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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


Follow your hosts on a trek into Japanese history, from ancient Japan to the end of the Samurai and all points in between - culture, warfare, literature, and interviews. Simply stated, our mission is to bridge the gap between the popular and the academic, and to bring the world of academic Japanese history accessible to a wider audience through discussion of topics and authors in an informative but informal manner. We encourage those listeners who want to know more to seek out works by the historians and authors we reference and interview, and to contribute to the conversation. Conversely, we hope scholars can view us as a way to reach a broader, non-specialist audience and raise the bar for general understandings of Japanese history. The Official Podcast of the Samurai Archives Japanese History page.

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Jul 30, 2017

This episode we talk to Mike Baker, who developed and taught a Japanese history class at the university level at Worcester State University.

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Apr 30, 2017

This episode we talk to the world's foremost Japanese ninja movie researcher Mance Thompson about the history and development of Ninja movies in Japan and their spread to the United States. He also gives his recommendations for the best Japanese ninja films, and talks about the future of the genre.

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Jul 30, 2016

We're back again with JapanThis! blogger Marky Star.  We talk to him about his blog, his new podcast, and his new Japanese history tours that he runs out of Tokyo.

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Sep 5, 2014

In this episode we talk with Jaredd Wilson, Martial Artist and insructor and host of the Martial Thoughts podcast.  We talk to Jaredd about what makes a martial art, the difference between traditional martial arts and "combat sports", the challenges of simulating the stress of a dangerous encounter, "Ki" and other...

Jul 20, 2014

In this episode, we continue our conversation with Cameron Foster, the creator of "A Short History of Japan", and discuss some of the nuts and bolts of podcasting, and the direction Cameron intends to go with his podcast, including his proposed next episode. We also discuss a few other podcasts worth listening to. ...