Two New Meiji at 150 Podcast Episodes!

Episode 37 – Dr. Melek Ortabasi (Simon Fraser)


In this episode, Dr. Melek Ortabasi (Simon Fraser) retells the story of folklore focusing on the works of Yanagita Kunio, and gives a comparative look at children’s literature in the Meiji Period. We discuss folklore themes in Japanese popular culture today, Meiji children’s education, and a comparative approach to teaching the Meiji Period.

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Episode 36 – Dr. Hiromu Nagahara (MIT)


In this episode, Dr. Hiromu Nagahara (MIT) charts the popular music of the Meiji, Taishō, and Shōwa eras, noting the politics of music and sounding the potential of songs to voice popular discontent. We discuss the formation of national music in the Meiji Period, the spread of protest tunes in the Popular Rights Movement, the lingering popularity of wartime propaganda anthems, and the counterculture sentiments of postwar jazz standards and Enka ballads.

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