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Meiji at 150

Meiji at 150 Podcast, Episode 009, Dr. Sharalyn Orbaugh (University of British Columbia) Orbaugh, Sharalyn; Grunow, Tristan


In this episode, Dr. Orbaugh sheds light on the story of Nogi Shizuko and her gruesome suicide alongside husband Nogi Maresuke on the day of the Meiji Emperor’s funeral in 1912. Noting the relative silence on Shizuko’s role in the story, we discuss the absence of Shizuko as a figure in anti-war or women’s movements in the prewar period, her reappearance in the postwar, and the position of women more broadly in Japanese wartime ideology.

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