A Short History of Japan Podcast
By Cameron Foster
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This history of Japan focuses on the people, power plays and betrayals - and the occasional stuff-ups that shaped Japan. For fans of history, fans of Japan or tourists about to go for a visit - I hope you'll be entertained and informed!
||CleanEpisode 35 OMG Part 2||The persecution of Christians in medieval Japan||4/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34: OMG Part 1||To Christian missionaries, Japan was a most attractive prospect. Literate, cultured and rich - the Jesuits arrived in Japan in the 1500s and set about ...||10/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: Masterful Inactivity||With the destruction of the Toyotomi at Osaka in 1615, the Tokugawa clan were unrivalled in their domination of Japan. They would establish a Shogunate ...||4/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: End of the Sengoku Jidai||The Siege of Osaka Castle in the winter of 1614-15 and the final Battle for Osaka Castle in the summer of 1615 marks the final ...||1/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: For Whom The Bell Tolls||Tokugawa Ieyasu had won the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 and set up organising Japan under his clan's domination. However, safely ensconced in Osaka Castle was Hideyori, ...||11/11/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCompetition Draw||And the winner is of the Size-L Oda Nobunaga t-shirt - complete with his slogan "Tenka Fubu" (The Realm Subjected to Military Power) is........................||11/10/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: My Trip to Japan||I went to Japan with 25 students and 2 other teachers. In this podcast I'll tell you where we went with a particular emphasis on ...||10/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: Sekigahara||With Hideyoshi's body barely cold, the plotting and scheming began in earnest. This was the complete opposite of what Hideyoshi had hoped and begged for ...||9/10/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: You Can’t Take It With You||My mother says that the cemetery is full of people who thought they were indispensable - but in Hideyoshi's case, he would have been right. His fervent desire ...||7/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: Hideyoshi Dreams Big||In 1592 and 1598 Hideyoshi pointed the enormous Japanese capacity for warfare at the task of conquering one of the greatest civilizations in the world, ...||7/10/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: From War to Peace (Almost)||Hideyoshi, in spite of being a warlord, transitioned Japan from a state of war to a state of peace. Though Japan wasn't finished with the ...||4/25/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Hideyoshi’s Japan||The rise of Hideyoshi from sandal bearer to dictator of Japan was phenomenal. After hundreds of year of civil war, he, without any sense of ...||4/19/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: The Three Day Shogun||If murdering Nobunaga was Phase One of a long thought-out and well-considered plan for the take-over of Japan it certainly wasn't obvious in 1582. In ...||4/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: The Empire is Mine||Between 1575 and 1582 Oda Nobunaga was sorely tested by the most powerful opponents to his domination; The Ikko Ikki Buddhists, the Takeda Clan and ...||1/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Nobunaga v Buddha||In 1570 Oda Nobunaga faced a dangerous combination of rival daimyo and religious fanaticism. He decided to treat Buddhist rivals to his power the same ...||1/23/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: The Realm Subjected To Military Power||Oda Nobunaga took Kyoto in the name of the Shogun and the Emperor in 1568. By 1570 the Shogun knew that he served at Nobunaga's ...||1/11/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Oda Nobunaga’s License to Kill||Oda Nobunaga had the luck, the allies, the staff, the location, the armies and the validation to make a move on Kyoto while the other ...||1/7/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Sengoku Jidai, The Rise of Oda Nobunaga||In this episode we introduce one of Japan's three Great Unifiers. His rise to power was certainly not easy and could easily have relegated him ...||12/22/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Sengoku Jidai Part 3 Bang||The Portuguese bumped into Japan in 1543 and brought with them guns and god. In this podcast we will hear about how Japan received these ...||12/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Revolting Peasants||The peasants of Japan finally get their turn at dealing out violence!||2/6/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: The Gold Pavilion||Every tourist who goes to Kyoto goes here - but its story, and that of the Silver Pavilion, are not well known||2/5/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: A Clayton's Restoration||--||2/4/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Blowhards, the Kamikaze Story||Did the Mongols get beaten by typhoons sent by the gods?||2/3/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: The Kamakura Dominance||--||2/2/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Power Moves East||The names of Yoshitsune and Yoritomo of the Minamoto clan are legendary in Japanese history. But how did they seize power from the Taira? And how and why did they move the de facto capital to Kamakura and usher in a new age in Japanese...||2/1/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Rule by the Sword||Taira Kiyomori spared the lives of Yoritomo and Yoshitsune - two young children at the time - in order, allegedly, to sleep with their mother. Ewwwww. But this is a cracking tale of revenge, bravery and betrayal.||1/1/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 The Rise of the Warrior Class||In this episode we discuss the near-irrevocable usurpation of power by the warrior class; the samurai. For anyone thinking about going to Kyoto and Nara, lots of the places and names in this episode will make your trip a little more enjoyable!||11/1/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: The Heian Era||The Heian Era is sometimes seen as Japan's classical era. Great works of art, religious thought and crafty politicians make this era fascinating!||10/6/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Kyoto, Spooky Princes and Oppressed Peasants||Emperor Kammu builds Kyoto, gets pressured by a dead guy and the peasants do what they do best, get oppressed. Here is the script||8/15/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Power, Violence, Sex and Nara||In this episode I discuss the construction of the huge temple complex in Nara, Todaiji, the domination of Buddhism and vengeance of Empress Shotoku. Here is the script||7/26/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp2_Buddhsim_meets_Japan.mp3||In this podcast I'll be walking through the introduction of Buddhism to Japan, early Japanese attempts at literacy and why they thought China was cool. Here is the script||7/14/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 Myths and Migrations||In this first episode I talk about the creation myths of Japan, the terribly unreliable source documents and the first emperor of Japan, Jimmu, and his quest to establish court in central Japan. This is my first go at a podcast so any gentle...||7/6/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
Very interesting and well researched and presented.
This podcast has been fantastic this far. The reader/writer has clearly put a lot of time into this and it's an accessible yet very interesting podcast.
A great general history
This podcast provides a great general history of Japan that is easy to follow, listen to, and entertaining to boot. It skips over a lot of the tedious details but presents a very good overview.
Very well researched and presented
Solid factual history without much personal commentary. Great intro to Japanese history.