URL transition

I have no idea who is still using LJ these days, but sadly went into the hands of domain resellers so I cannot retrieve it. I am in the process of getting functioning and I believe many files are still intact in the wordpress database so most of probably can be salvaged.

What prompted this rescue operation?

Well Rurouni Kenshin Hokkaiko arc is landing this September. Thought it was time to bring back the historical pieces of information shimizu_hitomi and others helped translate or gather.

Hopefully this URL migration doesn't take too long and site will be ready by end of month.

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 :>
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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).

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Wakamatsu Tea & Silk Colony Settlement Purchased

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.

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.

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 :)