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The Sengoku Archives Podcast

The Sengoku Archives Podcast

By Shawn Cantrell
This podcast takes a deeper look at things during Japan's civil war, the Sengoku Jidai, and reviews on things that bring this era to the pop culture spotlight.
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Episode 20: 'Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan' Review, Episodes 4-6
Welcome back! This is the second part of the two-part review on Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan the was released on Netflix in February 2021. I apologize for no music for this episode, for I have been having a difficult time getting it to work with this new system of mine. I have a few links for you all on things I mentioned in the video: The article on Date Masamune that contains information about the Siege of Odemori Castle (or Odamori): Date Masamune - Japanese Wiki Corpus ( The Shogunate YouTube channel: The Shogunate - YouTube Extra Credits YouTube series on the Sengoku Jidai: Warring States Japan: Sengoku Jidai - Battle of Okehazama - Extra History - #1 - YouTube Extra Credits YouTube series on Admiral Yi: Korea: Admiral Yi - Keep Beating the Drum - Extra History - #1 - YouTube History of Japan Podcast: History of Japan Podcast – Isaac Meyer Danny Chaplin's book on the Sengoku Jidai: Sengoku Jidai. Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu: Three Unifiers of Japan: Chaplin, Danny: 9781983450204: Books Check out our merch shop too! The Sengoku Archives ( ~Shawn, 1/26/2022
January 26, 2022
Episode 19: 'Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan' Review, Episodes 1-3
Hello and Happy New Year! We are talking about the docuseries Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan but there is a lot to go over. For this episode, we are covering the first three episodes of this series and part two will be our next episode, covering the last three episodes of this six episode docuseries. Here are the links to those who get more technical about the docuseries: The Shogunate: SengokuStudies: Sengoku Daimyo Facebook Page: Samurai History & Culture Japan Facebook Page: Enjoy checking out these awesome creators/historians! ~Shawn, 1/4/2022
January 05, 2022
Episode 18: Christmas in Sengoku Japan [Christmas Special]
Hello Everyone! We are ending 2021 with a Christmas special. In this episode, we are going to talk about the history of Christmas in Japan and the two recorded Christmas celebrations that took place during the Sengoku Jidai. This the last episode of the year so enjoy! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and may you all have a Happy 2022! ~Shawn, 12/16/2021 P.S.- Quote from Fróis was from the book They Came to Japan: An Anthology of European Reports on Japan, 1543-1640 (1995), edited by Michael Cooper, page 103. Come check us out on YouTube!: Follow us on Facebook!: Follow us on Twitter!:
December 16, 2021
Episode 17: The Legend of the Sanada 10 Braves [Thanksgiving Special]
Happy Thanksgiving! This episode is dedicated to you all, for I am so thankful for each and every one of my listeners. The Sengoku Archives would not be what it is today without your support. In this episode, we are talking about the Sanada Ten Braves, a group of ninja that served Sanada Yukimura during the Siege of Osaka. There is also a review for the 2016 film under the same name, so there is a Spoiler Alert for this episode! Got to playing around on Anchor and found out that background music can be applied so enjoy the new formatting of the future episodes to come! It sounds so much better to me, at least. May you all have a great Thanksgiving week and I will be back just before Christmas! ~Shawn, 11/23/2021 Our latest YouTube video: Check out our Black Friday Sales!:
November 23, 2021
Episode 16: Momochi Tanba
Hi Everyone! Welcome to Ninja November! This month, we are focusing on ninja on the podcast and website and for this episode, we are looking at the legendary Momochi Tanba! Stay tuned for another ninja episode just in time for Thanksgiving. ~Shawn 11/5/2021 Today starts our 20% sale!: (Ends 11/10/2021)
November 05, 2021
Episode 15: Oiran Buchi [Halloween Special]
Happy Halloween! For this episode of the Sengoku Archives Podcast, we are looking into Oiran Buchi, a gorge where fifty-five women were killed by Takeda soldiers. We will be discussing why they were killed and the hauntings that take place at this location. It's a nice short spooky story, so sit back, relax and turn off the lights. It's time for a Sengoku ghost story! ~Shawn, 10/11/2021 For the cursed sign: For our 15% off Sale: (ends 10/15/2021)
October 11, 2021
Episode 14: Other Sekigahara Sideshows
It's our last week talking about the Sekigahara Campaign and this week we are talking about Minakuchi, Kuisegawa, Tanabe and Fushimi. As of this week, we are changing up our uploads to once every two weeks. Next episode will be published sometime during the week of October 11-15, 2021 and stay tuned because this next one is a Halloween Special! It one of the "Sengoku Hauntings" topics. Go to and see if you can figure out the topic for the next episode! Until next time! ~Shawn, 9/24/2021 Source quoted: Turnbull, Stephen. The Samurai Sourcebook (2000), p. 254 For our Facebook page: For our Twitter page: For our website: For our merch shop:
September 24, 2021
Episode 13: The Kyūshū Sekigahara Campaign
This week, we are heading down to the southern island of Japan, Kyūshū, and seeing how the Sekigahara Campaign affected them there! We've got an important announcement next week, so stay tuned! ~Shawn, 9/17/2021 For our merch shop:
September 17, 2021
Episode 12: The Siege of Ueda, 1600
We're back with another episode talking about the lesser known battles of the Sekigahara Campaign. In this episode, we are going to talk about the Siege of Ueda, a siege that had things gone differently, it could have changed history. Stay tuned as we continue our Sekigahara discussion next week! ~Shawn, 9/9/2021 Last day for Free Standard Shipping!:
September 09, 2021
Episode 11: The Tōhoku Sekigahara Campaign
Hello and welcome to September! I have been teasing this for the past few weeks and it's finally here! For the month of September, we are going to be focusing on the lesser known battles that were fought around the time of the famous Battle of Sekigahara, which was fought on October 21, 1600. This week, we are looking at the northern campaign known as the Tōhoku Sekigahara Campaign. This was fought between the Uesugi clan, who had sided with Ishida Mitsunari in the West and the Date and Mogami clans who sided with Tokugawa Ieyasu in the East! ~Shawn, 9/3/2021 Our website: Our merch shop:
September 03, 2021
Episode 10: Tachibana Ginchiyo
It's Women's Equality Day here in the United States, a day that celebrates the addition of the Nineteenth Amendment that gave the women the right to vote! To celebrate this day, we will be talking about Tachibana Ginchiyo, one of the few women during the Sengoku Jidai that became the head of her clan. ~Shawn, 8/26/2021 Last Day for 20% off Merch!: Our Website:
August 26, 2021
Episode 9: Shima Sakon
Again, I apologize for a short episode this week. I am preparing for a month long topic in September and some more for October and they have required a lot more time and research. Unfortunately too, there is not a lot on Shima Sakon (at least in English sources), which has resulting in a short episode for this week. As I stated, this week, we will be talking about one of the Western Army's strategists, Shima Sakon. Enjoy the short episode this week for September is about to get interesting! ~Shawn 8/20/2021 Our merch shop: Visit our website:
August 20, 2021
Episode 8: Hiragumo
Hello everyone and welcome back! I apologize for this week's episode being so short! I had a completely different topic in mind but some things came up and I had to go with a topic I had already researched well. This week, we are talking about the famous tea kettle, Hiragumo, that was once owned by Matsunaga Hisahide. Hope you all enjoy! ~Shawn, 8/13/2021 Visit our website!: Please check out our merch shop!:
August 13, 2021
Episode 7: Matsunaga Hisahide: Villain of the Warring States?
In honor of reaching over 100 views on YouTube for this very topic, I have decided to talk about Matsunaga Hisahide in this episode. I learn something new about him every time! This episode looks at his life and we talk about if he really deserves the title of Villain of the Warring States. ~ Shawn, 8/5/2021 YouTube Video on Matsunaga Hisahide: 15% off at the mercy shop for a limited time only! (Expires 8/7/2021):
August 05, 2021
Episode 6: Hachiōji Castle
This week, we diving into the paranormal as we talk about the history at Hachiōji Castle and the hauntings that have been recorded from those who have dared to go there. Paranormal stuff is always fun for me to cover because I have loved ghost stories since I was a kid. This might not be for the faint of heart, so you have been warned! ~Shawn, 7/28/2021 Last chance to get Merch at 15% off! (ends 8/1/2021):
July 28, 2021
Episode 5: Naoe Kanetsugu, Defender of the Uesugi
This week, we are talking about Naoe Kanetsugu, a man who isn't really known to Western audiences, but it well known in Japan. Also included is a reading of the famous document called Naoe-jo, a letter that was written by him to Ieyasu before everything broke out at Sekigahara. The translation I read from is the only translation I know of from Sparrowdreams on Tumblr: Also, we have merch! Check us out here: There is also a link for it on our website at under the "Merch Shop" tab. Go there now and get 15% off your order! (offer ends 8/1/2021) ~Shawn, 7/23/2021 
July 23, 2021
Episode 4: Cao Cao and Oda Nobunaga
Hi everyone! This was a difficult one due to my computer making my web page crash and, because I don't have a sound room, waiting for thunderstorms to pass so I can finish the episode! But here it is! In this episode, we are taking at look at Cao Cao, the Chancellor of the Han Dynasty and King of Wei, to Oda Nobunaga, the first of the Three Unifiers of Japan. I apologize in advance for any mispronunciations of Chinese names for it has been a long time since I have dived into Chinese history. Also, I did mention that there is a translation out there for The Art of War and I have the link for you right here: This translation contains the notes that Cao Cao wrote in his copy of the book and it managed to survive. Hope you all enjoy! ~Shawn 7/16/2021
July 16, 2021
Episode 3: The Many Faces of Saika Magoichi
Welcome back! After glossing over who Saika Magoichi was in last week's episode, I decided to go back and talk about him and why I could not get into last week. It is very complex and confusing but hopefully this clears the air on who Magoichi was. Again, a big thank you goes out to our sponsors and to you, my listeners. We hit 10,000 views last week on the website and I'm so thankful for my fans. It wouldn't have gotten there without you! Stay tuned for next week's episode! ~Shawn 7/8/2021
July 08, 2021
Episode 2: 'Samurai Warriors 2': The Best Game in the Franchise [Sponsored by Anchor]
Welcome back! In this episode, we are going to take a trip down memory lane as I talk about why I believe that 'Samurai Warriors 2' is the best game in the franchise. A big thank you goes to Anchor for sponsoring this episode, the first sponsorship The Sengoku Archives has ever gotten! I'm so excited to see how far we can take this podcast. Thank you all for listening! I couldn't do this without you. ~ Shawn, 6/29/2021
June 29, 2021
Episode 1: Introduction and Overview
Hello everyone! This is the first podcast episode for The Sengoku Archives, a website I created about four years ago that focuses on the Sengoku Jidai (1467-1615). This is a "trailer" for the podcast as I lay out what The Sengoku Archives is, what the goal is for this podcast, and a brief timeline of what happens during these 148 years of war. This is also my first ever podcast, so I hope to have the kinks worked out for the next episode. Thank you for listening! ~Shawn, 6/24/2021
June 24, 2021