Noah Oskow is a professional Japanese translator and interpreter who holds a BA in East Asian Languages and Cultures. He has lived, studied and worked in Japan for nearly seven years, including two years studying at Sophia University in Tokyo and four years teaching English on the JET Program in rural Fukushima Prefecture. His experiences with language learning and historical and cultural studies as well as his extensive experience in world travel have lead to appearances at speaking events and popular podcasts. Noah is currently working on his Masters Degree in Global Studies at Leipzig University in Germany.
The story of the samurai who fought the rise of modern Japan to the end - and who, when all else failed, founded his own nation-state.
How a mysterious frontier island peopled by "barbarians" became one of the four main islands of Japan - and how the original inhabitants suffered as a result.
How Japan defeated the German Empire in World War I and ruled over Micronesia for three decades - before it all came crashing down.
The epic tale of the 300,000 cousins the Japanese welcomed home from Brazil and insisted they needed - until they suddenly didn't.
Why are there so many Brazilian-Japanese in Japan? The answer goes back to the Meiji era, and the government's need to get rid of its own citizens.
Akira Kurosawa once said, "Take me, subtract movies, and you get zero." At a time when he felt he had nothing, it was up to a Soviet production company to put the movie back in the maestro.
Japanese film maestro Akira Kurosawa's enduring love of Russian literature may have saved his life when the Soviet Union stepped in to save his career. In Part 1 of this story, Noah Oskow reviews the auteur's highs and lows.