Dive into the people, places, events, myths, and legends of Japanese history with Nick and Stephen, two guys who aren't experts on any of those things.
White Day (Japan's Valentine's Day Part 2, not a Proud Boy's wet dream)
It's almost March 14th or White Day, Japan's other day meant for giving presents to the person you want to bang! Listen as Stephen (resident Japanese history non-expert) unpacks his sentiments on a "holiday" that only came into existence in the late 1970s!
Aoya the Man We're Looking For? (The Aoya Yayoi Lookalike Grand Prix)
Japan's least populous prefecture searches for an ancient doppelgänger and Stephen gives a quick, backwards rundown of Japanese history.
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A Not-So Brief Update
Stephen provides a short (rambling) update not he future of the show and SiJ community going forward.
The Last Hunters of the North (Matagi Bear Hunters)
Nick and Stephen, two hombres with little expertise but lots of passion, are back and recording remotely to bring you the tale of the Matagi Bear Hunters, a quickly vanishing group of Japanese woodsmen in the rural north!
“Red spots of blood flower in the virgin snow as the bear’s dead body is dragged to a nearby plain to be gutted and dismembered using a traditional Matagi knife. Part of the bear’s intestines are left as an offering to the mountain goddess.“. They cut off the bear’s paws before gutting and skinning the rest of its body.
Currently there are still some Matagi communities in the Tōhoku region (Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Niigata and Nagano). There are no more full time Matagi hunters anymore because of hunting restrictions so most of the remaining Matagi are elderly farmers or foresters in the offseason.
There is a Matagi museum in Akita. https://visitakita.com/en/sightseeing/history-culture/213/
Matagi Documentary on NHK WORLD: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/3016051/
COVID-19 Casualty (Shimura Ken)
In this slightly different from normal episode, Stephen brings you the story of a rather recent figure in Japanese (pop culture) history: the great Shimura Ken, who unfortunately passed away due to COVID-19 on March 29th, 2020.
Remember we aren't experts but we do like to talk like we are!
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A Boy Named No One (Count Nogi Maresuke)
In this coronavirus-era episode of the show, a solo Stephen, definitely not an expert, brings you the badly told story of Count Nogi Maresuke, an important figure in Meiji-era Japan and the man most responsible for Nogizaka46 (possibly).
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