First and foremost, thank you to everyone who messaged me or commented over the past week. Your input has been incredibly valuable, and I cannot thank you enough.
This week, we’ll be discussing the Bakumatsu, the 15 years prior to the collapse of the Tokugawa and the end of samurai rule in Japan. It’s a very complex, but incredibly fascinating story, and personally I find it to be one of the most compelling in Japanese history. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Listen to the episode here.
Jansen, The Making of Modern Japan
Craig, Albert. Choshu in the Meiji Restoration.
Images (Courtesy of the Wikimedia Foundation)