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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

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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 322 - The Heist

    Episode 322 - The Heist

    This week, we cover one of Japan's great unsolved crimes: the 300 million yen robbery. How did one man steal so much cash? Why couldn't the police find him? And why are we still talking about it today?
    Show notes here. 

    • 29 min
    Episode 321 - The Regent

    Episode 321 - The Regent

    This week, take a deep dive with me into the life of one of the regents of the Heian Era, Fujiwara no Tadahira, as we try and figure out just what it looked like to try and rule over Heian Japan on a day to day level. 
    Show notes here.

    • 37 min
    Episode 320 - Minamata, Part 2

    Episode 320 - Minamata, Part 2

    As the 1950s become the 1960s, the truth of Chisso's failure to address its problems comes out thanks to a new round of poisoning on the other side of Japan. The people of Minamata seek justice for themselves. 
    Show notes here.

    • 32 min
    Episode 319 - Minamata, Part 1

    Episode 319 - Minamata, Part 1

    This week, we're beginning a deep dive into the history of one of the most famous cases of environmental poisoning in Japanese history: Minamata disease. How did a chemical factory end up poisoning the people of a small town in rural Japan for years before anyone found out? And why, once it became clear that they were being poisoned, did it take so long for anything to come of it?
    Show notes here.

    • 32 min
    Episode 318 - Lone Wolf and Cub

    Episode 318 - Lone Wolf and Cub

    This week, we're talking about one of the greatest cheesy samurai film franchises of all time. Just how did a series of films about one man and his baby mowing down legions of opponents become a pop culture legend? The story of how Lone Wolf and Cub became one of the greatest samurai film franchises ever is our final episode of 2019.
    Show notes here.

    • 36 min
    Episode 317 - Separate Ways

    Episode 317 - Separate Ways

    This week, we explore the career of the first woman to make a big splash in modern Japanese literature: Higuchi Ichiyo. We'll talk about her story, her writing, her legacy, and her tragically short career -- and I'll spend a lot of time talking about how much I hate Mori Ogai!
    Show notes here.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

atomicalex0 ,

Informative and fun

Wide array of topics and critical background delivered with just the right amounts of care and humor.

japan90875 ,

Missing episodes

Is there a way to find the first 30 episodes that aren’t populating here?

chas124566 ,

Fast then random

The first 20 episodes cover 2000 years of history in about 20 hours. The next 300 episodes randomly dive into topics in much more detail. Did not enjoy the random order, would have preferred chronological order.

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