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Saigo Takamori, the Great Saigo or the Last Samurai is the ideal Japanese man and one of Japan's most beloved historical characters. In popular imagination, Saigo is THE perfect samurai. His image is so heavily embellished that it is sometimes hard to see where reality meets fiction. But let's try to separate them anyway. Support the show: https://…
 
To help me break down the many myths about sake, this time I am joined by Dick Stegewerns, the founder of Yoigokochi Sake Importers. We talked about how sake came to Europe and America, how to choose and drink sake, what are the similarities between sake and other alcoholic beverages, how come sake is still mostly produced in tiny breweries, and wh…
 
Continuing to uncover the truth about sake, let's see how this beverage is made, which types of sake you can find in the shop and how to drink it properly. Or maybe there are no rules at all? More info on https://japanexplained.com/sake/ Bonus episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/66208266 Support the show: https://japanexplained.com/#support Inst…
 
Few things in Japanese culture are covered by so many myths as sake. For example, sake is not rice vodka and not even rice wine, but in essence it is rice beer. And it is far from being the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan. Starting the 3 part series on sake, let's look into the past, present and future of this traditional Japanese beverage. M…
 
This time let's take a look at different types of travellers using the road in the 17th-19th centuries. From foreigners who loved Tokaido to an elephant who absolutely hated the journey, there is a full range of opinions about travelling in Japan and the Tokaido road in particular. And that's exactly what we need to understand the life of this famo…
 
Have you ever heard about Tokaido? If you live in Japan, I bet yes. If you’ve ever visited, I’m positive you took Tokaido Shinkansen between Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. And if you love art, you’ve probably seen some of the prints from the Tokaido series by Hiroshige. Tokaido road has a history of more than 1000 years, and this time I suggest diving int…
 
In the previous episode, we looked at the origins of ukiyo-e, the development of printing techniques and the classical period in the history of ukiyo-e. We followed the works of a few brilliant artists such as Harunobu, Sharaku and Utamaro and ended up in the late 18th century. So definitely check it out if you haven’t listened to it yet. This time…
 
This time let's talk about art. And speaking of Japanese art, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? I bet most of us thought of ukiyo-e. These colourful prints represent Japan to the world, but what do we know about them? Not much. What is ukiyo? When did these prints appear? Who made them? Were they always as expensive as now? Let's fol…
 
This time let's talk about Japanese curry that has a rather short 150-year long history yet managed to become one of the national dishes of Japan. Let's see how it climbed to fame and how many varieties of the dish we have now in case you want to cook one. More info on https://japanexplained.com/japanesecurry/Support the show: https://japanexplaine…
 
In 1853 Commodore Perry came to the shores of Japan and "opened" it to the world. Or did he? Let's see what actually happened when four black ships appeared one summer day near the shore of Uraga. More info on https://japanexplained.com/kurofune/Support the show: https://japanexplained.com/#supportInstagram: @japanexplainedCover design: @justlavi…
 
In the second part of Yokai Explained, I'll tell you how strict censorship made yokai superstars of the Edo period, which Japanese monster made a big fuss in 19th century London and New York and why in the 21st century we are still fascinated by yokai, creating more and more of them all the time. More info on https://japanexplained.com/yokai/Suppor…
 
We all love something cooling during the summer heat. And what can be more refreshing than a spooky story that makes you shiver. But sorry, I can't handle scary stories. They are, well, scary. Japanese people, on the other hand, are really good at making and retelling them. So this time let me introduce you to the Japanese monsters - yokai, and hel…
 
You voted for it, so today I'll look into a long history of nabe hot pot cuisine in Japan, millions of its seasonal and regional varieties and give you a few tips on picking the best pot for your nabe (spoiler alert: you can use pretty much anything). More info on https://japanexplained.com/nabe/Support the show: https://japanexplained.com/#support…
 
The second part of Michizane's story starts with his exile to the island of Kyushu, where he dies. And then the unexpected happens... More info on https://japanexplained.com/sugawaramichizane/Support the show: https://japanexplained.com/#supportBonus Article on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/sugawara-places-50621270Instagram: @japanexplaine…
 
This time I'll tell you about a scholar and a poet, a spirit, Shinto deity and bodhisattva. A man, worshipped by his enemies, respected by Zen monks, praised by Confucian scholars and loved by high-schoolers. And in Part one we'll look into his life. More info on https://japanexplained.com/sugawaramichizane/Support the show: https://japanexplained.…
 
In this episode, I'm going to talk about deer. Not reindeer, even though it would be more appropriate before Christmas, but about sacred deer of Nara. Because they are cute and all, but there is so much more to their story. More info on https://japanexplained.com/deerofnara/ Support the show: https://japanexplained.com/#support Bonus Article on Pat…
 
This time I'll look deep into the history of Japanese soy sauce, walk you through the process of making a traditional Japanese shoyu and tell you all you need to know to pick the perfect bottle. More info on https://japanexplained.com/soysauce/ Support the show: https://japanexplained.com/#support Instagram: @japanexplained Cover design: @justlavi…
 
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