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Friday Night History

By Nyri A. Bakkalian
Your favorite weekly historical romp! Hosted by Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian
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Cleyera Episode 1 - An Introduction
Welcome, #FridayNightHistory listeners, to the first episode of Cleyera: Conversations on Shinto. Zoe (Cora) and I, two friends and practitioners of Shinto in the anglosphere, talk about their faith, its cultural, historical, and other contexts, and try to bring knowledge and community to others. In this inaugural episode, we talk about some major terms relevant to Shinto, questions of Great Nature and kegare, discuss some of where we're coming from, and touch on some directions for future discussions.
01:03:08
October 22, 2021
Episode 39 (S2E6)- Jogezan
This week on Friday Night History: Jōgezan For pictures and references, check out the entry at patreon.com/riversidewings. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
15:29
October 22, 2021
Episode 38 (S2E5)- The Fox Osan of the Six Spears
This week on Friday Night History: The Fox Osan of the Six Spears. (A content warning ahead of this week's episode. This week's episode partially addresses the system of public execution in the Edo period.) For pictures and references, check out the entry at patreon.com/riversidewings. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
12:17
October 15, 2021
Episode 37 (S2E4)- Shin'emon Inari
This week on Friday Night History: Shin'emon Inari Shrine. The bay that rendered one of Japan's greatest poets speechless, an island with a reputation, and one little shrine's very big history. This episode was recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings. For pictures and references, check out the entry at patreon.com/riversidewings. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
15:29
October 1, 2021
Episode 36 (S2E3)- The Fox Iroha of Okarimiya
This week on Friday Night History: The Fox Iroha of Okarimiya. A shrine, a fox, and a place in Sendai where the rules of the mundane world wear a bit thin. This episode was recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings. For pictures and references, check out the entry at patreon.com/riversidewings. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
13:54
September 24, 2021
Episode 35 (S2E2)- Kashikobuchi
This week on Friday Night History: Kashikobuchi. A yokai, the Hirose River, and a strange convergence with real-world higher education in central Sendai. This episode was recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings. (A quick note at the top here. This week's episode focuses on the folktale of the jorogumo of Kashikobuchi. This being was a benevolent, supernatural spider being who lived on the banks of the Hirose River. I won't be including images of spiders, nor will I be namedropping the word spider itself beyond a brief, cursory mention. This is because jorogumo are jorogumo, not real-world arachnids. Still, if you need to stop listening, please feel free, and I will see you next week. Please, friend, now more than ever, be good to yourself.) For pictures and references, check out the entry at patreon.com/riversidewings. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
12:01
September 17, 2021
Episode 34 (S2E1)- The Cat Who Would Be God
This week on Friday Night History: The Cat Who Would be God. This episode was recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings. (A quick note at the top here. The topic of consideration here is a cat that was, sadly, killed-- but our story is about that cat's enshrinement, how the deified cat got the last laugh, and how this interfaces with folk beliefs about supernatural cats.  Please listen accordingly.) For pictures and references, check out the entry at patreon.com/riversidewings. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
12:44
September 10, 2021
Episode 33- Emperor Tobu, Part 2
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: Emperor Tobu, Part Two. Why 1868 saw two (yes, two) emperors in Japan. This episode was recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
23:23
August 27, 2021
Episode 32: Emperor Tobu, Part One
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: Emperor Tobu, Part One. Why 1868 saw two (yes, two) emperors in Japan. This episode was recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
15:05
August 13, 2021
Episode 31- To Whom Does the Stonewall Belong?
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: To Whom does the Stonewall Belong? How the aftermath of the American Civil War collided with the Japanese Civil War. This episode was recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
16:00
August 6, 2021
Episode 30- Stumbling Over History
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: "Stumbling Over History." My encounter with Otsuka Yorimitsu, and a glimpse into astronomy education in 18th century Sendai.  This episode was recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
13:52
July 30, 2021
Episode 29- The Mantle of Hiraizumi
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: "The Mantle of Hiraizumi. House Date of Sendai and how it saw itself as heir to a millennium of precedent. This episode was recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
14:39
July 23, 2021
Episode 28- Mount Aoba, A Short History
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: "Mount Aoba: A Short History." This episode was recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
14:25
July 16, 2021
Episode 27- Coast Defense and International Learning
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: "Coast Defense and International Learning." Hayashi Shihei, house Date of Sendai, and the defensive argument for easing Japan's national seclusion. This episode was recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
11:54
July 9, 2021
Episode 26- Ino Hanzaemon's Long Walk
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: "Ino Hanzaemon's Long Walk." The story of  Dai Nihon Enkai Yochi Zenzu, and one man's epic mission of cartography. This episode was *not* recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings owing to a scheduling conflict, but episodes are usually recorded on Twitch. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
12:21
July 2, 2021
Episode 25- Mamiya Rinzo Goes North
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: "Mamiya Rinzo Goes North." The mid to late Edo era, the Shogunate's strategic policy on its northern border, and one man's survey way, way north.  This episode was recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. (note: this episode was re-uploaded on 28 June 2021 owing to an editing error caught after the fact) To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
13:46
June 25, 2021
Episode 24- Noh and Noh Accessories
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: " Noh and Noh Accessories." The house of Date, the line of Kanze, and why Sendai is the reason that some parts of modern Noh exist at all.  This episode was *not* recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings owing to a scheduling conflict, but episodes are usually recorded on Twitch. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, itch.io, gumroad, Medium, and Twitch!
12:59
June 18, 2021
A Lesson in Filing
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: Memory, redundancy, and why it really, really pays to have multiple backups of your research and digital archives. This episode recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
13:32
June 4, 2021
Episode 23- Gesaku
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: "Gesaku." Snark, fart jokes, and why the Shogunate didn't like satire. This episode recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
13:44
May 28, 2021
Episode 22- Falconry
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: "Falconry." Bushi, birds, and how to disguise a military exercise in times of peace. This episode recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
14:15
May 21, 2021
Episode 21- Feudal Edge Case
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: "Feudal Edge Case." Why the definition of what makes a daimyo gets weird and blurry around the edges. This episode recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
13:53
May 14, 2021
Episode 20- Kotodai Park
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: "Kotodai Park." The story of one Sendai neighborhood and its importance to the history of Japanese education. This episode recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
13:36
May 7, 2021
Episode 19- At Any Cost
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: "At Any Cost." Ming Dynasty refugees, esoteric rituals, and the 1620s eruption of Mount Zao. This episode recorded before a live audience at twitch.tv/riversidewings  For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
13:38
April 30, 2021
Episode 18- Things Not to Say
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: "Things to Not Say." Daimyo, their Titles, and why some words in the Edo period were inadvisable for non-warriors to use.  For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
12:04
April 23, 2021
Programming Notice for the Week of 16 April
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: No new episode, owing to having been laid low for several days by my first COVID vaccine. However, I have an update that pertains to future episodes, including a special guest star! Check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
02:13
April 15, 2021
Episode 17- Brewing and the Gods
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: "Brewing and the Gods." Municipal jurisdictions in the Edo period, brewing and breweries, and what gods have to do with brewing sake and vinegar and breaking the usual pattern of rules. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
13:15
April 9, 2021
Episode 16- Sendai Suzume-odori
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: "Sendai Suzume Odori." Stonemasons, military secrets, and dancing like a drunken bird in downtown Sendai. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
13:59
April 2, 2021
Episode 15- Gyutan
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: Gyutan. An enterprising Sendai chef, the US military's Occupation era supply chain, and a culinary delight that endures to the present. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
13:09
March 26, 2021
Episode 14- Zunda Mochi
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: Zunda Mochi. The house of Date, a field-expedient Dessert, and A Culinary Sense Born from War. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
12:47
March 19, 2021
Episode 13- Sendai Miso
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: Sendai Miso. The house of Date, a supply chain for military provisions, and a flavor that endures to the present. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
14:04
March 12, 2021
Episode 12- A Forest of English
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: A Forest of English. Dutch merchants, Japanese interpreters, and the Shogunate's push to build capability in English. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
13:09
March 5, 2021
Episode 11- The Phaeton Incident
This week, on #FridayNightHistory: The Phaeton Incident.  A British skipper, a European war, and a standoff in Nagasaki Harbor. For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
13:26
February 26, 2021
Episode 10- Don't Think Twice
This week, on Friday Night History: Don't Think Twice. Why did Edo period isolationism have a stretch of actively shooting at foreign ships, and what did that look like from the receiving end? And what geopolitical forces made that policy finally stop? For pictures and references, check out the entry at my blog riverside-wings.com. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
11:13
February 19, 2021
Episode 9- Katakura Kita, Builder
This week, on Friday Night History: Katakura Kita, Builder. On one gutsy woman in 16th century Japan, and her outsized influence in making the house of Date what it became. For pictures and references, check out my blog. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
12:08
February 12, 2021
Episode 8- Japanese Veterans of the American Civil War
This week, on Friday Night History: Japanese veterans of the American Civil War. I begin a journey to find the true names and stories of two men..  For pictures and references, check out my blog. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at Patreon.com/riversidewings , check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
10:09
February 5, 2021
Episode 7- Ogata Koan, Connector
This week, on Friday Night History: Ogata Koan, Connector. A visionary doctor, a pioneering school, and a cadre of people who went on to fame. For pictures and references, check out my blog. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at bit.ly/2lVqvv2, check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
08:15
January 29, 2021
Episode 6- The Doctor and the Daimyo
This week, on Friday Night History: The Doctor and the Daimyo. A doctor from Eastern Pennsylvania, a daimyo from northern Kyushu, and a surprising place to find mercury. Remember, kids: don't do mercury.  For pictures and references, check out my blog. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at bit.ly/2lVqvv2, check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
12:27
January 22, 2021
Episode 5- The Long and Surprising Afterlife of Edo Period Robots
This week on Friday Night History: A polymath roboticist, a forward-thinking daimyo, a shipyard, and a household name that might surprise you. For pictures and references, check out my blog. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at bit.ly/2lVqvv2, check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
08:30
January 15, 2021
Episode 4- The Moustache of Destiny
This week, on Friday Night History: The Moustache of Destiny. A Japanese General, a New Technology, and the Muttonchops to End All Muttonchops. For pictures and references, check out my blog. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at bit.ly/2lVqvv2, check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
07:13
January 8, 2021
Episode 3- The Shove Heard Round the World
Kicking off 2021, this week, listen to the story of how US slapdash gunboat diplomacy in the 1840s (yes, 1840s) accidentally kickstarted the birth of the modern Japanese navy. For the blogposts, which include photos. click here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon at bit.ly/2lVqvv2, check out the merch at Redbubble, or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook, and don't forget to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch!
23:18
January 1, 2021
Coming Soon: New Equipment, New Episodes, New Year
With new recording equipment in hand, I have new episodes (and better audio) coming in the new year! To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon bit.ly/2lVqvv2 or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook
01:14
December 28, 2020
Episode 2- Ranald MacDonald, the First ALT
Where did modern English language instruction in Japan begin? Here's the newest Friday Night History podcast! on Ranald MacDonald, the Preble mission, and English instruction in pre-1853 Japan. For the blogpost, which includes photos, click here. To support this podcast and the rest of my work, sign up to my Patreon bit.ly/2lVqvv2 or buy my new novel Grey Dawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook
15:10
November 23, 2020
Friday Night History Preview Episode: Asakusa Danzaemon and the Boshin War
A first preview episode of Friday Night History! This is the story of Asakusa Danzaemon, an eta leader in 1868 Japan, and his role in the Boshin War (1868-1869). For text, sources, and more, visit my blog  and to support this podcast, consider becoming a patron on Patreon!
08:46
November 2, 2020