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A Short History of Japan Podcast

Cameron Foster

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A Short History of Japan Podcast
A Short History of Japan Podcast

A Short History of Japan Podcast

Cameron Foster

32
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141
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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!

Latest Episodes

Episode 35 OMG Part 2

"How did it come to this?" - This must have been the question the Christian missionaries asked themselves as Hideyoshi followed by successive Tokugawa Shoguns made life unbearable for Christians in Japan. If only we had handed over the ship...if only we'd handed over the treasure.....if only we had that Englishman beheaded..... It would be hard to find a group of Japanese more oppressed than the Christians. But why were they especially targeted? What threat did they represent?

41 MIN2016 APR 24
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Episode 35 OMG Part 2

Episode 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 a process of conversion: from the lowest peasant to the highest warlord. In Part One, we chart the rise and rise of Christianity under Nobunaga and Hideyoshi - before things turned sour.

31 MIN2014 OCT 10
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Episode 34: OMG Part 1

Episode 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 that would last over 200 years. But how did they change Japan from a nation perpetually at war to one of enforced peace?

35 MIN2014 APR 22
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Episode 32: Masterful Inactivity

Episode 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 chapter in the Sengoku Jidai. After years of rivalry between the forces of the Toyotomi and the Tokugawa the final question of who would dominate Japan for the next few hundred years was decided - but not before conspiracy,cowardice, spanked bottoms and cross dressing was tried as a winning strategy! Here is a map of the events discussed in the podcast.

31 MIN2013 JAN 29
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Episode 31: End of the Sengoku Jidai

Episode 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, safelyensconcedin Osaka Castle was Hideyori, son of Hideyoshi; the last of the Toyotomi. Tokugawa Ieyasu knew that he would never be safe until the last of the Toyotomi claims to control of Japan were snuffed out.

30 MIN2012 NOV 11
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Episode 30: For Whom The Bell Tolls

Competition 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……………………

1 MIN2012 NOV 11
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Competition Draw

Episode 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 the historical dimension (obviously!) and *drum roll* I bought you a present!! Well, there is a competition and a prize! Here is the map of the places we went and a link to a sliderocket presentation with some pics too!

41 MIN2012 OCT 16
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Episode 29: My Trip to Japan

Episode 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 - for the sake of his infant son. But promises to a dead man counted for little when the domination of Japan was in the offing. Here is a google map with a few locations of the places mentioned in this cast

31 MIN2012 SEP 10
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Episode 28: Sekigahara

Episode 27: You Can’t Take It With You

My mother says that thecemeteryis full of people who thought they wereindispensable - but in Hideyoshi’s case, he would have been right. His fervent desire was toensurethat his son, Hideyori, would be able to maintain the Toyotomi rule over Japan. In the end, he had to rely on promises of men he clearly didn’t trust.

26 MIN2012 JUL 17
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Episode 27: You Can’t Take It With You

Episode 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, China. In this episode we discuss why he decided that that was a good idea and how it all went.

23 MIN2012 JUL 11
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Episode 26: Hideyoshi Dreams Big

Latest Episodes

Episode 35 OMG Part 2

"How did it come to this?" - This must have been the question the Christian missionaries asked themselves as Hideyoshi followed by successive Tokugawa Shoguns made life unbearable for Christians in Japan. If only we had handed over the ship...if only we'd handed over the treasure.....if only we had that Englishman beheaded..... It would be hard to find a group of Japanese more oppressed than the Christians. But why were they especially targeted? What threat did they represent?

41 MIN2016 APR 24
Comments
Episode 35 OMG Part 2

Episode 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 a process of conversion: from the lowest peasant to the highest warlord. In Part One, we chart the rise and rise of Christianity under Nobunaga and Hideyoshi - before things turned sour.

31 MIN2014 OCT 10
Comments
Episode 34: OMG Part 1

Episode 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 that would last over 200 years. But how did they change Japan from a nation perpetually at war to one of enforced peace?

35 MIN2014 APR 22
Comments
Episode 32: Masterful Inactivity

Episode 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 chapter in the Sengoku Jidai. After years of rivalry between the forces of the Toyotomi and the Tokugawa the final question of who would dominate Japan for the next few hundred years was decided - but not before conspiracy,cowardice, spanked bottoms and cross dressing was tried as a winning strategy! Here is a map of the events discussed in the podcast.

31 MIN2013 JAN 29
Comments
Episode 31: End of the Sengoku Jidai

Episode 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, safelyensconcedin Osaka Castle was Hideyori, son of Hideyoshi; the last of the Toyotomi. Tokugawa Ieyasu knew that he would never be safe until the last of the Toyotomi claims to control of Japan were snuffed out.

30 MIN2012 NOV 11
Comments
Episode 30: For Whom The Bell Tolls

Competition 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……………………

1 MIN2012 NOV 11
Comments
Competition Draw

Episode 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 the historical dimension (obviously!) and *drum roll* I bought you a present!! Well, there is a competition and a prize! Here is the map of the places we went and a link to a sliderocket presentation with some pics too!

41 MIN2012 OCT 16
Comments
Episode 29: My Trip to Japan

Episode 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 - for the sake of his infant son. But promises to a dead man counted for little when the domination of Japan was in the offing. Here is a google map with a few locations of the places mentioned in this cast

31 MIN2012 SEP 10
Comments
Episode 28: Sekigahara

Episode 27: You Can’t Take It With You

My mother says that thecemeteryis full of people who thought they wereindispensable - but in Hideyoshi’s case, he would have been right. His fervent desire was toensurethat his son, Hideyori, would be able to maintain the Toyotomi rule over Japan. In the end, he had to rely on promises of men he clearly didn’t trust.

26 MIN2012 JUL 17
Comments
Episode 27: You Can’t Take It With You

Episode 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, China. In this episode we discuss why he decided that that was a good idea and how it all went.

23 MIN2012 JUL 11
Comments
Episode 26: Hideyoshi Dreams Big