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  Topic: More about Yamamoto Yae
onnamusha

Replies: 39
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PostForum: The Bakumatsu to Meiji   Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:42 pm   Subject: More about Yamamoto Yae

Hmmm...Not disputing that many Aizu people played some important roles in Meiji period society, but there were still numerous (and hard) bamboo ceilings. In my opinion, there were basically three or ...
  Topic: Why Sakamoto Ryoma Now? Symposium
onnamusha

Replies: 16
Views: 7852

PostForum: The Bakumatsu to Meiji   Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:18 am   Subject: Why Sakamoto Ryoma Now? Symposium
I had an abortive conspiracy theory short story awhile back that posited a complicated series of events leading to the survival of both Ryoma and Nakaoka Shintaro, and, in that scenario, Ryoma, being ...
  Topic: Thomas Blake Glover
onnamusha

Replies: 9
Views: 6245

PostForum: The Bakumatsu to Meiji   Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:32 pm   Subject: Thomas Blake Glover
Not a lot of people know this, but his moustache deserves most of the credit for his achievements.

http://img-i.zeebox.com/images/webanxexplorers1ep4.jpg
Egads! You're right! Iwasaki Yataro's must ...
  Topic: Thomas Blake Glover
onnamusha

Replies: 9
Views: 6245

PostForum: The Bakumatsu to Meiji   Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:53 am   Subject: Thomas Blake Glover
Thanks so much for sharing this link!

Sadly, there are just way too many historical inaccuracies or misunderstandings here... <snip> They really should have consulted a real historian... Ala ...
  Topic: Thomas Blake Glover
onnamusha

Replies: 9
Views: 6245

PostForum: The Bakumatsu to Meiji   Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:52 am   Subject: Thomas Blake Glover
Ach! How did I miss this one? I've got it loading on youtube so I can relax with my afternoon coffee and a lovely BBC documentary (it's one of my guilty pleasures). Cheers, y'all!
  Topic: 7th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest
onnamusha

Replies: 14
Views: 8795

PostForum: Oshirase   Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:43 am   Subject: 7th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest
Congrats, Onna. How many times have you won now? Thanks, Tatsu, Talos, John and Sedonia too! (Did I leave anyone out?) I'm interested to read the other stories too. I've won a few times, and I came in ...
  Topic: 7th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest
onnamusha

Replies: 14
Views: 8795

PostForum: Oshirase   Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:19 pm   Subject: 7th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest
I'd advise everyone to start thinking/writing now. The extent of procrastination I see every year is stunning Just Kidding That's good advice! I turned my story in on the last day, but not due to procrastinati ...
  Topic: 7th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest
onnamusha

Replies: 14
Views: 8795

PostForum: Oshirase   Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:05 am   Subject: 7th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest
Congratulations, onnamusha Two thumbs up looking forward to reading it Very Happy Thanks, heron! There's a Bukowski quote that kind of describes how hard it has been to write lately, so I hope the story m ...
  Topic: The Samurai Archives Podcast
onnamusha

Replies: 78
Views: 36627

PostForum: Oshirase   Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:12 pm   Subject: The Samurai Archives Podcast


Hiraga Gennai was born into a low-ranking samurai family in Takamatsu han (today Kagawa prefecture). He became head of the Shiraishi family upon his father's death (Hiraga is a pseudonym - Shirais ...
  Topic: 7th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest
onnamusha

Replies: 14
Views: 8795

PostForum: Oshirase   Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:04 pm   Subject: 7th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest
AAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the winner is:



"Inu Chushingura, or the Tale of the 47 Loyal Dog Retainers" by OnnaMusha.

There were only 4 stories this year, so the judges decided to choo ...
  Topic: Barbie Katana
onnamusha

Replies: 4
Views: 4729

PostForum: Arms and Armor   Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:37 am   Subject: Barbie Katana
I saw recent Tattoo barbie picture.
No wonder why parents freaked out because the Tattoo was Yakuza Tattoo.Not sure if this is actually Barbie, but perhaps one of her yakuza pals:
http://28.media.tu ...
  Topic: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
onnamusha

Replies: 138
Views: 81295

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:17 pm   Subject: 47 Ronin: justified avengers or murderers?
And speaking of 47 Ronin buffoonery, I just received Laura Joh Rowland's "The Ronin's Mistress", the 15th (!) book in her Sano Ichiro mystery series. She has Sano investigating the cause of ...
  Topic: What if the Meiji restoration never happened?
onnamusha

Replies: 13
Views: 8459

PostForum: The Bakumatsu to Meiji   Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 4:09 am   Subject: What if the Meiji restoration never happened?
I think these things really depend on what other foreign powers did, and how international events developed.

As for the outcome, well, that depends on whether our hypothetical unfallen shogunate bo ...
  Topic: Jin 2
onnamusha

Replies: 10
Views: 5577

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:31 pm   Subject: Jin 2
You can find "Jin II" on eBay right now; from the seller who says, "with GOOD English subs!" Wink
Subs are quite acceptable and the price was $27.50; shipping from the Far Sid ...
  Topic: The Challenge (1982) Samurai Film?
onnamusha

Replies: 14
Views: 7206

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:28 pm   Subject: The Challenge (1982) Samurai Film?


They had cable in the dark ages? You forget, I'm in Tennessee. We're STILL in the Dark Ages. Heck it was only about 5 years ago we stopped pumpin' water from the creek and got a line in. We wake u ...
  Topic: Jin 2
onnamusha

Replies: 10
Views: 5577

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:08 am   Subject: Jin 2
I watched the first series that was fansubbed; I would really love to see this one. I guess it is a race; can I learn Japanese before they fansub this one? I agree on Ryoma; Uchino Masaaki is brillian ...
  Topic: SEPPUKU aka HARA KIRI -- incredible film
onnamusha

Replies: 47
Views: 30089

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:55 am   Subject: SEPPUKU aka HARA KIRI -- incredible film
This guy didn't like it much: http://tinyurl.com/3obpwbp I was amused to see Eita (Komatsu Tatewaki from "Atsuhime") appears in the role of Chijiwa Motome. His self-conscious nervous chuck ...
  Topic: Help With Movie Name
onnamusha

Replies: 6
Views: 4051

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:41 am   Subject: Re: Nagashino
It has to be either Kagemusha or this 1963 movie titled ....whoops braindead!!! title is something like River of ???.

I cant remember the exact name but their is a 1963 movie something like River ...
  Topic: The Challenge (1982) Samurai Film?
onnamusha

Replies: 14
Views: 7206

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:35 am   Subject: The Challenge (1982) Samurai Film?
I saw this film many years ago, and the only scene I can remember is a security camera suddenly filling with the image of a screaming, sword-wielding Mifune, perhaps a corporate security guy's worst n ...
  Topic: Is this what Kurosawa had in mind?
onnamusha

Replies: 3
Views: 2143

PostForum: The Samurai Film   Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:28 am   Subject: Is this what Kurosawa had in mind?
That's just lovely! Laughing Washizu is a fertile subject for parody indeed! http://youtu.be/jcw6sIOCXHA (it helps if you've seen the myriad parodies of "Downfall.")
  Topic: Oda Nobunaga Redux
onnamusha

Replies: 244
Views: 136857

PostForum: Samurai History - Kamakura to Sengoku   Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:05 am   Subject: Oda Nobunaga Redux
For those of us who are Japanese language-impaired, I found an English version of the Nobunaga scroll story on Yomiuri online: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/features/culture/T110613004440.htm . It is fu ...
  Topic: WINNERS of the 6th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest
onnamusha

Replies: 19
Views: 11895

PostForum: Oshirase   Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:21 am   Subject: WINNERS of the 6th Annual Samurai Fiction Contest
Nice illustration, Matsuhide! Smile
  Topic: Samurai in Satsuma
onnamusha

Replies: 19
Views: 13168

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:00 pm   Subject: Samurai in Satsuma
By the way being tozama does not mean they were on the losing side at Sekihara, though one often sees this stated. The Hosokawa, Date, Maeda, and Yamanouchi were all major tozama daimyo that fought fo ...
  Topic: Samurai in Satsuma
onnamusha

Replies: 19
Views: 13168

PostForum: The Edo Period   Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:52 am   Subject: Samurai in Satsuma
Might be that the specific geographical position of Satsuma forced the central government to allow a certain diversity in social administration and organization to be sure to have the highest possible ...
  Topic: Aizu & Shônai seek Prussian help
onnamusha

Replies: 14
Views: 10836

PostForum: The Bakumatsu to Meiji   Posted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:37 am   Subject: Aizu & Shônai seek Prussian help
The "as well" in the translation modifies the whole previous sentence, not "southern islands." (I thought like you at first.)
The Japanese reads 「会津・庄内の大名から ...
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