For a change of pace, my wife and I stayed overnight in Kōbe, an urban resort that celebrates early Western residences that are exotic to Japanese and other Asians. Europeans got set up in this port city in the 19th Century just before the Meiji Restoration that embraced Western technology if not culture.
Although it rained the first day, Chisato logged way over 20,000 steps, but there wasn't much to photograph between the lively Sannomiya area and Harborland except food. These photos are from the second day, hiking up to the Kitano area where the retro foreign buildings are located. Despite the weather, Chisato was warm, which was the highlight.
Centralized higher school admission in early 20thC Japan led to better officials & improved careers for hi-achieving students but increased regional inequality by crowding out rural applicants, according to Chiaki Moriguchi at the 2024 APEBH Conference.
Sex imbalance varied by ethnicity & influenced marital decisions & hhold composition at a time of rising ethnic intermarriage in early 20thC Hawaii, according to Sumner LaCroix & coauthors in a new Asia-Pacific Economic History Review paper.
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The Shintō shrine Jōnangū (城南宮) in Kyōto, was a palace of Emperors from the beginning of the #Heian Period in 794. It has #gardens from different periods since then, and a patch of pink and white #plum blossoms around a big stone lantern is a most stunning sight to behold. Several years ago the head priest showed me around and explained the history in Japanese. Jōnangū is not well known to tourists, but it draws many reverent Japanese.
The third photo is of a teahouse and a reddish variety of plum blossoms. The last photo shows what my American friend whom I guided got: a seal written in #calligraphy by the shrine maiden (o-miko-san). Jōnangū is written down the center, with yesterday's date down the left side. The right side is what the shrine especially offers: houyoke - a #prayer to avoid obstacles or worries, such as with one's family. There is a great demand for such #blessings nowadays.
Rear view of the Jōnangū shrine plum blossoms and stone lantern
Teahouse and red plum blossoms
The American friend whom I guided got a stamp book and seal written in calligraphy by a shrine maiden (o-miko-san). Jōnangū is written down the center, with yesterday's date down the left side. The right side is what the shrine especially offers: houyoke - a prayer to avoid obstacles or worries, such as with one's family. There is great demand for such blessings nowadays.
#JAPAN: A MODEL FOR AN ALT-RIGHT ETHNO-STATE?
According to Japanese folklore, shapeshifting frog women known as kaeru nyōbō could take on human form in order to marry human men. Descriptions of these "frog brides" identified them as being noticeably shorter and more fragile than the average woman. #MythologyMonday
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Yang, A. (2021). The Rise of Nazism and Militarism: Economic Depression and the Rise of Nationalism in Germany and Japan. European Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1(3), 12–20. https://doi.org/10.24018/ejsocial.2021.1.3.14 #OpenAccess #OA #DOI #PDF #Essay #Militarism #Nazism #War #Japan #Germany #German #Japanese #History #Histodon #Histodons #Academia #Academic #Academics @histodon @histodons
I'm trying to sign up for men's #cooking #lessons here in #Japan to placate my busy #Japanese wife. While she was away, I made this cheese omelette; beginner's luck! A #community center has me on a waiting list, or I could spill for more upscale lessons. It is astonishing and unJapanese that single-person #households are approaching 40%. #Single #men of all ages have a poor #diet, which exacerbates the #lifespan gap with #women. #Loneliness is also a #health hazard. Many men are #widowed, never #married, or their #wives #divorce them, often after the children become independent and the husband is useless around the house after a busy career. Single men, or married men interested in cooking or helping their wives, possibly fearing their wives' pent-up anger, can find #companionship as well as #survival #skills in cooking lessons. Men's classes start from zero; women #cook and #socialize.
Kitano Tenmangū (北野天満宮) is a major Kyōto shrine dedicated to the scholarly aristocrat Sugawara no Michizane in 947. Similar to the exiled Emperor Sutoku, after he was wronged, disasters befell the Heian Period capital, so his believed-to-be vengeful ghost was propitiated, and he was deified into the Shintō kami Tenjin. This deity of learning attracts worshippers to thousands of subsidiary shrines nationwide, such as students wishing to pass entrance exams. Kitano Tenmangū is one of the best places for plum blossom viewing, with its national treasure architecture.
'The Mainichi', a Japanese newspaper in English, publish a haiku every day, submitted by poets from all over the world. Editor Dhugal J. Lindsay has selected the best haiku of 2023 and comments on them. For free pdf-file: 👇🏽
We were invited to an exciting #musical show in a venue near Kansai International Airport with 360° screens and sound. The #performance was by former #stars of the #Takarazuka Revue (宝塚歌劇団), a renowned #theater troupe where #women play all the roles in #musicals adapted from Western and Japanese #mythology, #folktales, movies, novels, and young women's comics.
1st photo: With family friends and staff who look a bit like anime or manga characters. My wife is second from the right.
2nd photo: The star came out from the stage and tapped me on the shoulder as she danced by.
3rd photo: Light show and #choreography.
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Zen Terror in Prewar Japan. Portrait of an Assassin by Brian Daizen Victoria
This is the third and final volume of meticulous research and engaging information presented by Brian Daizen Victoria, senior research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, about militaristic connections between Zen Buddhism and Japanese nationalism around and during the time of World War II.
Ningyoyaki at Kabuki Theater in Tokyo https://www.diningandcooking.com/1156808/ningyoyaki-at-kabuki-theater-in-tokyo/
Salmon Pressed Sushi https://www.diningandcooking.com/1155838/salmon-pressed-sushi/
First time making takoyaki, not pretty but was very yummy! https://www.diningandcooking.com/1155586/first-time-making-takoyaki-not-pretty-but-was-very-yummy/