378 episodes

This podcast, assembled by a former PhD student in History at the University of Washington, covers the entire span of Japanese history. Each week we'll tackle a new topic, ranging from prehistoric Japan to the modern day.

History of Japan Isaac Meyer

    • History
    • 4.9 • 23 Ratings

This podcast, assembled by a former PhD student in History at the University of Washington, covers the entire span of Japanese history. Each week we'll tackle a new topic, ranging from prehistoric Japan to the modern day.

    Episode 374 - The First Frontier, Part 4

    Episode 374 - The First Frontier, Part 4

    This week, we're talking about Hokkaido in the early 20th century, and in particular the stark problems created by the island's rapid colonization: its badly unequal economy and the question of what role the Ainu were now to play in their own homeland.
    Show notes here.

    • 38 min
    Episode 373 - The First Frontier, Part 3

    Episode 373 - The First Frontier, Part 3

    This week, we're looking at the early decades of Japan's colonization of Hokkaido, and the means by which the island was radically remade within the span of a single lifetime.
    Show notes here.

    • 39 min
    Episode 372 - The First Frontier, Part 2

    Episode 372 - The First Frontier, Part 2

    This week: how did the threat of Western imperialism change the relationship between mainland Japan and Hokkaido, and help set the stage for Japan's eventual colonization of the island?
    Show notes here.

    • 35 min
    Episode 371 - The First Frontier, Part 1

    Episode 371 - The First Frontier, Part 1

    This week, we're starting a multi-part series on the history of one of Japan's major islands, and its first colonial frontier: Hokkaido. Today, we'll talk about the early centuries of history between the Japanese and the Ainu, the aboriginal people of Hokkaido.
    Show notes here.

    • 36 min
    Episode 370 - The Poetess

    Episode 370 - The Poetess

    This week, we're covering the life and career of a poet often overlooked despite her fame in her own lifetime: the shopkeeper's daughter-turned-nun-turned-haiku master, Kaga no Chiyo.
    Show notes here.

    • 33 min
    Episode 369 - The Wandering Brush

    Episode 369 - The Wandering Brush

    This week, we're taking a deep dive into a distinctly Japanese literary genre (zuihitsu, or 'wandering brush') by looking at two of its most famous exemplars: the Hojoki, or Record of a Hut, and Tsurezuregusa, or Essays in Idleness. What lasts forever in this world? How should we strive to live? What should we do when confronted with gamblers on a losing streak? All this and more, coming up!
    Show notes here.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Nadine18191 ,

Very good

I started at episode 1 and managed to come to episode 19 in one week, even walking to work, just to hear a little bit more of it :D I was generally interested in Japan and thought it is maybe nice to have some background information before traveling there but this podcast gives you not just that, it tells you so much more. I think I’m addicted. Very informative but in a fun and entertaining way!

Websnail ,

Very educational and entertaining!

I love the series and already worked myself through the first 70 Episodes. While it gets sometimes very very specific I enjoy learning so much detail.

tenderraven ,

A huge undertaking of lasting value!

Highly recommended!

Many thanks!

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