History of Japan
About This Show
A weekly podcast on Japanese history, covering everything from prehistory to the modern era.
Additional information available at the podcast blog, at www.historyofjapan.wordpress.com.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 240 - All in the Family, Part 2
2 days ago
This week, we cover the sengolu era history of the Shimazu clan, and their meteoric ascent from minor lords to major ones in the span of a few decades. Plus, the Tokugawa and the Shimazu, the role of sugar in the Shimazu clan's fortunes, and the invasion of the Ryukyu islands. It's a packed episode!
Rated 5 out of
Easily one of the best history podcasts available
This guy knows his stuff, and because he speaks the language, doesn't make the often pronunciation errors that often plague other history podcasts. No one can match the production quality of Dan Carlin, but I am extremely fond of this podcast's approach.
Often, it easier to learn a subject by surveying it briefly but in full, and the author here does that for Japanese history. The first sets of episodes are a sufficiently-detailed-but-not-overly-so approach that I have rarely seen in other history podcasts (the History of Italian Unification one does great summaries in after their episodes, as a shout-out). From prehistory to the 2000's, we are given a succinct survey of the nation's history. Then he returns to specific subjects in extreme depth, bringing his knowledge (history doctorate?) and love of the topics.
Very good stuff.
Date published: 2014-08-28
Rated 5 out of
A real treat
One of the better history podcasts available, this show does an impressive job of covering a vast subject in a way that's very accessible to people like myself with a limited background in Japanese history.
Date published: 2014-07-11