Isaac Meyer

Historian, teacher, podcaster

Episode 62 – New Masculinities in 1980s Japan

Sam Timinsky is back this week to do another guest lecture on changes in the role of men in society during the boom/bust period of the 1980s and 1990s.

Just a reminder that there will be no new episode next week. The week after that we will resume normal service.

Listen to the episode here.


Episode 61 – Akutagawa Ryunosuke


Episode 63 – An Unnatural Intimacy, Part 1


  1. Gwen Moscoe

    This was an amazing lecture. Like a comment for Sam’s previous cast, I was challenged by his speaking pace and I’m a native speaker. Once I slowed the cast down to 0.9, though, and listened when I had zero distractions, I was fine…and I’m glad I did. It was one of the most informative 40 minutes I’ve spent on my Asian Studies journey. It was interesting to draw parallels between Japan and the US.

    I’m curious if Sam would possibly be able to speak on homosexuality and transsexuality in Japan, both in antiquity and modern times, in culture and society. As a well-educated and professional woman who just happens to also be lesbian and transsexed, I am always curious to learn more about how those like me came along in non-western cultures. Isaac has alluded to homosexuality at times, but I’d love to see it examined in greater detail. This especially given the very current (circa Spring 2015) issue of recognition of marriage equality in Japan where prefectures are “going rogue” on the subject.

  2. Ben

    Insightful, thanks a lot!
    It would be great if you could make the illustrations mentioned in the show available?

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