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Follow your hosts on a trek into Japanese history, from ancient Japan to the end of the Samurai and all points in between - culture, warfare, literature, and interviews.
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Follow your hosts on a trek into Japanese history, from ancient Japan to the end of the Samurai and all points in between - culture, warfare, literature, and interviews.
The Official Podcast of the Samurai Archives Japanese History page.

    EP168 The Edo-Bakumatsu Ishin Shiryo Database

    EP168 The Edo-Bakumatsu Ishin Shiryo Database

    This episode we talk to Dr. Travis Seifman about his work translating the Edo-Bakumatsu database Ishin Shiryo for the Tokyo Historiographical Institute.  
    The link to the database is here:
    https://www.hi.u-tokyo.ac.jp/
    On the upper right, change the drop down menu to "English", then select the link "Database", and under "Historical Events" you'll see the link "Summary database of the Ishin Shiryo" - that's it!
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    Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks, Marty Brennan, Kelsey, Patrick Stewart, Joshua Badgley, Dennis McDaniel, and Chip Lutton!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    What is a Sengoku Daimyo? - The Lost Episode!

    What is a Sengoku Daimyo? - The Lost Episode!

    About 7 years ago, back in 2014, Forest Seal and myself did a bunch of episodes discussing various themes in Japanese history, and one episode that was never finished was this episode on the Sengoku Daimyo. The battery died while recording, and the reason we never revisited it was that it ended up more as a lecture, and we decided that a lecture format was not a format that we wanted to pursue. So we never moved forward with it, eventually forgot to redo the episode, and at that point it was transferred from old computer to new computer over the years in a random folder until I found it last week. Although the episode is incomplete, it is still a solid 35 minutes of introductory information on the Sengoku Daimyo. Also, because this is a long past episode, I did far less editing than I would normally, so I did leave in a lot of side discussion that I would normally remove. I thought it worked as a historical archive of something that we did a long time ago. So, enjoy this throwback episode to 2014.
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    Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks, Marty Brennan, Kelsey, Patrick Stewart, Joshua Badgley, Dennis McDaniel, and Chip Lutton!

    • 38 min
    Historians Discuss Netflix's Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan P2

    Historians Discuss Netflix's Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan P2

    In February 2021, Netflix released a docuseries on Sengoku era Japan entitled Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan.  We continue our discussion on the docuseries with the two historians who were featured on the series, Dr. Elijah Bender and Nate Ledbetter, along with Megan Gilbert of Princeton, and Josh Badgley of the Chronicles of Japan podcast.
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    Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks, Marty Brennan, Kelsey, Patrick Stewart, Joshua Badgley, Dennis McDaniel, and Chip Lutton!

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Historians Discuss Netflix's Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan P1

    Historians Discuss Netflix's Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan P1

    In February 2021, Netflix released a docuseries on Sengoku era Japan entitled Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan.  We have two historians who were featured on the series, Dr. Elijah Bender and Nate Ledbetter, along with Megan Gilbert of Princeton, and Josh Badgley of the Chronicles of Japan podcast on to talk about it.  This was a really long conversation, so here is part one, and part two, which is an additional hour and a half, will be released in a few weeks.
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    Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com
    Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks, Marty Brennan, Kelsey, Patrick Stewart, Joshua Badgley, Dennis McDaniel, and Chip Lutton!

    • 1 hr 42 min
    EP164 Dr. Elijah Bender Talks Ghost of Tsushima P2

    EP164 Dr. Elijah Bender Talks Ghost of Tsushima P2

    In this episode, we continue our discussion with Dr. Elijah Bender about the new Playstation game Ghost of Tsushima from the perspective of a professional historian.  
    Ghost of Tsushima is an action-adventure game developed by Sucker Punch Productions and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Featuring an open world, it follows Jin Sakai, a samurai on a quest to protect Tsushima Island during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. The game was released on July 17, 2020 for PlayStation 4. 
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    Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com
    Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com
    Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks, Marty Brennan, Kelsey, Patrick Stewart, Joshua Badgley, and Dennis McDaniel!

    • 30 min
    Dr. Elijah Bender Talks Ghost of Tsushima P1

    Dr. Elijah Bender Talks Ghost of Tsushima P1

    In this episode, Dr. Elijah Bender talks about the new Playstation game Ghost of Tsushima from the perspective of a professional historian.  
    Ghost of Tsushima is an action-adventure game developed by Sucker Punch Productions and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Featuring an open world, it follows Jin Sakai, a samurai on a quest to protect Tsushima Island during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. The game was released on July 17, 2020 for PlayStation 4. 
    Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/samuraiarchives
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    Support this podcast:
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    Contact Us:
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    Samurai Archives Podcast on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/samuraipodcast/
    Samurai Archives podcast blog: http://www.samuraipodcast.com
    Samurai Archives Forum: http://www.japanhistoryforum.com
    Patreon Special Thanks: Luis, Cody Makua Burks, Marty Brennan, Kelsey, Patrick Stewart, Joshua Badgley, and Dennis McDaniel!

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
232 Ratings

232 Ratings

Nanerstoyou ,

Intro is confusing, podcast is great!

So far so good. Seems well produced just a few min in. Just wanted to post this to say, it is NOT in Japanese despite the confusing intro 😆 carry on.

hfjghfhfjf ,

Where are you guys????

Hello I LOVE LOVE LOVE this podcast and I love the rich history you guys have built with the podcast it self. It seems like a lot of your guys have been super busy with life. But I was wondering where are you guys, are you guys kind of bro by big and end to the podcast? I would implore you to keep it going please. And now I’m begging your guys to not end the podcast and more importantly to keep putting out regular content. Maybe like once every 2 months or something. I am starving for more of the Japanese history archives !!!!

cuzcanbraddaman ,

Really in depth conversations about Japanese History!

Thanks for all the energy you guys have dedicated to putting out this show, it really is a great doorway to getting to know Japan!

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