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A Short History of Japan Podcast

A walk through the best bits of Japanese history with a focus on the key people, best stories and the funny little mistakes that created Japan
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Dec 22, 2011

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 to the status of also-ran.

Dec 22, 2011

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 products of the west.

Feb 6, 2011

The peasants of Japan finally get their turn at dealing out violence!

Feb 5, 2011

Every tourist who goes to Kyoto goes here - but its story, and that of the Silver Pavilion, are not well known

Feb 3, 2011

Did the Mongols get beaten by typhoons sent by the gods?

Feb 1, 2011

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 governance.

Jan 1, 2011

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.

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