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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.

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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.

    Aoya the Man We're Looking For? (The Aoya Yayoi Lookalike Grand Prix)

    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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    • 19 min
    A Not-So Brief Update

    A Not-So Brief Update

    Stephen provides a short (rambling) update not he future of the show and SiJ community going forward.

    • 6 min
    The Last Hunters of the North (Matagi Bear Hunters)

    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. 
    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/11/matagi-hunting-tradition-japan/
     
    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/

    • 15 min
    COVID-19 Casualty (Shimura Ken)

    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!
     
    Let me google that for you!
    https://blog.gaijinpot.com/remembering-ken-shimura-through-his-best-comedy-sketches/

    • 16 min
    A Boy Named No One (Count Nogi Maresuke)

    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).
     
    Let me Google that for you:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nogi_Maresuke
     
    Patreon:
    http://patreon.com/smallinjapan
     

    • 19 min
    The Government's Gone to the Dogs (Tokugawa Tsunayoshi)

    The Government's Gone to the Dogs (Tokugawa Tsunayoshi)

    Nick and Stephen, two Americans who are definitely not history experts, have trouble remembering basic sayings and facts and are recording next to the busiest train station in the world but that won't stop them from talking about shoguns, this week primarily Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, also known as the Dog Shogun, a controversial figure in Japanese history.
    Let me Google that for you:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokugawa_Tsunayoshi
     
    (Note: This was recorded in early March before the COVID-19 epidemic rendered face-to-face recording sessions impossible)

    • 12 min