Beyond Japan podcast

Beyond Japan, hosted by Oliver Moxham, Project Support Officer at the Sainsbury Institute and researcher of Japanese war heritage, aims to demonstrate the interdisciplinary breadth of Japanese Studies through interviewing experts on the diverse range of subjects it encompasses from archaeology to international relations to avant-garde calligraphy. Interviewees are also asked about their background to explore how a blossoming interest in Japan can lead to becoming an expert across a broad spectrum of fields.

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Latest episodes

  • For Beyond Japan's final episode, Oliver is joined by Aike Rots, Associate Professor of Japan Studies at the University of Oslo, to discuss the agency of animals in influencing human society and cultures. Aike’s collaborative project, Whales of Power, explores […]
  • Oliver is joined by Daniel Milne, Senior Lecturer at Kyoto University’s Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS), to discuss what happens when we memorialise past conflicts through the Kyoto Buddhist temple Ryōzen Kannon. Daniel and I explore how the […]
  • Oliver is joined by Susan Furukawa, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Beloit College, to discuss history in fiction through works on the iconic and problematic life of 16th century shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Susan and I look at […]
  • Oliver is joined by Chie Kutsuwada, UK-based manga artist, to discuss Japanese comics as art and the global spread of the genre’s art style and readership. Chie and Oliver look at what separates manga from other comic styles, the appeal […]
  • Welcome to the third series of Beyond Japan! In this episode, Oliver is joined by Randy Sasaki, researcher at the Kyushu National Museum, to discuss his specialism of underwater archaeology, otherwise known as maritime or nautical archaeology. Randy and I […]

Series 2 (Sept. 2021 – July 2022)

Series 1 (June 2020 – July 2021)