This week, we’re taking on whaling in Tokugawa Japan. What is ‘traditional’ whaling in Japan? How and why did people take to the seas to hunt whales? And how is all of this wrapped up in the modern debate around whaling in Japan?
Side note: wet weather in Seattle is giving me mad allergies, so apologies if I sound extra sniffly or anything.
Show notes here.
Arch, Jakobina K. Bringing Whales Ashore: Oceans and the Environment of Early Modern Japan.
Hanley, Susan B. “A High Standard of Living in Nineteenth-Century Japan: Fact or Fantasy?” Journal of Economic History 43, No 1 (Mar, 1983)
A fascinating story on the tests that found whale oil’s similarities to DDT.