298 episodes

This podcast, assembled by a former PhD student in History at the University of Washington, covers the entire span of Japanese history. Each week we'll tackle a new topic, ranging from prehistoric Japan to the modern day.

History of Japan Isaac Meyer

    • History
    • 4.7, 388 Ratings

This podcast, assembled by a former PhD student in History at the University of Washington, covers the entire span of Japanese history. Each week we'll tackle a new topic, ranging from prehistoric Japan to the modern day.

    Episode 345 - Blackness in Japan, Part 3

    Episode 345 - Blackness in Japan, Part 3

    This week, we're talking about political and cultural exchange between black communities and Japan in the 20s and 30s, as well as how one prominent black leader found himself bamboozled by Japan's pro-empire propaganda in the 1930s.
    Show notes here. 

    • 34 min
    Episode 344 - Blackness in Japan, Part 2

    Episode 344 - Blackness in Japan, Part 2

    This week, we look at Japan's relationship with blackness and black communities in the wake of the Meiji Restoration, and at the beginnings of a movement among black people to make Japan into a champion of non-white peoples.
    Note: this episode includes some language that may be considered dated or offensive (though no use of slurs). 
    Show notes here. 

    • 38 min
    Episode 343 - Blackness in Japan, Part 1

    Episode 343 - Blackness in Japan, Part 1

    This week, we're beginning an overview of black history in Japan with a focus on the Sengoku and Edo eras, and especially the fascinating tale of Yasuke. What sources do we have for this moment of cultural contact?
    Show notes here.

    • 35 min
    Episode 342 - The Other Olympics

    Episode 342 - The Other Olympics

    This week, how did the 1964 Paralympics end up in Japan? Who made it happen? And why does 1964 represent an important moment in the history of disability sports in Japan? 
    Show notes here.

    • 36 min
    Episode 341 - The Femme Fatale

    Episode 341 - The Femme Fatale

    This week, we're focusing on the story of Ono no Komachi, a mysterious poet from the 800s whose poems were used to construct a fictional persona entirely separate from who she actually was. How did this happen? Why does it matter? And what can we learn from telling the history of a made up character? 
    Show notes here.

    • 35 min
    Episode 340 - The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    Episode 340 - The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    This week, we're covering the career of one of modern Japan's spymasters: Akashi Motojiro, who attempted to build an intelligence network in Russia during the Russo-Japanese War. Why was he given this task? Did he succeed? And what lessons does his career offer in terms of the wider arc of modern Japanese history? 
    Show notes here.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
388 Ratings

388 Ratings

Darth Snuggles ,

Solid

This podcast is great. Of course it’s not chronological... like, you’d never get to modern stuff if you did it that way? Anyway good show, chill host, etc.

jadamsm ,

Witty, reflective, and concise.

I love the breadth of topics, particularly the time spent on more recent history and culture. You’ll also get to dive into a lot of figures that would be missed in a standard history course!

Ya mans n em ,

Killer work

Dude, you do some Killer work! This is awesome efn content!! Keep it up dude!!!

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