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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Since my reading ability is less than stellar, is that statue based off anything factual or is it just an artistic representation?


The sculptor said he refered some historical texts.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The last Shinsengumi commander Soma Kazue's journal was found and will be displayed in Hino Shinsengumi museum next year.

But No confirmed source.
I picked it up from this blog.
http://funnyaranya.blog.shinobi.jp/Entry/112/

The museum displayed Yamazaki Susumu's journal 2(3?) years ago but they don't publish yet.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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That is awesome. Out of curiosity, since you might know this, what is his estimated height?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The statue is about 90cm height.(3 feet)
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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That is rather small. How tall was he?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I think Yagi Tamesaburo described Okita was tall but there was no specific measurements.

This site estimates Okita was 173cm.(5ft8in)
http://homepage3.nifty.com/ht/sakusaku/8_1.htm
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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That does seem rather tall. I would have figured him to be at least 3 inches shorter.
I will have to add that museum to my list of places to see when I manage to make it over there.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 7:58 pm    Post subject: The "jōi" room Reply with quote
This is about the place where Komei in 1863 told Shogun Iemochi to proceed with plans to enact "jōi" (expulsion of the foreigners)

Shrine to open room used by emperor
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Shimogamo Shrine in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will for the first time open to the public a room in which Emperor Komei (1831-1866) made an invocation in 1863 to keep the nation closed to foreigners.

The 12-tatami room, known as Shinpukuden, was built in 1628 and is a designated important cultural asset. Shinpukuden was originally established to tailor garments for priests when the shrine's main hall was remodeled in 1628.

When a fire broke out at Kyoto Imperial Palace in 1854, the Emperor Komei took refuge in the room. He then composed a song there expressing his relief that the three sacred treasures of the Imperial family had escaped damage.

After the U.S. East India Squadron, commanded by Commodore Matthew Perry, arrived in present day Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, in 1853, opening the secluded nation to the world for the first time in over 200 years, Japan began feeling anxious about the future, and small conflicts erupted between them and foreigners.

Under these turbulent conditions, Emperor Komei visited the shrine in 1863 with Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi in hopes of keeping the nation secluded.

It was the first time in about 240 years that an emperor had made an official visit to the shrine. During his visit, the emperor rested in the room and also made the invocation.

From Nov. 1 to 11, a cushion known as Oshitone will be displayed in the center of the room to reproduce the emperor's throne.

Golden candlesticks, a desk and rolling blinds will also decorate the room to recreate its original atmosphere.

Yoshinao Shimizu, a Shinto priest of the shrine, hopes visitors will gain a sense of the turbulent late-Edo period (1603-1867).

(Oct. 11, 2007)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Fushimi castle was repainted to be Osaka castle in Sengoku period for filming a Jidaigeki.
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071023-00000021-kyt-l26
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Admiral Perry's letters(1853) found.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/news/20071025i506.htm

On the letter, he was bad mouthing Duthces in Japan, he was planning bombing on Edo in next visit.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Admiral Perry's letters(1853) found.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/news/20071025i506.htm

On the letter, he was bad mouthing Duthces in Japan, he was planning bombing on Edo in next visit.


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A recently rediscovered letter written by U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry to the head of the U.S. Navy a month after Perry made port in Japan in 1853 shows Perry's irritation with the Dutch during negotiations with the shogunate government.

The letter also shows Perry's own interpretation of Japanese class structure.

Perry headed the U.S. expedition that eventually forced the Tokugawa shogunate to open the country to the West. In the letter, he expressed irritation with the Dutch in Japan.

The seven-page letter, dated Aug. 3, 1853, and addressed to U.S. Secretary of the Navy James Dobbin, was dictated by Perry to his assistant while on board the U.S. steam frigate Susquehanna as it headed to Hong Kong from Okinawa, one month after Perry's fleet entered the harbor of Uraga, currently a part of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Koichi Imazu, a 66-year-old historian in Yokohama, found the letter at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, where it has been kept as a classified document. The letter is expected to shed light on Japan's diplomatic history at the end of the Edo period (1603-1867), experts said.

The letter was written around the time the U.S. government requested the Dutch government cooperate with Perry and his mission.

In the letter, Perry gave his reasons why he started negotiating with the shogunate against the U.S. government's policy of using the Dutch as intermediaries in Nagasaki, stating that he could not trust the Dutch, who he thought were trying to flatter the shogunate.

He also wrote that if he had visited Nagasaki, he would have been unable to evade Dutch interference.

There have been two known primary sources publicly available concerning Perry's expedition to Japan--"Narrative of the expedition of an squadron to the China Seas and Japan, performed in the years 1852, 1853, and 1854, under the command of Commodore M.C. Perry," which was compiled by a third party from the notes and journals of Perry and his officers, and a report to the U.S. Senate, comprising the letters Perry sent to the U.S. Navy chief.

Although it was known there were other classified documents concerning Perry's expedition, the whereabouts of the documents had long remained unknown.

Perry also wrote that people in Japanese society could be classified into four ranks. According to his observation, the Imperial family and the Tokugawa family members belonged to the first-ranked group, followed by academics, who filled the ranks of senior officials, and priests. Whereas he classified merchants, spies and soldiers into the second-lowest group, the working class was ranked lowest. Perry thought that samurai warriors were distributed from the first to the third groups.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Sakamot Ryoma's height was 169cm according to recent research by an anatomy expert.
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071106-00000005-sph-soci

From the article, Takeda Shingen was 162cm, Yodo was 168cm.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hokkaido is planning Enomoto Takeaki memorial events next year.
http://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/news/culture/62875.html
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
shikisoku,

That should be interesting. I wonder if they are going to bring out the "replica" of the 甲鉄艦.

http://www.doblog.com/weblog/myblog/17136/1553183#1553183


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
The events start next June so I don't think they have enough time to make it. (and not enough budget)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
"Sketches of Japanese manners and customs"(1867) was released at Doshisha digital archives.
http://elib.doshisha.ac.jp/japanese/digital/yosyo.html
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
fantastic link, shiki, thanks for posting it. The sketches are great, so vivid and detailed. A great resource.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:44 pm    Post subject: Asahi Shinbun - no kimono for Saigo statue Reply with quote
Plans to clothe Saigo Takamori statue in a kimono for his 180th birthday are cancelled.

http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200712150073.html
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The posts about a descendant of the Tokugawa-Matsudaira being on welfare have been moved to the Modern Japan forum.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
A consumer credit loan company registrated "Yoshida Shoin" "Takasugi Shinsaku""Katsura Kogoro" as trademarks.
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20080218-00000041-yom-soci
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
The Sakuradamon Incident movie?
People in Mito formed "Citizens to support making the Sakuradamon Inciden movie" party.
The filming will start this summer.
http://www.ibaraki-np.co.jp/47news/20080304_05.htm


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Aizu Vs Choshu "Yakitori Boshin War"

Currently Yamaguchi(Choshu) has the longest Yakitori(Chicken BBQ) record in Japan.
And now Aizu declared to take over the record.

http://www.nikkei.co.jp/news/retto/20080306c3b0604706.html
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Sankei Shimbun March 8.
"Walking in Tama" series, Hijikata and Tama.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Aizu won the Yakitori Boshin war.
http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=soc_30&k=2008041300121
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Bakumatsu Ikemen Game "Hakuouki" PS2
http://www.famitsu.com/game/coming/1214299_1407.html

Dating game?
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