The Meiji at 150 Podcast
Student Podcast Episode 24 - Tōkaidō Post Stations (Part 2)

Student Podcast Episode 24 - Tōkaidō Post Stations (Part 2)

May 8, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, two students travel the Tōkaidō Road between Kyōto and Edo during the Tokugawa Period, stopping along the way at several towns, rest stops, and post stations.

Student Podcast Episode 23 - Tōkaidō Post Stations (Part 1)

Student Podcast Episode 23 - Tōkaidō Post Stations (Part 1)

May 8, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a group of students lead a tour of towns, rest stops, and post stations along the Tōkaidō Road between Kyōto and Edo during the Tokugawa Period.

Student Podcast Episode 22 - 1907 Vancouver Riots (Part 2)

Student Podcast Episode 22 - 1907 Vancouver Riots (Part 2)

May 1, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, two students introduce research they conducted on a Japanese-owned business damaged in the 1907 Vancouver Anti-Asian riots. 

Student Podcast Episode 21 - 1907 Vancouver Riots (Part 1)

Student Podcast Episode 21 - 1907 Vancouver Riots (Part 1)

May 1, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student introduces research she conducted on a Japanese-owned business damaged in the 1907 Vancouver Anti-Asian riots. 

Student Podcast Episode 20 - Utagawa Hiroshige

Student Podcast Episode 20 - Utagawa Hiroshige

April 24, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student sketches the work of famous Edo-period woodblock artist Utagawa Hiroshige, focusing on the print "Fireworks at Ryōgoku Bridge" from the One Hundred Views of Edo series.

Student Podcast Episode 19 - Political Pop Music

Student Podcast Episode 19 - Political Pop Music

April 24, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student catalogues the political and propagandistic messages of popular music in prewar and postwar Japan, from prewar military marches to Occupation-era big band jazz, the 1950's enka ballads of Misora Hibari, and the 1960s pop melodies of Sakamoto Kyū.

Student Podcast Episode 18 - J-Pop

Student Podcast Episode 18 - J-Pop

April 17, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student charts the popularity of "J-Pop," or Japanese pop music, spotlighting Japanese pop idols, notable groups, and influential production companies.  We also discuss differences between Japanese and Western musical styles, and the crowd-sourced Vocaloid musical act Hatsune Miku.

Student Podcast Episode 17 - Juken (School Entrance Exams)

Student Podcast Episode 17 - Juken (School Entrance Exams)

April 17, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class. In this episode, a student sits for an assessment of Japanese school entrance exams, marking the importance of exams, the pressures of exam-taking on students, and the resulting industry of exam-prep Juku, or cram schools, in Japan.

Student Podcast Episode 16 - Otaku

Student Podcast Episode 16 - Otaku

April 10, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class. In this episode, a student introduces Otaku (obsessive fan) culture, discussing its increasing familiarity and popularity, describing its many forms and objects of fandom from anime and trains to Star Wars, and dispelling several misconceptions about Otaku.

Student Podcast Episode 15 - 1960s Counterculture

Student Podcast Episode 15 - 1960s Counterculture

April 10, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student records the subversive music, literature, and film of the 1960s counterculture movement, featuring guerilla folk songs and avante garde films.

Student Podcast Episode 14 - Ukiyo-e (Pictures of the Floating World)

Student Podcast Episode 14 - Ukiyo-e (Pictures of the Floating World)

April 4, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, two students paint a picture of Edo-Period Ukiyo-e, or "pictures of the floating world," tracing the works and influence of famous artists like Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige.

Student Podcast Episode 13 - Sushi

Student Podcast Episode 13 - Sushi

April 4, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student presents the history of sushi in Japan, serving up the different styles of sushi preparation, and dishing out the differences in sushi between Japan and North America.

Student Podcast Episode 12 - J Hora- (J-Horror)

Student Podcast Episode 12 - J Hora- (J-Horror)

March 27, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class. In this episode, a student directs our attention to the horror movie genre in Japan, especially the films of director Miike Takashi.  We discuss differences in the horror genre in Japan and North America, the moral "lessons" of horror films, and ways the horror genre reflects issues in contemporary society.

Student Podcast Episode 11 - Da-ku Souru (Dark Souls)

Student Podcast Episode 11 - Da-ku Souru (Dark Souls)

March 27, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student walks through the Japanese "Dark Souls" RPG video game series, navigating the complex Japanese videogame market and repositioning the gaming phenomenon within larger Japanese and North American social contexts.

Student Podcast Episode 10 - Keigo

Student Podcast Episode 10 - Keigo

March 20, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student introduces Keigo, or Japanese honorific language, delineating its complex hierarchies, social uses, and impacts on interpersonal communication and relationships.

Student Podcast Episode 9 - Ō-to Re-su (Auto Race)

Student Podcast Episode 9 - Ō-to Re-su (Auto Race)

March 20, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student steers our attention to Ō-to Re-su (Auto Race) -- Japanese hi-speed motorcycle racing -- encircling its background, its continuing popularity, and its unique features.

Student Podcast Episode 8 - Yoshoku (Japanese-style Western Food)

Student Podcast Episode 8 - Yoshoku (Japanese-style Western Food)

March 6, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student samples Yoshōku, or Japanese-style Western foods, like omuraisu, napolitan, and kare raisu, tracing their origins and noting their affiliation with "Japanese food," especially overseas.

Student Podcast Episode 7 - Seichi Junrei (Anime “Holy Site” Pilgrimages)

Student Podcast Episode 7 - Seichi Junrei (Anime “Holy Site” Pilgrimages)

March 6, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student guides us on a tour of "holy sites" made popular by anime or manga, noting the commercial benefits these pilgrimages bring for local areas and the affective ties fans develop for these places.

Student Podcast Episode 6 - Japanese Whisky

Student Podcast Episode 6 - Japanese Whisky

February 27, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student gives us a small taste of the recent popularity of Japanese whisky around the world, sampling the history of whisky production in Japan as well as the rapid growth of the whisky industry in general.

Student Podcast Episode 5 - Hotaru no Haka (Grave of the Fireflies)

Student Podcast Episode 5 - Hotaru no Haka (Grave of the Fireflies)

February 27, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student reviews the making and meaning of the Studio Ghibli film Hotaru no Haka (1988), or "Grave of Fireflies," directed by Takahata Isao. 

Student Podcast Episode 4 - Anime in the West

Student Podcast Episode 4 - Anime in the West

February 19, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student shares his passion for anime and traces the influence of Japanese anime on cartoons in North America.

Student Podcast Episode 3 - Americana in Japan

Student Podcast Episode 3 - Americana in Japan

February 19, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, a student talks about the popularity of American culture in Japan, as seen in food products, celebrities, and movies.

Student Podcast Episode 2 - Yakyū (Baseball)

Student Podcast Episode 2 - Yakyū (Baseball)

February 12, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture they research in class.  In this episode, two students discuss Japanese yakyū (baseball), comparing and contrasting the onfield and ingame experience for players and fans in Japan and North America.

Student Podcast Episode 1 - Karōshi (Working to Death)

Student Podcast Episode 1 - Karōshi (Working to Death)

February 12, 2018

In the Meiji at 150 Student Podcast, UBC students discuss aspects of Japanese culture that they research in class.  In this episode, two students discuss the societal roots and impacts of karōshi, a phenomenon in which Japanese businesspeople literally "work themselves to death."