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This week, we’re talking about the rebirth of Japan’s rail network in the form of Japan National Railways. Some things will stay the same (it’s all the same guys in charge), some will change (a free press keeps reporting on the mistakes those guys make), and all of this will culminate in one of the most ambitious engineering projects in Japanese hi…
 
This week, we’re starting off a look at the history of rail in Japan by exploring how this revolutionary technology was introduced to the country. And once it was, how would a government obsessed with strategic infrastructure like rail manage the complexities of funding and constructing something so jaw-droppingly expensive? https://traffic.libsyn.…
 
Today, we’re taking a look at a fascinating literary text from 1000 years ago, the Kagero Nikki (most commonly translated as “The Gossamer Diary”). This is the life story of a woman whose name is not known to us, and her tumultuous, borderline abusive relationship with her husband — and a tale of how, ultimately, she is able to find peace. https://…
 
This week, we’re going to stay in the Sengoku but take a step away from all this samurai action to ask: what’s everybody else up to? From farmers in the countryside enjoying the fruits of a more commercialized economy (while fearing being raided by marauding armies) to merchant towns asserting their authority against warlords, it’s a fascinating lo…
 
This week, we’re revisiting some well-trod ground (the final decades of the 1500s and the careers of Nobunaga and Hideyoshi) but through new eyes — focusing on the stories of Nobunaga’s sister Oichi, and her three daughters Yodo-dono, Joko’in, and Sugen’in. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/historyofjapan/Episode_380_mixdown.mp3 Sources Berry, Mary…
 
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