We’ll be wrapping up our discussion of the Ikkō Ikki this week, as the unstoppable force of the militant wing of Jōdo Shinshu meets the immovable objects of Tokugawa Ieyasu and Oda Nobunaga. What follows is a tale of treachery, war, and revenge worthy of an HBO miniseries.
For our first two-part episode, we’re going to discuss the Ikkō Ikki, a militant insurrection of believers in the faith of Jōdo Shinshu, or True Pure Land Buddhism. We’ll discuss the rise of the movement to political and military prominence during the Sengoku Era in this week’s episode; next week, we’ll discuss its decline and fall.
For our first listener-submitted topic, we’re tackling Bushido: the warrior code of the samurai class. We’ll discuss the evolution of the bushido ideology, the role it played during the ages of warfare in Japan as well as during the Tokugawa, and its modern legacy in a post-samurai world.
For our final outline episode, we’ll be tackling the origins and effects of the real-estate bubble which devastated the Japanese economy in 1991, and which so brutally halted the story of Japanese growth. In particular, we’ll be focusing on the ways in which the various problems outlined last week were brought to the fore by the economic chaos of the 1990s.