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5th-May-2012 11:01 am - Japan pics
Hey guys, slowly getting my pictures up from a trip to Japan I took a few weeks ago.
In particular, you may be interested in Day 2 as I visit Nikko where a shrine is built for the first Tokugawa shogunate and you can also visit the childhood residence of the Emperor (summers and during the war).

Still have a few more days to post, so make sure to come back again later to see what else is up there :>

31st-Jan-2012 09:57 am - Question about Ikumatsu?
live action, sato takeru, kyoto taikahen
Quite simply, what year did she die in? I need the information for a fanfiction I'm writing and Google has next to nothing on her.

Thank you.
13th-Dec-2011 11:13 pm - Random Meiji backtracking
Originally posted by paulownia at Random Meiji backtracking

Originally published at red bird. You can comment here or there.

Random links to residence of Katsura Kogoro (later renamed Kido Takayoshi):


Yes - still vaguely lurking on here, although intermittently. :>
12th-Feb-2011 07:59 pm - Tenjin in California
While Tenjin did not live in the Edo or Meiji era he was the saint many scholars from those eras turned to in their darkest hour.

The bronze statue of Tenjin below can be seen at the Garden of Associates at the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH).


The 272-acre Gold Hill Ranch was purchased for $3.2 million using a combination of grants, private donations and loans. It is the location of the Wakamatsu Colony, settled by Japanese immigrants in 1869 as a hub for tea cultivation, silk worm farming and other traditional Japanese agricultural practices.

"The Wakamatsu Colony story is every bit as compelling as the story of Jamestown or the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock," said Conservancy director Alan Ehrgott.

Please click on the tag "Aizu" in this community to find past posts related to Aizu during the Bakumatsu and Meiji Era. The immigrants mentioned in the article above left Japan after 1868 in search of a better life here in the United States.
16th-Aug-2010 02:03 pm - Shamisen question
For those of you familiar with Japanese music, what's with that "huuah!" or "hoi!" thing that some shamisen players do while they play? They'll often do it at the start of a piece, and I'm just wondering what that is.
7th-Apr-2010 07:31 pm - Hakuouki Shinsengumi...
thanks to reynardine noticed this is now up online as well as streaming on BT. (Online at animeseason.com under "Hakuouki")
5th-Apr-2010 03:00 pm - The Orphan Tsunami of 1700
While looking into earthquakes and tsunamis for work (fun fun), ran across this publication -"The Orphan Tsunami of 1700" - in a local geographhical newsletter:


What makes this absolutely fun for this community is part 2 talks about the evidence for demonstrating a massive earthquake in the NW US region using Japanese records at that time. Among the lovely things included are a map of the world from Japan's perspective and stories from six different Japanese accounts.

This scholarly work is a copublication between American and Japanese authors and is free to download. Enjoy :)
12th-Dec-2009 06:12 pm - A Piece of Kyoto in Los Angeles

Visiting with Huell Howser clip

Yamashiro is a super trendy restaurant which looms above Hollywood. Built at the turn of the century, it represents America's fascination with the orient at the time.

Hollywood footnote for you: Yamashiro's was also one of many locations used to film Memoirs of a Geisha.
Press promotion for next season's TBS drama Shinsengumi Peacemaker (mentioned here). A chance to get a look at some of the actors in costume.

Link to Oricon article & pics
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