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  Topic: Question about how tea is served outside tea ceremony
Graculus

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PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:14 pm   Subject: Question about how tea is served outside tea ceremony
I'm no tea otaku, but while mugicha (which doesn't have any 'tea' in it) has been around since at least the Heian period, houjicha and genmaicha are relatively new – both of them were apparently cre ...
  Topic: Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Barbieri-Mueller Collection
Graculus

Replies: 4
Views: 3887

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:32 pm   Subject: Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Barbieri-Mueller Collection
Thanks,

That was what I was hoping for…especially the picture of the explanation.
If the NBTHK has certified it as being authentic, I guess it is.

I will get in touch with the owners and see ...
  Topic: Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Barbieri-Mueller Collection
Graculus

Replies: 4
Views: 3887

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:44 pm   Subject: Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Barbieri-Mueller Collection
Nice pictures - thanks.

You don't have any more information (or a larger picture) on the menuki by Musashi in your picture do you?

I'm wondering about the attribution to Musashi - I haven't seen ...
  Topic: Is this photo of Saigo and Katsu Kaishu new to you?
Graculus

Replies: 4
Views: 7066

PostForum: The Bakumatsu to Meiji   Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:57 am   Subject: Is this photo of Saigo and Katsu Kaishu new to you?
I'm not aware of any verified photos of Saigo - the most famous image of him is generally reckoned to be a put together job – so if this is actually him, I would think it is quite a find. However, I ...
  Topic: Books by Roald Knutsen
Graculus

Replies: 18
Views: 19062

PostForum: Martial Arts   Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:16 pm   Subject: Books by Roald Knutsen
It's been more than ten years since I read the book, so I can't remember the details, but somewhere in the mix of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Japan's native mountain worship plus Shinto, Onmyod ...
  Topic: Books by Roald Knutsen
Graculus

Replies: 18
Views: 19062

PostForum: Martial Arts   Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:37 pm   Subject: Books by Roald Knutsen
Whether or not you agree with Knutsen's ideas, he's certainly nothing to do with ninja groupies.

His argument, as best I remember it, is that a tribal group, possibly with a shamanic role, crossed ...
  Topic: Books by Roald Knutsen
Graculus

Replies: 18
Views: 19062

PostForum: Martial Arts   Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:41 pm   Subject: Books by Roald Knutsen
Yes, I think so. He argues in another work (Rediscovering Budo, I think) that myths of the tengu grew up around traditions of yamabushi who originally came over in one of the waves of immigration/inva ...
  Topic: Books by Roald Knutsen
Graculus

Replies: 18
Views: 19062

PostForum: Martial Arts   Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:08 pm   Subject: Books by Roald Knutsen
I have the book, and I like it, but I'm not sure how to judge the research. It contains quite a lot of insights and discussion, and these are quite illuminating, but it doesn't really discuss warfare ...
  Topic: Tetsuya Noguchi: The way of the Chanel samurai
Graculus

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:22 am   Subject: Tetsuya Noguchi: The way of the Chanel samurai
I just saw this exhibition in Kyoto (Oyamazaki, actually), where it has moved to. Very good – witty, and craftsmanship of a very high order.

If you are in the area, you should go and have a look. ...
  Topic: Renagade Ninja's aka Death Of A Shogun .
Graculus

Replies: 5
Views: 5023

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:36 am   Subject: Renagade Ninja's aka Death Of A Shogun .
Amazingly, Unforgiven has opened here in the UK and received good reviews over the past week.

Fingers crossed, I might actually get to see it.
  Topic: Historic Japanese chest fetches 7.3 mln euros at French sale
Graculus

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PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:35 am   Subject: Historic Japanese chest fetches 7.3 mln euros at French sale
It certainly seems the base of the one just sold is a French addition, as Glyre noted.

The one on display at the Toshiba Gallery in the V&A in London is probably better known. There is quite a ...
  Topic: Yae no Sakura 2013 Taiga Drama
Graculus

Replies: 78
Views: 53051

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:10 pm   Subject: Yae no Sakura 2013 Taiga Drama
I second that, being an old Kyotoite. It makes a change to get the Aizu view, and I think the casting is pretty good, too.

Plus, that's a really cool dojo that Yae's family has, although I'm not s ...
  Topic: Child of Vengeance Novel
Graculus

Replies: 2
Views: 3966

PostForum: Japanese Entertainment   Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 5:39 am   Subject: Child of Vengeance Novel
I haven't read it either, but the author does actually live in Japan, and that has to be a start.

Actually, I will try and get my hands on a copy and let you know what it's like.

graculus
www. ...
  Topic: What was the metaphysical mindset of the Edo jidai?
Graculus

Replies: 12
Views: 10056

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:09 am   Subject: What was the metaphysical mindset of the Edo jidai?
Hi Harry JJ,

Yes, you're right - this is something that I'm quite interested in.

My comment was chiefly referring to modern works - a whole generation seemed to have fallen under DT Suzuki's spe ...
  Topic: What was the metaphysical mindset of the Edo jidai?
Graculus

Replies: 12
Views: 10056

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:24 am   Subject: What was the metaphysical mindset of the Edo jidai?
With reference to the spiritual bases of budo/bujutsu, there has been much written, and not all of it is very good.

You can trust Karl Friday, but recently his thrust has been that there was always ...
  Topic: Books by Roald Knutsen
Graculus

Replies: 18
Views: 19062

PostForum: Martial Arts   Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:28 am   Subject: Books by Roald Knutsen
I have read several of Mr Knutsen's books. He is certainly well qualified in kendo, and was the head of the British Kendo Renmei (maybe he still is) (based in the Lewes & Brighton area of the UK) ...
  Topic: Grand Samurai Armor Exhibition in Kyoto 11-13 November
Graculus

Replies: 3
Views: 3810

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:35 am   Subject: Grand Samurai Armor Exhibition in Kyoto 11-13 November
I will see what I can do... but no promises.

Graculus
http://ichijoji.blogspot.com
  Topic: Hisao Fuji's blog
Graculus

Replies: 2
Views: 2486

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:18 am   Subject: Hisao Fuji's blog
His reconstruction of the Sanada-maru at the Siege of Osaka is interesting - significantly different from every other rendition of it I've seen ... and it might explain why the Tokugawa forces couldn' ...
  Topic: Shimada Bijutsukan Kumamoto
Graculus

Replies: 0
Views: 3253

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:08 am   Subject: Shimada Bijutsukan Kumamoto
Just another heads up for something that some of you might find interesting.

I've just put up a post about Shimada Bijutsukan in Kumamoto that I visited last week. It's the home to what is probably ...
  Topic: The use of shields and what form they took
Graculus

Replies: 3
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PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:57 pm   Subject: The use of shields and what form they took
Yes, they had large, not very mobile 'shields', similar to the pavisse used in medieval Europe by crossbowmen etc.

To see a picture, go here:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d7/Sam ...
  Topic: Musashi's Monkey Origane
Graculus

Replies: 0
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PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:35 am   Subject: Musashi's Monkey Origane
Yes, that's origane, not origami.

For all who are interested in that kind of thing, I have put up a couple of blog posts about Miyamoto Musashi's origane (part of the koshirae or sword furniture) o ...
  Topic: Asakura Yoshikage's shakuhachi
Graculus

Replies: 1
Views: 2071

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:23 am   Subject: Asakura Yoshikage's shakuhachi
Great link!

It's amazing the things they have managed to keep intact, given the natural disasters and fires the country has suffered throughout its history.

I remember an interesting programme a ...
  Topic: Sakuradamongai no Hen
Graculus

Replies: 37
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PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:36 am   Subject: Sakuradamongai no Hen
I must admit that I was pretty close to nodding off when I saw it.

I think I will give Sayazamurai a miss and hold out for Nobou no Shiro. Kogawa no Hotori may be worth a look, but Sengoku Basara: ...
  Topic: Harakiri Remake....in 3D?
Graculus

Replies: 115
Views: 82602

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 1:46 am   Subject: Harakiri Remake....in 3D?
I've seen both of these films (and the original 13 nin no Shikaku to boot) and put a review of them on my blog, if you're interested.
am looking forward to the Miike's Ichi Mei, as well as a couple o ...
  Topic: Harakiri Remake....in 3D?
Graculus

Replies: 115
Views: 82602

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:58 am   Subject: Harakiri Remake....in 3D?
If you want to check out what Ebizo looks like, take a look at some of the publicity for this year's Cannes Film Festival: Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei is the Japanese title) is the first 3 ...
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