Japanese history

Hilarious! Shunga: early modern Japanese porno-artistic paintings

By |2020-12-16T10:12:58+00:00December 15th, 2020|Categories: Japanese art, Japanese history, Podcast|Tags: , , , |

"Japanese culture, once upon a time, encouraged and celebrated sex openly. Now we do so secretly." Shungas are windows to the sexually liberal lives and ideologies of 17th to 19th century Japanese people. And simply fun to look at, too.

You’re lucky you weren’t born a samurai. But samurais are lovable.

By |2020-12-02T21:01:03+00:00May 17th, 2020|Categories: Japanese history, Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , |

Life was hard, and short, as a samurai. In battle, at home, at their work desk, death was always right around the corner, even after Japan had entered a long period of peace. But their stoicism is to be loved.

The history of gender fluidity of the Japanese

By |2020-06-17T14:18:33+00:00December 29th, 2019|Categories: Japanese history, Japanese people, Japanese thought|Tags: , , , , , |

Japanese boy bands cast young boys with feminine facial features and hairless skin, and girls are crazy about them. Legendary Kabuki actors throughout its 400-year history are all known for pulling off the sexiest female roles, and grabbed the heart [...]

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