We’ll be taking things back to the Heian Period this week for the story of the great rebel Taira no Masakado. His rebellion, however, is only half the story — after he dies, things get very interesting indeed…
After his defeat at the hands of Hideyoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu will lie low for a decade or so, biding his time. However, when the opportunity presents itself with Hideyoshi’s death and the succession of his young heir, Ieyasu will strike at last, and gamble everything for one more shot at power.
This week, join us for part one of the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu. A brilliant and ambitious man, Ieyasu began his life as a hostage for the good behavior of his middling-rank family. By 1584, however, he would be in position to make his first bid for power.
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Friday, Karl F, editor. Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850.
Jansen, Marius B. The Making of Modern Japan.
Sansom, George B. History of Japan, Vol II: 1336-1615.
This week, we’re going to to talk about the life of Yamaguchi Yoshiko, the Chinese-born actress turned politician who went from propaganda actress to one of the most moving voices for Sino-Japanese reconciliation (yes, I know I said we’d be doing Tokugawa Ieyasu — don’t worry, he’s up next week).
A Review of Yamaguchi Yoshiko’s autobiography, Ri Koran wo Ikite (My Life as Li Xianglan) hosted by the Japan Society of the UK. She also wrote a second autobiography, Ri Koran — Watashi no Hansei (Li Xianglan — Half My Life).
As a special treat I found while digging around for last week’s episode, here’s an episode of Zero Hour from August 14, 1944. It’s the best quality recording of the show that I’ve been able to find, but the shortwave broadcasts definitely weren’t up to the standards of modern audio. Still, if you want to enjoy some old school radio propaganda, check it out here!