21 episodes

Discover Japanese culture, history, food, crafts, architecture, people and more one topic at a time.
Made by a former tour guide tired of old myths overstaying their welcome.
I believe in research. And if you do too, we have a lot to talk about ;)

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Discover Japanese culture, history, food, crafts, architecture, people and more one topic at a time.
Made by a former tour guide tired of old myths overstaying their welcome.
I believe in research. And if you do too, we have a lot to talk about ;)

    Sake Explained. Part 2 - From rice grain to dining table or all you need to know about sake

    Sake Explained. Part 2 - From rice grain to dining table or all you need to know about sake

    Continuing to uncover the truth about sake, let's see how this beverage is made, which types of sake you can find in the shop and how to drink it properly. Or maybe there are no rules at all?

    More info on https://japanexplained.com/sake/

    Bonus episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/66208266

    Support the show: https://japanexplained.com/#support

    Instagram: @japanexplained

    Cover design: @justlavi

    • 34 min
    Sake Explained. Part 1 - The Past and Present of Nihonshu

    Sake Explained. Part 1 - The Past and Present of Nihonshu

    Few things in Japanese culture are covered by so many myths as sake. For example, sake is not rice vodka and not even rice wine, but in essence it is rice beer. And it is far from being the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan.

    Starting the 3 part series on sake, let's look into the past, present and future of this traditional Japanese beverage.

    More info on https://japanexplained.com/sake/

    Bonus episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/66208266

    Support the show: https://japanexplained.com/#support

    Instagram: @japanexplained

    Cover design: @justlavi

    • 27 min
    Tokaido Explained. Part 2 - Travellers of the Edo period

    Tokaido Explained. Part 2 - Travellers of the Edo period

    This time let's take a look at different types of travellers using the road in the 17th-19th centuries. From foreigners who loved Tokaido to an elephant who absolutely hated the journey, there is a full range of opinions about travelling in Japan and the Tokaido road in particular. And that's exactly what we need to understand the life of this famous road.

    More info on https://japanexplained.com/tokaido/

    Support the show: https://japanexplained.com/#support

    Bonus Episodes on Patreon: Shukuba Post Stations (https://www.patreon.com/posts/tokaido-bonus-63490475) & River crossings and Sekisho checkpoints (https://www.patreon.com/posts/tokaido-bonus-63490838)

    Instagram: @japanexplained

    Cover design: @justlavi

    • 30 min
    Tokaido Explained. Part 1 - The Road

    Tokaido Explained. Part 1 - The Road

    Have you ever heard about Tokaido? If you live in Japan, I bet yes. If you’ve ever visited, I’m positive you took Tokaido Shinkansen between Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. And if you love art, you’ve probably seen some of the prints from the Tokaido series by Hiroshige.


    Tokaido road has a history of more than 1000 years, and this time I suggest diving into it together.


    More info on https://japanexplained.com/tokaido/


    Support the show: https://japanexplained.com/#support


    Bonus Episodes on Patreon: Shukuba Post Stations (https://www.patreon.com/posts/tokaido-bonus-63490475) & River crossings and Sekisho checkpoints (https://www.patreon.com/posts/tokaido-bonus-63490838)


    Instagram: @japanexplained


    Cover design: @justlavi

    • 33 min
    Ramen Explained

    Ramen Explained

    You asked for it, so this time let's look deep into the bowl of ramen and try to figure out why Japan (and now the whole world) is absolutely obsessed with this seemingly simple dish.


    More info on https://japanexplained.com/ramen/


    Support the show: https://japanexplained.com/#support


    Bonus Episode on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/61675837


    Instagram: @japanexplained


    Cover design: @justlavi

    • 30 min
    Ukiyo-e Explained. Part 2 - Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Japonism movement

    Ukiyo-e Explained. Part 2 - Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Japonism movement

    In the previous episode, we looked at the origins of ukiyo-e, the development of printing techniques and the classical period in the history of ukiyo-e. We followed the works of a few brilliant artists such as Harunobu, Sharaku and Utamaro and ended up in the late 18th century.
    So definitely check it out if you haven’t listened to it yet.
    This time let’s look at ukiyo-e in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Lots of things are going to happen in Japan, affecting all aspects of daily life and culture. And ukiyo-e won’t be left aside.
    Check episode notes and support the podcast on japanexplained.com/ukiyo-e

    • 22 min

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