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B20 – Pearl Diving in Japan
B20 – Pearl Diving in Japan

Pearl Diving in Japan is carried out by a group of women known as Ama or to us Diving Women. Their jobs consisted of catching seafood to sell, but over time these women had grown famous for collecting pearls from the ocean as well.

E73B Becoming Maiko
E73B Becoming Maiko

We continue today the tale of Mineko, as she comes ever closer to becoming a fully fledged Geisha. But it is not going to be an easy time for her...

E73A Adopted into the Geisha World
E73A Adopted into the Geisha World

Our story now looks into the life of the woman called. Mineko Iwasaki, a woman who was actually interviewed for the book Memoirs of a Geisha...

E72 Higuchi Ichiyo
E72 Higuchi Ichiyo

Today we finally delve into the life of Higuchi Ichiyo, the woman you can see on the 5000円 note. Ichiyo was born on May 2, 1872. Her name at birth was Natsu, although she also...

E71 Hidden Names
E71 Hidden Names

Our first episode during Womens History Month so I wanted to do an episode on 3 women I have come across in my time making the website and they are women we do not know the names of. I want to talk about the few things we know of their lives and also show the works they are known for.

E70 Making Withered Trees Bloom
E70 Making Withered Trees Bloom

Long, long ago there lived an old man and his wife who supported themselves by cultivating a small plot of land. Their life had been a very happy and peaceful one save for one great sorrow…

B19 – Forgotten Pantomime – Gigaku
B19 – Forgotten Pantomime – Gigaku

Today we talk of an almost forgotten part of Japanese History. Japanese pantomime known as Gigaku…

B18 – The Horse Slaying Sword
B18 – The Horse Slaying Sword

Today a look into the sword which was known as the ‘zanbato.’ Was this sword real? Or is it merely the stuff of legend? Well lets look into that today…

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Ono no Komachi Poem
Saigyo Hoshi Poem
Priest Noin Poem
Fujiwara Yoshitaka Poem
Daini no Sanmi Poem
Yamabe no Akahito Poem
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The Supernatural of Japan

Aobozu
Amefuri Kozo
Nurarihyon
Hitotsume kozo
Nekomata
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Latest Site Updates

June 2022 Updates
June 2022 Updates

We are drawing very close to completing all the members of the Fujiwara Clan we can that are mentioned in the books we currently have. We have also added many members of the Abe Clan for you this month.

May 2022 Updates
May 2022 Updates

It has been a pretty good month overall almost everything is new this month. With pages for the first few Emperors as well as their wives and children now finished.

April 2022 Updates
April 2022 Updates

We have been keeping the ball rolling since we hit 1000 pages last months. Alot of updates and a lot of new pages for the first time in a long while!

March 2022 Updates
March 2022 Updates

Here are our March 2022 Updates. Well we finally did it! We have hit over 1000 pages on the website! Heres to another productive year for the website and our podcast: Japan Archives.

October 2021 Updates
October 2021 Updates

Well this has been a good month for the website, we dug out a dusty journal we have had for a while that we once used when doing our Human Sacrifice episode. And so…

September 2021 Updates
September 2021 Updates

Since the last update we have concentrated on getting the Shinto mythologies all the way up to the birth of Ōkuninushi onto the website…

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