16 episodes

Hello and welcome to Japan Explained!
I‘m Toki and I am tired of the daily battle with misconceptions about Japan.
So I started this podcast to tell the world about Real Japanese Culture, its history, crafts, architecture, people and more.
I believe in research. And if you do too, we have a lot to talk about ;)

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Hello and welcome to Japan Explained!
I‘m Toki and I am tired of the daily battle with misconceptions about Japan.
So I started this podcast to tell the world about Real Japanese Culture, its history, crafts, architecture, people and more.
I believe in research. And if you do too, we have a lot to talk about ;)

    Ukiyo-e Explained. Part 2 - Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Japonism movement

    Ukiyo-e Explained. Part 2 - Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Japonism movement

    In the previous episode, we looked at the origins of ukiyo-e, the development of printing techniques and the classical period in the history of ukiyo-e. We followed the works of a few brilliant artists such as Harunobu, Sharaku and Utamaro and ended up in the late 18th century.
    So definitely check it out if you haven’t listened to it yet.
    This time let’s look at ukiyo-e in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Lots of things are going to happen in Japan, affecting all aspects of daily life and culture. And ukiyo-e won’t be left aside.
    Check episode notes and support the podcast on japanexplained.com/ukiyo-e

    • 22 min
    Ukiyo-e Explained. Part 1 - From Moronobu to Utamaro

    Ukiyo-e Explained. Part 1 - From Moronobu to Utamaro

    This time let‘s talk about art. And speaking of Japanese art, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? I bet most of us thought of ukiyo-e. These colourful prints represent Japan to the world, but what do we know about them? Not much. What is ukiyo? When did these prints appear? Who made them? Were they always as expensive as now?
    Let‘s follow the history of ukiyo-e and find the answers.

    Say hi, learn more and support the show at japanexplained.com

    • 24 min
    Karaoke Explained

    Karaoke Explained

    Why do people go to karaoke? Why in the West people prefer karaoke bars while the East is all about karaoke boxes? Was karaoke really invented in Japan? How old is it? Why karaoke songs sound so different from the original ones?


    The list goes on and on.


    My friends asked me so many questions about karaoke that I decided to make an episode about it to answer them all at once.

    • 26 min
    Japanese curry Explained

    Japanese curry Explained

    This time let‘s talk about Japanese curry that has a rather short 150-year long history yet managed to become one of the national dishes of Japan. Lets‘s see how it climbed to fame and how many varieties of the dish we have now in case you want to cook one.

    • 24 min
    Perry in Japan Explained. Part 2 - Second visit and the Treaty of Kanagawa

    Perry in Japan Explained. Part 2 - Second visit and the Treaty of Kanagawa

    Perry promised to come back the next year. And so he did. Now, let's check out what happened next.

    • 38 min
    Perry in Japan Explained. Part 1 - The Kurofune incident

    Perry in Japan Explained. Part 1 - The Kurofune incident

    In 1853 Commodore Perry came to the shores of Japan and "opened" it to the world. Or did he?


    Let's see what actually happened when four black ships appeared one summer day near the shore of Uraga.

    • 35 min

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