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  Topic: Question about how tea is served outside tea ceremony
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 12
Views: 3028

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:39 am   Subject: Question about how tea is served outside tea ceremony
Or you can check out the Omotesenke School's official website and read about the spread of drinking tea around the world and the history of it in Japan.
http://www.omotesenke.jp/english/list1/
  Topic: Question on the Imjin war .
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 19
Views: 6542

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:47 am   Subject: Question on the Imjin war .
Also, I'll be in Mikawa on the 1st of Feb, so we'll talk via other means to set up some hoppy and teba at Yama-chan! I still gotta get you to come out with me in Higashi-Okazaki again.

Definitely! ...
  Topic: Question on the Imjin war .
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 19
Views: 6542

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:13 am   Subject: Question on the Imjin war .
I read it on the Shinkansen this evening and while an interesting read with some very good observations and stinging commentary, Nam Lin-Hur had me squirming in my seat very early in to it. That's bec ...
  Topic: The Araimachi Sekisho (aka the Arai Barrier)
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 5
Views: 3318

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:30 pm   Subject: The Araimachi Sekisho (aka the Arai Barrier)
Hey Obenjo, next time we're in Oku-Mikawa, I think we need to take a trip!

Seriously if things work out I'll be in Okazaki again in March if my trip gets approved, so thanks JL and Ameth for this i ...
  Topic: New Sekigahara book
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 41
Views: 14478

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:30 pm   Subject: New Sekigahara book
Yes, because as WE ALL KNOW, whether you're reading the Shinchoki or the Shinchokoki, the numbers mentioned (3000 or 1000) only refer to a selected group, and aren't a statement of total numbers of s ...
  Topic: Kyoto: An Urban History of Japan’s Premodern Capital
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 7
Views: 2883

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:24 pm   Subject: Kyoto: An Urban History of Japan’s Premodern Capital
Would love to read about Nobunaga and Yoshiaki on Nijo Castle. By the way, Nobunaga historian Taniguchi Katsuhiro has a new book out on the relationship between Nobunaga and Ashikaga Yoshiaki.Doesn't ...
  Topic: New Sekigahara book
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 41
Views: 14478

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:50 am   Subject: New Sekigahara book
Here is Chris G's post on Facebook yesterday regarding the use of firearms. Start your engines...

Firearms! Tanegashima, Teppo, Hinawaju.

The guns used by the samurai were matchlock weapons kno ...
  Topic: New Sekigahara book
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 41
Views: 14478

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:16 pm   Subject: New Sekigahara book
Chris Glenn is probably unwittingly the torch bearer for the fine Turnbull tradition of propagating sammyrai history based on myths. The scholarship issues are another story all together. It's apparen ...
  Topic: Samurai Revolution: Romulus Hillsborough's New Book
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 17
Views: 6045

PostForum: The Bakumatsu to Meiji   Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:37 pm   Subject: Samurai Revolution: Romulus Hillsborough's New Book
Hilly's biases shine through despite his best efforts to suppress them early on. If Ryôma was Hilly's love letter to his hero, then so his new book is a public display of affection for his lover, K ...
  Topic: Oda Nobunaga Redux
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 244
Views: 129634

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:21 am   Subject: Oda Nobunaga Redux
Or Nobunaga acid reflux?
  Topic: How common was horse armor in the Sengoku era?
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 26
Views: 7891

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:20 pm   Subject: How common was horse armor in the Sengoku era?
Sorry, but it still isn't passing my smell test. You won't find it in any part of the Osaka Siege screens because again, it is impractical for combat situations. It was only practical for Edo period d ...
  Topic: Oda Nobunaga Redux
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 244
Views: 129634

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:51 am   Subject: A need to protect Chosokabe Motochika made Mitsuhide do it?
Well, well, well. A Shikoku motive for Mitsuhide's treachery? http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140624p2a00m0na016000c.html
  Topic: How common was horse armor in the Sengoku era?
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 26
Views: 7891

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:45 am   Subject: How common was horse armor in the Sengoku era?
No clue what he is referencing. But to put armor on a wee little pot-bellied, short-legged pony that had stamina to charge a distance shorter than Homer Simpson sprinting towards a doughnut shop, make ...
  Topic: Oda Nobunaga as Demon Lord: Fact or Fiction?
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 10
Views: 2672

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:05 pm   Subject: Oda Nobunaga as Demon Lord: Fact or Fiction?
Oh, no! Henrietta!!! The mere mention of that name almost made me up chuck my breakfast!
  Topic: Any recs on Hideyoshi bOoks aside from Berry's?
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 5
Views: 1997

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:07 pm   Subject: Any recs on Hideyoshi bOoks aside from Berry's?
Morgan Pitelka is working on an Ieyasu book. That is what he tweeted to Rekishi no Tabi.
  Topic: Banquets in the Sengoku era?
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 17
Views: 4455

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 2:06 am   Subject: Banquets in the Sengoku era?
What? No Tenka Fuburgers?
  Topic: Samurai Revolution: Romulus Hillsborough's New Book
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 17
Views: 6045

PostForum: The Bakumatsu to Meiji   Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:20 am   Subject: Samurai Revolution: Romulus Hillsborough's New Book
I'm feeling driven by a propensity to kill and a will to power as well as a desire to clean up Japan and slam my fist on tables!
  Topic: Samurai Revolution: Romulus Hillsborough's New Book
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 17
Views: 6045

PostForum: The Bakumatsu to Meiji   Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:11 pm   Subject: Samurai Revolution: Romulus Hillsborough's New Book
I've ordered a copy as well, but Beasley is still "da man" until proven otherwise. Beasley's book on the Meiji Restoration has been by far the best volume in English available. <Slams fi ...
  Topic: Anthony Bryant
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 8
Views: 3393

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:59 pm   Subject: Anthony Bryant
If you use Google's Chrome browser, simply go to Tony's site. Then, in the options under "save as" you can save the entire site to your hard drive. Using Chrome or any other browser can then ...
  Topic: Prof Vaporis's New Book: Voices of Early Modern Japan
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 5
Views: 3633

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:03 pm   Subject: Prof Vaporis's New Book: Voices of Early Modern Japan
Voices of Early Modern Japan is indeed a very good collection both translated resources that cover just about every aspect of Edo period life and culture. I highly value the work Prof Vaporis has done ...
  Topic: Unsung Heroes: The Shimazu of Kyushu
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 11
Views: 3656

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:48 pm   Subject: Unsung Heroes: The Shimazu of Kyushu
Agree with Meth. The Shimazu get tons of attention and figure prominently in sengoku publications. There is a lot out there, particularly in Japanese, about the three main late sengoku period Shimazu ...
  Topic: Pre-WWII Japanese, to include premodern
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 24
Views: 9260

PostForum: Japanese Language   Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:33 pm   Subject: Pre-WWII Japanese, to include premodern
These books may be of help. I was pointed to them in case I ever got serious about trying to decipher actual texts.

http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/aw/d/4490103336/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?qid=1327079985&am ...
  Topic: Yae no Sakura 2013 Taiga Drama
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 78
Views: 31890

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:27 am   Subject: Yae no Sakura 2013 Taiga Drama
He may also be an epic Okinawan leftist! Crazy
  Topic: New Sekigahara book
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 41
Views: 14478

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:45 pm   Subject: New Sekigahara book
Sorry, just have been super busy with work and that's the main reason for my few and far between posts these last couple of years. But yes, I was in the hospital for an ear infection which took a bad ...
  Topic: New Sekigahara book
Obenjo Kusanosuke

Replies: 41
Views: 14478

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:38 pm   Subject: New Sekigahara book
While I was in my hospital bed watching Kanteidan Nandemo Otakara the other night, the author of this Sekigahara book, Chris Glenn, was on having an Edo period suit of armor appraised. It was valued o ...
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