• The History of Japan in a Nutshell

  • From the Prehistoric Period to Modern Day (History in a Nutshell)
  • By: Willowby Huxley
  • Narrated by: Paul Richard Yarborough
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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The History of Japan in a Nutshell

By: Willowby Huxley
Narrated by: Paul Richard Yarborough
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Publisher's Summary

Without Japan, you probably wouldn't have your car...but how much do you really know about this fascinating country's rich and colorful history?

For a country that’s brought us household names as diverse as Nintendo, Toyota, and Sony, shockingly little is known about Japan’s rich and complex history.

Like many westerners, you may have a love of Japanese culture and cuisine.

Perhaps you wait longingly for the latest tech developments to flood out of the country...but how much do you really know about how Japan got to be where it is today?

In The History of Japan in a Nutshell, you’ll be guided through the most important timelines in Japan’s history - from 35,000 BC right through to the present day. You’ll discover:

  • The complete story of the emergence of one of the world’s most resilient nations
  • A deeper understanding of the Samurai and their place within the class structure
  • The wars that shaped Japan
  • How Buddhism arrived in Japan (and how it spread after a shaky start)
  • A closer look at feudal Japan
  • The most influential families in Japanese history
  • The real story behind the ninja
  • A comprehensive look at how Japan rose to economic power in Asia
  • The devastating effects of World War II - and how Japan clawed its way back to strength
  • Fun facts about Japan - from earthquakes to fake food, and everything in between
  • Key cultural details you’ll definitely want to know if you plan to visit Japan
  • And much more.

Whether you’re a self-confessed Japanophile, or you simply want to enrich your knowledge, The History of Japan in a Nutshell will open your eyes to one of the most complex national histories in the world.

Everything we love about Japan was born out of a rich and nuanced past - and it’s all here, just waiting to be soaked up.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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A great snapshot

Boiled down a rich history useful to begin one’s learning. Well framed and wrapped with excellent factoids of the culture to close out.

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Extreme knowledge enhancer

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Japan twice in my life and I’m hoping to get back there as many times as possible. Absolutely love it there. I’m sure my next trip will be even better now that I am geared up with an extremely large reservoir of knowledge of the countries history. This brilliant title lays it all out for the listener in a fun and easy to digest format. Highly recommend for those looking to travel or just buff up their worldly knowledge.

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Very Interesting Book

I enjoyed learning the history of Japan through this well written and clearly narrated book. Highly recommended.

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Fantastic!

Japan is one of the top countries I would like to travel to. This book helps me understand our past relationship with the country and all of the important historical events, except organized in a way that isn't redundant and very easy to follow, a great book 10/10 highly recommend!

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A fascinating audiobook!!

Having lived in Japan for 7 years, this audiobook was a perfect fit! The author is fully knowledgable about Japan and its transformation. The narration is quite clear to understand and easy to follow. The structure is also well done. The author started from the earliest stages of life in Japan to the modern era and touched upon the country's overall transformation process.

Japan has always amazed me, the people, culture, work ethic etc. It is amazing to see a country prone to so much natural disasters be that strong and always in search for perfection. The chapter "Fun facts about Japan" is really interesting!! having experienced those myself; such as removing shoes before entering houses, people negative thoughts about tattoos, chop sticks ethics etc...
If you are interested in Japan; if you plan to visit the country this audiobook should be your buddy!

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Superb History Lessons! Great Narration!

I loved this title! Listening to history is something I always find interesting, to say the least! From hundreds of years ago to today, this audiobook covers a great span of knowledge and history! Get yours today to start learning more about Japan!

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How all history should be taught!

I love how concise this historical overview was. I enjoy history without all the minute facts that make it interminable, and this audiobook was perfect for that. Really good writing, and I love having a broad overview of an entire country and what makes it Japan today. Highly recommended!

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Incredibly Interesting!

I learned so much from this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone that would like to learn more about the vibrant history of Japan! Who knew, loved the fun facts!

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So informative!

I have a trip planned to Japan at the beginning of next year and I am always looking to learn more about the culture and history before I go. This book is perfect and covers such broad and interesting topics about Japan, its history and modern day facts. I highly recommend this to anyone that is interested in learning about Japan, has a trip planned to Japan, or wants to win their next Japanese trivia competition.

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Knowledge about Japan

I was drawn to this audiobook because I've always wanted to visit Japan and learn more about their culture. The chapter on fascinating facts, which contains a variety of knowledge about Japan, was one of my favorites. I had no notion that almost a third of the country's area is covered in forest and that there are more than 100 active volcanoes.

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  • steven christie
  • 08-19-21

fascinating

fascinating book on the history of Japan, im hoping to visit there so want to know all the history. lots of great stuff on the emergence of Japan, feudal Japan, early modern times and much more . also some fun facts as well

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-21

Fantastic sum up Japan history!

To me, Japan is one of those countries with unique characteristics where ancient history and modernisation are going hand in hand. The book has sum up key points of Japan history that I tend to overlook. Without having to go through page and page of text books, I have learnt a great deal about this country. Fantastic book about one of the fascinating countries!

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  • Annabell
  • 07-19-21

Fun Facts

I have always wanted to visit Japan, so this audiobook appealed to me. This audiobook provided a mini historical tour of Japan. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on cool facts about Japan. I didn't realise that 69% of the landmass of the country is covered with forests. I definitely feel like I have learnt lots of new things about this fascinating county and still hope to visit it one day.

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  • Chuzpah
  • 07-18-21

Lots of good information

This audiobook provides an excellent review of the history of Japan. The author does a great job at summarizing Japan's history in this short audiobook. In addition, there is a fun facts section that provides a lot of uncommon knowledge. If you are interested in the history of Japan, this audiobook is for you. Highly recommended.

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  • Amz_shopper
  • 07-17-21

Great listen

The author did an awesome job in putting in the research into this audiobook. I’ve been interested in learning more about Asian history, especially a country like Japan. I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The chapter on the fun facts about Japan was interesting. There were many facts I never knew existed! Great narration by Paul Richard Yarborough.

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  • Dillon Heger
  • 07-17-21

Very interesting

This audiobook is well laid out and narrated. It is a very interesting and insightful take on the history and culture of Japan. I learned a lot and particularly enjoyed the section on the Sumo wrestling and its customs.

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  • Hotel And Co
  • 07-16-21

Great knowledge on Japan history

This is a great book to understand the history of Japan. The level of depth and knowledge of this book is great which focuses on both pre-historic and modern day Japan. A must listen for anyone who plans to travel or live in Japan.

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  • Veronica Lungson
  • 07-16-21

Great history recap

If you are history buff like myself then you will love this audio. The author does a great job of consolidating everything into a 1 hour audio but also is very thorough and doesn't leave anything out. I learned a ton and it clarified a lot of stuff I still had questions about. The narrator also has a great voice and excellent pacing.

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  • SisB
  • 07-16-21

Informative!

As a teacher, I always want to enrich my knowledge, and this book just came in handy. It gives informative ability on Japan in a conclusive manner. Furthermore, it helps understand the people, their culture, and the entire country. I did not know much about the country, but the book gave helpful insight.

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  • Esmeralda S.
  • 07-16-21

Interesting history of Japan 🇯🇵 !

If you like history and Japanese culture, this book is for you! I highly recommend this 👌. It is the perfect length for a history book (no too long or short), Japanese history is fascinating 😀. Arigato gozaimasu!