This week, we’ll begin another two-parter dealing with the life and death of Saigo Takamori, one of the great leaders of the Meiji Restoration. This week, we’ll discuss his rise to public prominence and subsequent fall from grace. Next week, we’ll turn to the rebellion that would end his life and his legacy in modern Japan.
This week, we’re discussing Onmyodo, the mystical study of divination based off of the theories of yin and yang (in-yo or on-myo in Japanese). We’ll be covering the entire history of the practice, including its most famous practitioner: Abe no Seimei. We’ll also be discussing the modern fate of Onmyodo and its practitioners the onmyoji.
This week, we’re going to talk about the evolution of manga. We’ll discuss the roots of the comic form in Japan, both Eastern and Western, and its rapid explosion in popularity after World War II.
Listen to the episode here.
Allen, Kate and John Ingulsrud. “Manga Literacy: Popular Culture and the Reading Habits of Japanese College Students.” Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 46, no 8 (May 2003, pp. 674-683.
Kinsella, Sharon. Adult Manga: Culture and Power in Contemporary Japanese Society. Honolulu; University of Hawai’i Press, 2000.
Schodt, Frederik L. Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics. Tokyo: Kodansha, 2013.
Toku, Masami. “Shojo Manga! Girls’ Comics! A Mirror of Girls’ Dreams.” Mechademia 2, Networks of Desire (2007), pp. 18-32.
This week we will be discussing the great political wheeler and dealer of modern Japanese politics: Tanaka Kakuei. We will trace the rise of this man of the people, the heights of his power, and his eventual fall from grace, as well as discussing his political legacy. Also, there will be bizarre assassination plots involving yakuza and revenge-minded porno actors. Should be a good time.