Episode 34: OMG Part 1

October 9th, 2014

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.

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Episode 32: Masterful Inactivity

April 21st, 2014

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?

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Episode 31: End of the Sengoku Jidai

January 28th, 2013

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.

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Episode 30: For Whom The Bell Tolls

November 11th, 2012

Tokugawa Ieyasu had won the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 and set up organising Japan under his clan's domination.  However, safely ensconced in 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.

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Competition Draw

November 10th, 2012

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........................

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Competition

November 5th, 2012

OK - I'm going to draw out the winner of the competition THIS SATURDAY (Australian Eastern Standard Time) so if you haven't entered - get your act together and make it happen!  Good luck!

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Episode 29: My Trip to Japan

October 16th, 2012

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!

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Episode 28: Sekigahara

September 10th, 2012

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

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Episode 27: You Can’t Take It With You

July 16th, 2012

My mother says that the cemetery is full of people who thought they were indispensable - but in Hideyoshi's case, he would have been right.  His fervent desire was to ensure that 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.

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Episode 26: Hideyoshi Dreams Big

July 10th, 2012

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.

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