40 episodes

A history of the people of Japan, from the prehistoric Jomon period to the modern era. WARNING: This podcast occasionally touches on subjects of human sexuality, suicide, violence, and torture.

A History of Japan Justin Hebert

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A history of the people of Japan, from the prehistoric Jomon period to the modern era. WARNING: This podcast occasionally touches on subjects of human sexuality, suicide, violence, and torture.

    The Emperors of Legend

    The Emperors of Legend

    Learn all about the legendary emperors of Japan leading up to the Asuka Period. The timeline is messy and the content often mythical, but it makes for good storytelling!

    • 20 min
    The 604 Constitution

    The 604 Constitution

    The 604 Constitution probably wasn't written in 604 and doesn't really qualify as a constitution under modern standards. Still, it represents an important milestone in Japanese statecraft and helps us understand the confucian, legalist, and even daoist influence on Asuka Japan. Hear the words of the constitution for yourself in this bonus episode!

    • 14 min
    The Art of the Asuka Period

    The Art of the Asuka Period

    Let's explore the artwork that emerged during the Asuka Period, which was heavily influenced by mainland resettlement as well as the rise of Buddhism.

    • 15 min
    The New And Improved Yamato State

    The New And Improved Yamato State

    Let's take a closer look at the reforms introduced by King Tenji and Emperor Tenmu to see what they intended to accomplish, at least on paper.

    • 26 min
    The First Tenno

    The First Tenno

    As Crown Prince Otama takes the throne, he adopts a new title which remains in use in Japan to this day and becomes Emperor Tenmu.

    • 26 min
    After the Soga Clan

    After the Soga Clan

    In the aftermath of the Isshi Incident, High Prince Naka and his co-conspirators set to work reforming the government to more closely resemble the splendor and grandeur of the courts of Korea and China.

    • 26 min

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Great new podcast

I have been looking for a podcast that presents a narrative history of Japan. This one is off to a very good start!

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