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  Topic: The Imperial Court in the Age of the Shoguns?
Sima Qian

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PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:36 pm   Subject: The Imperial Court in the Age of the Shoguns?
Yes I know, the Kamakura officially ushered in what had been the already defacto decline of the importance of the Imperial Court. As an institution its often portrayed as a non-entity in the backdro ...
  Topic: Spanish/European Fencing in Japan?
Sima Qian

Replies: 2
Views: 4722

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:48 am   Subject: Spanish/European Fencing in Japan?
Not sure if this belongs in the Sengoku forum or the Edo forum, but a friend of mine who is really into Thai history dug up a few references to the great inter/intra conflicts between Thai Royal House ...
  Topic: jichinsai: the Groundbreaking Ceremony text?
Sima Qian

Replies: 0
Views: 3655

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 3:56 am   Subject: jichinsai: the Groundbreaking Ceremony text?
hey folks, its been a while.

going out on a limb here but i wanted to ask if anyone knew where i might be able to find a translation of the norito used during a very typical shinto ritual - namel ...
  Topic: Musashi-Seimei Shrine in Fukui Prefecture?
Sima Qian

Replies: 1
Views: 3632

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:49 am   Subject: Musashi-Seimei Shrine in Fukui Prefecture?
I was always under the impression that the last Onmyodo shrine in Japan was the one devoted to Abe No Seimei in Kyoto.

However, due a rather intriguing circumstance, i heard of another located in N ...
  Topic: Natsuhiko Kyogoku's Kyōgokudō series?
Sima Qian

Replies: 1
Views: 3376

PostForum: Japanese Entertainment   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:45 pm   Subject: Natsuhiko Kyogoku's Kyōgokudō series?
I was just wondering if anyone here was a fan of the Japanese mystery writer 京極 夏彦, author of the
Kyōgokudō(京極堂) Series?

I absolutely love mystery fiction of any sort, and a friend ...
  Topic: Empress Oyamatomeko Sumera?
Sima Qian

Replies: 3
Views: 4102

PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 6:01 pm   Subject: Empress Oyamatomeko Sumera?
Sorry Josh, I don't - i'm working of a fuzzy recording played by an acquaintance via long distance. I'll email him for more context since i'm rather curious at this point.

Though frankly i'd prefe ...
  Topic: Empress Oyamatomeko Sumera?
Sima Qian

Replies: 3
Views: 4102

PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:19 pm   Subject: Empress Oyamatomeko Sumera?
Oh boy, its been ages since i've been on.

Quick question to ye sages of Ancient Japanese History - does the name in the subject heading ring any bells?

I heard it in the context of a Norito, how ...
  Topic: 100 Tales Of Horror
Sima Qian

Replies: 10
Views: 7698

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:44 pm   Subject: 100 Tales Of Horror
I actually so this whole series online a while back, wasn't half bad at all.

But it seems to have disappeared completely into the depths of cyberspace.
  Topic: Neo-Confucianism in the Edo period?
Sima Qian

Replies: 6
Views: 6031

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:40 am   Subject: Neo-Confucianism in the Edo period?

I'm not an expert on this topic, but I have a great interest in the Neo-Cons from this era, so I'm happy to continue the discussion if anything I said here sounds off base.

Well, you probably kno ...
  Topic: Neo-Confucianism in the Edo period?
Sima Qian

Replies: 6
Views: 6031

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:20 pm   Subject: Neo-Confucianism in the Edo period?
Two questions for you all:

1.) It is generally acknowledged that Neo-Confucianism in China tended to side with the Zhu Xi interpretation of the Confucian Classics. His "Lixue" or School ...
  Topic: The History of Cults in Japan?
Sima Qian

Replies: 20
Views: 13775

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:22 pm   Subject: The History of Cults in Japan?
Thanks for the information regarding the 'Kakure Kirishitans' - that's a definitely interesting outgrowth. Fits the bill of "scapegoat social outcast" nicely enough.

There's another thi ...
  Topic: Anomalies and Natural Philosophy in Early Japan?
Sima Qian

Replies: 3
Views: 4614

PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:25 am   Subject: Anomalies and Natural Philosophy in Early Japan?
Actually i can't claim any credit for the hypothesis, i'm picking up on statements and articles written by those willing to venture into the Edo and Pre-Edo science like Shigeru Nakayama and James R. ...
  Topic: The History of Cults in Japan?
Sima Qian

Replies: 20
Views: 13775

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:57 pm   Subject: The History of Cults in Japan?
Or, we can take different stab at this - how about the other category, severe violation of social norms?

I submit for all of your inspection - the Strange Case of Tachikawa Ryu.

A heretical frin ...
  Topic: The History of Cults in Japan?
Sima Qian

Replies: 20
Views: 13775

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:43 pm   Subject: The History of Cults in Japan?
Ah but Ashigaru, i'm more interested not in the generalities of cult dynamics, but rather specific incidences where people have in fact violated the norms of society.

I'm asking about that which wo ...
  Topic: The History of Cults in Japan?
Sima Qian

Replies: 20
Views: 13775

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:45 am   Subject: The History of Cults in Japan?
Here's a topic i've always wanted to address - even though its rather broad.

For a society that generally is portrayed as being on the "cutting edge" of science and technology, many pe ...
  Topic: Classical Norito?
Sima Qian

Replies: 0
Views: 2894

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:51 am   Subject: Classical Norito?
I was wondering if anyone here could suggest a good book on the use of Norito in Shinto.

Perhaps even one with some translations? Very Happy
  Topic: Anomalies and Natural Philosophy in Early Japan?
Sima Qian

Replies: 3
Views: 4614

PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:47 am   Subject: Anomalies and Natural Philosophy in Early Japan?
A civilization's philosophical orientation tends to shape its assumptions about what can and cannot be known about the natural world. And perhaps one of the most critical questions to ask for philoso ...
  Topic: Medicine in the Edo Period
Sima Qian

Replies: 6
Views: 5930

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:47 pm   Subject: Medicine in the Edo Period
Wow, it feels like ages since the last time i've been here.

So i wanted to open a discussion about Medicine and Medical Traditions in the Edo period.

This is a bit of subject matter that i'm r ...
  Topic: Kaidan: Tales of the Strange from the Edo Period?
Sima Qian

Replies: 4
Views: 3676

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:35 pm   Subject: Kaidan: Tales of the Strange from the Edo Period?
Hey folks, consider this post a request and a question.

The question segment:

I wanted to make a very general inquiry regarding the origins of Kaidan art of storytelling during the Edo period. ...
  Topic: The "Strange Case" of Watarai Shinto - Defining a
Sima Qian

Replies: 3
Views: 4834

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:12 pm   Subject: The "Strange Case" of Watarai Shinto - Defining a
Hi JL,

Actually this was a friend of mine who answered and inquiry regarding the relationship between Shintoism and Buddhism. I think he took it from a volume entitled: "Watarai Shinto: An In ...
  Topic: The "Strange Case" of Watarai Shinto - Defining a
Sima Qian

Replies: 3
Views: 4834

PostForum: Japanese Art and Religion   Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:09 am   Subject: The "Strange Case" of Watarai Shinto - Defining a
In the year 1296, a great legal dispute between the Inner and Outer Shrines of Ise over the matter of adding "imperial" to a shrine's title, brought to light a previously unknown sophisticat ...
  Topic: Early Japanese Cosmological Thought?
Sima Qian

Replies: 4
Views: 4859

PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:01 am   Subject: Early Japanese Cosmological Thought?
Oh, i believe this particular rendition came from John S. Major's Heaven and Earth in Early Han Thought: Chapters 3,4,5 of the Huainanzi.

Thank you very much for the website - having a searchable c ...
  Topic: Early Japanese Cosmological Thought?
Sima Qian

Replies: 4
Views: 4859

PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:48 am   Subject: Early Japanese Cosmological Thought?
Hi everybody, had a question to raise to you all.

Recently i've been helping a friend out with a personal project when i came across an interesting passage in a book translating segments of the Hua ...
  Topic: The Beauty of Transience in Japanese entertainment?
Sima Qian

Replies: 4
Views: 4835

PostForum: Japanese Entertainment   Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:58 am   Subject: The Beauty of Transience in Japanese entertainment?
After a rough couple weeks in terms of scheduling and work, i decided to take a few days vacation and visit a few friends for some fun.

It was while hanging around that i was subjected to a concent ...
  Topic: Rise and Fall of the Fujiwara
Sima Qian

Replies: 48
Views: 41303

PostForum: Ancient Japan to Heian   Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 3:33 am   Subject: Rise and Fall of the Fujiwara
Very very interested. The clan has fascinated me especially in the structures/options it availed of itself to maintain political influence.

I'll try to participate as best i can - but won't be abl ...
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