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Japan's Sakoku Period
In this BBC podcast, Melvyn Bragg and guests explore Sakoku, a 220-year period when Japan isolated itself from the Western world. It began with a seri...
In this excellent BBC podcast, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of the samurai and the role of their myth in Japanese national identity. Ru...
The making of modern Japan
In the mid-19th century Japan transformed itself from feudal state to economic powerhouse at breakneck speed. By removing an entire ruling elite, intr...
A profile of Jiro Ono, the famed sushi chef. By Silvia Killingsworth.
The Geishas of Kyoto
The geisha — or geiko, the term used in Kyoto — elevates hosting to high art. The city's traditional teahouses are her place of work, graceful en...
Origins of the Japanese language
on academia.edu The problem of the origins of the language is a vexing one. This scholarly paper argues that it has no demonstrable relationship with...