. Prehistoric Japan: New Perspectives On Insular East Asia Routledge, October 24, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1857286170 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 18 Jul 2011

For part one of our Introduction to Japanese History series, we’ll be starting at the beginning of the earliest history of the Japanese archipelago and the changes that took place in culture and technology from the Paleolithic period to the Jomon period, which takes us from prehistory to approximately 300BC. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: http://japanesearchaeology.com/ Aikens, C. Prehistory of Japan (Studies in Archaeology) Academic Pr, September 1982 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0120452804 Barnes, Gina. The Rise of Civilization in East Asia Thames & Hudson, July 1, 1999 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0500279748 Batten, Bruce. Gateway to Japan: Hakata in War And Peace, 500-1300 Univ of Hawaii Press, March 2006 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824830296 Hudson, Mark. Ruins of Identity: Ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands Univ of Hawaii Press, March 2006 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824821564 Imamura, Keiji. Prehistoric Japan: New Perspectives On Insular East Asia Routledge, October 24, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/1857286170 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 70 Minutes 28 Jun 2011

After Japan closed its borders and kicked the Christian missionaries out of Japan, it was forced to undertake a national maritime defense to protect against any potential foreign threats. In this podcast, we examine the defense of the port of Nagasaki, from the political and military structure to the actual defenses constructed at the port. We also examine the successes and failures that occurred in Nagasaki, starting with the torching of a Portuguese ship and execution of most of its sailors in 1640, to the drastic failure to defend the port against the British Navy ship Phaeton in 1808. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Arima, Seiho. The Western Influence on Japanese Military Science, Shipbuilding, and Navigation Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 19 No. 3/4 Sophia University, 1964 http://www.jstor.org/stable/2383177 Wilson, Noell. Tokugawa Defense Redux: Organizational Failure in the Phaeton Incident of 1808 Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 36 No. 1, Society for Japanese Studies, 2010 http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_japanese_studies/summary/v036/36.1.wilson.html Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 21 Jun 2011

In the third and final of our Samurai Behaving Badly series, we examine Samurai deceit, deception, and betrayal - illustrated by a virtual rogues gallery of treacherous Samurai, including Yamato Takeru, Minamoto Yoshinaka, Akamatsu Mitsusuke, Hojo Soun, Oda Nobuhide, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Mori Motonari, the 47 Ronin, the Shinsengumi, and others. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Shogun-ki Blog The 47 Ronin: Feudal Drive-By Of Yore http://shogun-yashiki.blogspot.com/2011/05/47-ronin-feudal-drive-by-of-yore.html Miura, Ayako. Lady Gracia - A Samurai Wife's Love, Strife, and Faith IBC Publishing, Tokyo, 2004 (Translated by Susan Tsumura) http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/4925080822 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 13 Jun 2011

Everyone is familiar with the classic image of the honorable Samurai, fearless in the face of death and ardently adhering to the tenets of Bushido, so we've decided give a counterpoint to this image with examples of Samurai deceit, deception, betrayal, and generally dishonorable mayhem. In the second of our Samurai Behaving Badly series, we examine the belief that Samurai would rather die than surrender - illustrated by examples from Ogasawara Nagatada, Yamanaka Shikanosuke, and Matsunaga Hisahide. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Berry, Mary E. Hideyoshi (Harvard East Asian Monographs) Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University (January 1, 1989)http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0674390261 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 06 Jun 2011

Everyone is familiar with the classic image of the honorable Samurai, fearless in the face of death and ardently adhering to the tenets of Bushido, so we've decided give a counterpoint to this image with examples of Samurai deceit, deception, betrayal, and generally dishonorable mayhem. In the first of our Samurai Behaving Badly series, we examine concepts of loyalty - loyalty to clan, lord, and family, with examples of grievous disloyalty from the likes of Akechi Mitsuhide, Araki Murashige, Kobayakawa Hideaki, Mori Motonari, Sue Harukata, and the vassals of the unfortunate Besho Yoshichika. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Neilson, David Society at War: Eyewitness Accounts of Sixteenth Century Japan PhD Dissertation University of Oregon, 2007 http://gradworks.umi.com/32/85/3285619.html Berry, Mary Samurai Trouble: Thoughts on War and Loyalty. The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol 64, No. 4, 2005 http://www.jstor.org/pss/25075901 Friday, Karl Bushido or Bull? A Medieval Historian's Perspective on the Imperial Army and the Japanese Warrior Tradition. The History Teacher, Vol 27, No. 3, 1994 http://www.jstor.org/pss/494774 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 30 May 2011

In this podcast we examine the myth of Japan's Samurai giving up the gun during the Edo period (1603-1868). In 1979, Professor Noel Perrin wrote a book called Giving Up the Gun, Japan's Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879, and in this book he claims that Japan gave up the gun, or "put the genie back in the bottle" as it were, and pushes his theory to show that the contemporary nuclear arms race happening as he wrote the book could be reversed. A great thought, unfortunately in academic circles in the West and Japan, his work is not taken seriously, and the Japanese language version explicitly states that the book is not based on historical fact. Despite this, writers and scholars who do not generally focus on Japan have liberally cited his work, which has kept the myth alive. Add to that the pop-culture image of Samurai as honor-bound righteous warriors who would never do something so dishonorable as shoot an enemy from a distance, and it's easy to see why the myth has endured. Japan in fact didn't "give up the gun" at all. Guns were being produced and used throughout the Edo period. It was more of an issue of guns not being necessary during this time of peace, and Samurai already being armed with swords as a matter of course anyway - why bring a bulky, long-barreled muzzle-loading single-shot arquebus to a sword duel? Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Etheridge, Charles, Reinventing the Sword: A Cultural Comparison of the Development of the Sword in Response to the Advent of Firearms in Spain and Japan. (Thesis) LA State University, 2007 http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-11122007-003804/unrestricted/Ethridge_thesis.pdf Arima, Seiho, The Western Influence on Japanese Military Science, Shipbuilding, and Navigation Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 19 No. 3/4 Sophia University, 1964 http://www.jstor.org/stable/2383177 Perrin, Noel, Giving Up the Gun, Japan's Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879 D. R. Godine; First Edition edition 1979 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0879237732 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 23 May 2011

From the 1540's through the battle of Nagashino and on until the end of the Sengoku period (Approx. 1477-1615) , Western guns in Japan played a bigger and bigger role in war and revolutionized warfare during the 16th century. In this podcast, your hosts examine the use and distribution of Western guns during this time with records of the numbers of guns held by Daimyo armies and deployed in battle, and how warfare changed during this period. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Baxter, James C. and Joshua A. Fogel, ed. Paul Varley Oda Nobunaga, Guns, and Early Modern Warfare Writing Histories In Japan. International Research Center for Japanese Studies Kyoto 2007 http://bit.ly/mLNUtu The Impact of Firearms on Japanese Warfare, 1543-98 By Delmer M. Brown, The Far Eastern Quarterly, Vol. 7, No. 3 (May, 1948), pp. 236-253 http://bit.ly/kJ3v7N Neilson, David Society at War: Eyewitness Accounts of Sixteenth Century Japan PhD Dissertation University of Oregon, 2007 http://bit.ly/gglZnb Oda Nobunaga Rekishi Gunzo Series #1 GAKKEN, 1996 Uezato, Takashi, Ryûkyû no kaki ni tsuite (On Ryukyu's Firearms) Okinawa Bunka, No. 36, pp73-92, July 2000 Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior 1200-1877 AD By Thomas, D Conlan, Amber Books Ltd, 2008 http://bit.ly/iTAroK Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 16 May 2011

In the 3rd episode of the Samurai Archives Podcast, your hosts tackle the history of the gun in Japan prior to and including the introduction of firearms by the Portuguese in the 1540's. Contrary to popular belief, and often overlooked by historians, guns did in fact make their way into Japan as early as the 1450's, mainly through Ryukyu or to mainland Japan via China and Korea. Although they remained more of an oddity or curio until they were mass produced beginning in the 1540's, there are accounts of them in Japan long before the introduction by Western traders, which we present to you in this episode. And, for anyone who has ever wondered what the difference is between a musket, matchlock, and arquebus, we'll give you a concise explanation of the types of firearms in question. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior 1200-1877 AD By Thomas, D Conlan, Amber Books Ltd, 2008 http://bit.ly/iTAroK Uezato, Takashi, Ryûkyû no kaki ni tsuite (On Ryukyu's Firearms) Okinawa Bunka, No. 36, pp73-92, July 2000 Oda Nobunaga Rekishi Gunzo Series #1 GAKKEN, 1996 Etheridge, Charles, Reinventing the Sword: A Cultural Comparison of the Development of the Sword in Response to the Advent of Firearms in Spain and Japan. (Thesis) LA State University, 2007 http://bit.ly/lksqzU Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 09 May 2011

This is part 2 of 2 of our Battle of Nagashino podcast. Few battles in Japanese history are as hyped or misunderstood as the Battle of Nagashino. For over 400 years, an iconic image of the modern forces of Oda Nobunaga, using Western guns to destroy the traditional Takeda cavalry, held sway over interpretations by both Japanese and Western historians. The Battle of Nagashino took place on 29 June, 1575. The campaign occurred in Mikawa province, in the vicinity of Nagashino Castle, hence the name. However, the main engagement that came to be known as the Battle of Nagashino took place at Shitaragahara, approximately three kilometers from Nagashino Castle. We continue our discussion of the battle of Nagashino and the "Military Revolution" theory adopted by many Western historians including Delmer Brown and Geoffrey Parker. We also look at the primary and secondary sources for the battle of Nagashino, and look into the history of guns in Japan, and their importance in Japanese warfare of the time. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: The Impact of Firearms on Japanese Warfare, 1543-98 By Delmer M. Brown, The Far Eastern Quarterly, Vol. 7, No. 3 (May, 1948), pp. 236-253 Guns and Government: A Comparative Study of Europe and Japan By Stephen Morillo, Journal of World History, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring, 1995), pp. 75-106 The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800 By Geoffrey Parker, Cambridge University Press Baxter, James C. and Joshua A. Fogel, ed. Paul Varley Oda Nobunaga, Guns, and Early Modern Warfare Writing Histories In Japan. International Research Center for Japanese Studies Kyoto 2007 Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 02 May 2011

Few battles in Japanese history are as hyped or misunderstood as the Battle of Nagashino. For over 400 years, an iconic image of the modern forces of Oda Nobunaga, using Western guns to destroy the traditional Takeda cavalry, held sway over interpretations by both Japanese and Western historians. The Battle of Nagashino took place on 29 June, 1575. The campaign occurred in Mikawa province, in the vicinity of Nagashino Castle, hence the name. However, the main engagement that came to be known as the Battle of Nagashino took place at Shitaragahara, approximately three kilometers from Nagashino Castle. The main forces were the Takeda, led by Takeda Katsuyori, on one side, and a partnership between Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu on the other. The Takeda were centered in Kai province, and controlled parts of Shinano, Totomi, and Suruga provinces. The Tokugawa directly bordered them in Mikawa and Totomi provinces to the south and west; they were the junior partner in an alliance with the Oda, who controlled most of central Japan from his headquarters in Mino at Gifu Castle. This included control of the Imperial capital, Kyōto. The Takeda besieged the Tokugawa castle of Nagashino. A relief force composed of the combined armies of the Tokugawa clan and the Oda clan arrived and deployed on the Shitaragahara field. Despite being heavily outnumbered, Takeda Katsuyori decided to attack. This decision proved disastrous, as the Takeda charges were repulsed by the combined Oda and Tokugawa forces making significant use of arquebus fire from behind loosely constructed palisades. The Takeda retreated, and lost two-thirds of their force in the battle. The Takeda ceased to be a player on the national stage, and were eventually destroyed by Nobunaga and Ieyasu in 1582. The removal of the Takeda threat enabled Oda Nobunaga to concentrate on other threats to his consolidation of power around the Imperial capital of Kyoto. This sequence of events is universally accepted as fact, and is used by Western historians to support the "Military Revolution" theory - that gunpowder was the driving force of change and modernization in the world. This podcast is part one of two on the battle of Nagashino. Your hosts are Chris, Travis and Nate. Nate is currently researching the battle for graduate school, and is the facilitator of the podcast. We'll take you through the biases in the sources, the "accepted" history of the battle of Nagashino, and where this all fits in the context of the Military Revolution theory. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Mentioned in this podcast: The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800 By Geoffrey Parker, Cambridge University Press http://amzn.to/lmlBxU Baxter, James C. and Joshua A. Fogel, ed. Paul Varley Oda Nobunaga, Guns, and Early Modern Warfare Writing Histories In Japan. International Research Center for Japanese Studies Kyoto 2007 http://bit.ly/mLNUtu Support this podcast: Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 25 Apr 2011

In this podcast, originally recorded in April 2010, Joseph (Author of the Ancient Japan Blog: http://japanesearchaeology.com) and Chris interview Travis Seifman about his recently published article Seals of Red and Letters of Gold: Japanese Relations with Southeast Asia in the 17th Century, which can be found here: http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/18229. The paper is a version of his M.A. dissertation in Japanese Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and it concerns Japan's diplomacy and trade with Southeast Asia during the 17th century. Support this podcast: Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 65 Minutes 18 Apr 2011

Your intrepid hosts Chris, Nate, and Travis are back for part 2 of the AAS/ICAS (The Association for Asian Studies and the International Convention of Asia Scholars) Conference wrap-up. This time they examine the themes and concepts presented in the seminar entitled Negotiating One's Place in Japan's Long Sixteenth Century. The presentations in this Sengoku-specific seminar included: An Individual Paradigm for Merchant Success at the Close of the Long Sixteenth Century, Suzanne Gay So Many Choices (And So Few Options) For Local Warriors, David Spafford This Land is My Land: Masuda Motonaga and the Politics of Territorial Redistribution in Choshu Domain, David A. Eason Warrior Conflicts With Their Daimyo in Early Seventeenth Century Japan, Luke S. Roberts Books, articles, and links mentioned in this podcast: The Moneylenders of Late Medieval Kyoto by Suzanne Marie Gay, University of Hawaii Press, 2001 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/082482461X An Apology of Betrayal: Political and Narrative Strategies in a Late Medieval Memoir by David Spafford, The Journal of Japanese Studies Volume 35, Number 2, Summer 2009 http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/jjs/summary/v035/35.2.spafford.html Mercantilism in a Japanese Domain: The Merchant Origins of Economic Nationalism in 18th-Century Tosa By Luke S. Roberts, Cambridge University Press, 2002 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0521621313 The Teeth and Claws of the Buddha: Monastic Warriors and Sohei in Japanese History By Mikael S. Adolphson University of Hawaii Press, 2007 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0824831233 A Dragon's Head and a Serpent's Tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War, 1592-1598 By Kenneth M. Swope University of Oklahoma Press 2009 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0806140569 Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books: http://bit.ly/fshWk7 Support this podcast: Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 11 Apr 2011

Travis Seifman, author of the recently published article Seals of Red and Letters of Gold - Japanese Relations with Southeast Asia in the 17th Century, and conference attendee joins Chris and Nate with part one of the AAS/ICAS (The Association for Asian Studies and the International Convention of Asia Scholars) Conference wrap-up. They go over a few more seminars that they had attended, as well as comments and reactions to the lectures, speakers, and the conference itself. The seminars and lectures mentioned in this podcast include: Okinawa, Furusato, and the Creation of a Postwar Vision of Japaneseness, Thomas O’Leary Celebrations of the Heart – Romantic Lit by Yuikawa Kei, Eileen B. Mikals-Adachi Portraits of Modern Japanese Working Women – the Literature of Hayashi Mariko, Hiromi Tsuchiya Dollase To Be Beautiful, Or Not To Be Beautiful, That Is The Question—Himeno Kaoruko’s Seikei Bijo, Satoko Kan Who is Aiko? ~ The Absent ‘Father’ in Natsuo Kirino’s I’m Sorry, Mama., Kayo Takeuchi “Food Imagery and Parody in 16th Century Japan: About the Shuhanron Emaki (The Illustrated Scroll of the Sake and Rice Debate)”, Claire-Akiko Brisset “From Warming Stone to Memorial Stone: Rethinking the History of Japanese Tea Cuisine”, Eric C Rath Wine and Eau-de-Cologne: From the Introduction of Western Food to the Birth of Yoshoku, Shoko Higashiyotsuyanagi Support this podcast: Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Shop Amazon.com, suport the podcast: http://amzn.to/wnDX2j Samurai Archives Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20 Samurai Archives Shop (T-Shirts, etc) http://www.cafepress.com/samuraiarchives Contact Us: Twitter @SamuraiArchives https://twitter.com/#!/samuraiarchives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Archives/104533213984 Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 05 Apr 2011

For the next podcast in our conference series, your hosts Nate and Chris come to you again live from the AAS/ICAS (The Association for Asian Studies and the International Convention of Asia Scholars) Conference held in Honolulu. They finish up the rundown of the Zen Buddhism and the Muromachi Shogunate seminar, and then give their comments and reactions to a Linguistics seminar and seminar on the digital archives of the Japan Center for Asian Historical Records. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives Links mentioned in this podcast: Japan Center for Asian Historical Records: http://www.jacar.go.jp/ The Pritzker Military Library: http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org/events/2009/06-11-ron-werneth.jsp. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 04 Apr 2011

For the first podcast in our conference series, your hosts Nate and Chris come to you live from the AAS/ICAS (The Association for Asian Studies and the International Convention of Asia Scholars) Conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii, from March 31st to April 3rd, 2011. You'll hear reactions and comments on the first few seminars of the first day, including lectures covering Japan's current security issues, religion and manga, and Zen Buddhism and the Muromachi Shogunate. Recorded on site at a table at the conference, sound quality is pretty much as expected - hopefully the background noise will enhance the overall experience with that "on the ground, in the trenches" feel. Consider it overall a work in progress, and enjoy! Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 04 Apr 2011

At long last, the Samurai Archives podcast is ready to begin. At first we'll be releasing the podcasts that cover the AAS/ICAS (The Association for Asian Studies and the International Convention of Asia Scholars) Conference held in Honolulu, which were done on-site to give coverage of the convention. Starting next month, a more regular podcast which will cover various aspects of Japanese history from Ancient Japan to Premodern. The podcast is new, and with all new things we'll have plenty of kinks to work out, everything from choosing an intro to figuring out how far from the mics we need to be for optimum sound quality - and trust us up front, while we work out these kinks, sound quality WILL be an issue. Bear with us while we get the hang of it - it will be well worth it.. . .

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