34 episodes

This history of Japan focuses on the people, power plays and betrayals - and the occasional stuff-ups that shaped Japan. For fans of history, fans of Japan or tourists about to go for a visit - I hope you'll be entertained and informed!

A Short History of Japan Podcast Cameron Foster

    • History
    • 4.6 • 61 Ratings

This history of Japan focuses on the people, power plays and betrayals - and the occasional stuff-ups that shaped Japan. For fans of history, fans of Japan or tourists about to go for a visit - I hope you'll be entertained and informed!

    Episode 35 OMG Part 2

    Episode 35 OMG Part 2

    "How did it come to this?" - This must have been the question the Christian missionaries asked themselves as Hideyoshi followed by successive Tokugawa Shoguns made life unbearable for Christians in Japan.  If only we had handed over the ship...if only we'd handed over the treasure.....if only we had that Englishman beheaded.....

    It would be hard to find a group of Japanese more oppressed than the Christians.  But why were they especially targeted?   What threat did they represent?

    • 41 min
    Episode 34: OMG Part 1

    Episode 34: OMG Part 1

    To Christian missionaries, Japan was a most attractive prospect. Literate, cultured and rich - the Jesuits arrived in Japan in the 1500s and set about a process of conversion: from the lowest peasant to the highest warlord.  In Part One, we chart the rise and rise of Christianity under Nobunaga and Hideyoshi - before things turned sour.

    • 31 min
    Episode 32: Masterful Inactivity

    Episode 32: Masterful Inactivity

    With the destruction of the Toyotomi at Osaka in 1615, the Tokugawa clan were unrivalled in their domination of Japan.  They would establish a Shogunate that would last over 200 years.  But how did they change Japan from a nation perpetually at war to one of enforced peace?

    • 35 min
    Episode 31: End of the Sengoku Jidai

    Episode 31: End of the Sengoku Jidai

    The Siege of Osaka Castle in the winter of 1614-15 and the final Battle for Osaka Castle in the summer of 1615 marks the final chapter in the Sengoku Jidai. After years of rivalry between the forces of the Toyotomi and the Tokugawa the final question of who would dominate Japan for the next few hundred years was decided - but not before conspiracy, cowardice, spanked bottoms and cross dressing was tried as a winning strategy!  Here is a map of the events discussed in the podcast.

    • 31 min
    Episode 30: For Whom The Bell Tolls

    Episode 30: For Whom The Bell Tolls

    Tokugawa Ieyasu had won the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 and set up organising Japan under his clan’s domination.  However, safely ensconced in Osaka Castle was Hideyori, son of Hideyoshi; the last of the Toyotomi.  Tokugawa Ieyasu knew that he would never be safe until the last of the Toyotomi claims to control of Japan were snuffed out.

    • 30 min
    Competition Draw

    Competition Draw

    And the winner is of the Size-L Oda Nobunaga t-shirt - complete with his slogan “Tenka Fubu” (The Realm Subjected to Military Power) is……………………

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

1_michele_94 ,

Brilliant

These podcasts are amazing - I’m so gutted you stopped doing them!
Thanks for the work you did - incredible stuff.

Murvis ,

Japan Podcast

Camerons understanding of the complex history of Japan is a treat to listen to. he knows how to make things very interesting

Keep up the good work mate!

GinaDerby ,

Episodes 1-17 are missing!

A good podcast but why are some episodes missing?

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