378 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 • 424 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 374 - The First Frontier, Part 4

    Episode 374 - The First Frontier, Part 4

    This week, we're talking about Hokkaido in the early 20th century, and in particular the stark problems created by the island's rapid colonization: its badly unequal economy and the question of what role the Ainu were now to play in their own homeland.
    Show notes here.

    • 38 min
    Episode 373 - The First Frontier, Part 3

    Episode 373 - The First Frontier, Part 3

    This week, we're looking at the early decades of Japan's colonization of Hokkaido, and the means by which the island was radically remade within the span of a single lifetime.
    Show notes here.

    • 39 min
    Episode 372 - The First Frontier, Part 2

    Episode 372 - The First Frontier, Part 2

    This week: how did the threat of Western imperialism change the relationship between mainland Japan and Hokkaido, and help set the stage for Japan's eventual colonization of the island?
    Show notes here.

    • 35 min
    Episode 371 - The First Frontier, Part 1

    Episode 371 - The First Frontier, Part 1

    This week, we're starting a multi-part series on the history of one of Japan's major islands, and its first colonial frontier: Hokkaido. Today, we'll talk about the early centuries of history between the Japanese and the Ainu, the aboriginal people of Hokkaido.
    Show notes here.

    • 36 min
    Episode 370 - The Poetess

    Episode 370 - The Poetess

    This week, we're covering the life and career of a poet often overlooked despite her fame in her own lifetime: the shopkeeper's daughter-turned-nun-turned-haiku master, Kaga no Chiyo.
    Show notes here.

    • 33 min
    Episode 369 - The Wandering Brush

    Episode 369 - The Wandering Brush

    This week, we're taking a deep dive into a distinctly Japanese literary genre (zuihitsu, or 'wandering brush') by looking at two of its most famous exemplars: the Hojoki, or Record of a Hut, and Tsurezuregusa, or Essays in Idleness. What lasts forever in this world? How should we strive to live? What should we do when confronted with gamblers on a losing streak? All this and more, coming up!
    Show notes here.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
424 Ratings

424 Ratings

Señor Lechero ,

Excellent history program

For those of us that love history in general but don’t see or hear much about the whole history of Japan, this podcast is great.
The host is very enjoyable to listen to and obviously highly intelligent. ( hence the occasional subtle Star Wars and Star Trek references).
But seriously I recommend listening to this podcast, you will learn a lot!
Keep up the good work Mr. Meyers, much appreciated.

Bokuto_Kotaro_4 ,

Perfect for fans of Japanese history and culture

Perfect for history buffs in general, but especially if you love Japanese culture!

bocchan10 ,

Excellent resource for understanding Japanese history

Very well-researched: more detailed and balanced in viewpoint than any Japanese-language history video or podcast series I have encountered. Provides a basic but multifaceted understanding of important and complex periods or concepts in Japanese history.

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