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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:36 pm    Post subject: More about Yamamoto Yae Reply with quote
Last summer, there were a series of posts about the 2013 NHK Taiga Drama series, Sakura no Yae on the life of Yamamoto Yae. I have found more information on her.

First, there is a short article from the Presbyterian Church (USA) about Yamamoto Yae, who fought in the Boshin War, became a Christian, married Japan's first ordained minister Niijima Jo (Joseph Hardy Neesima)and assisted him in founding Doishisha University in Kyoto. Later she was decorated for her contributions as a nurse in the Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War.

http://www.pcusa.org/news/2011/8/11/pioneering-japanese-protestant-be-portrayed-tv-ser/?c=10616


Second, there is an e-book of the Life and Letters of Joseph Hardy Neesima by Arthur Sherburne Hardy, published in 1891, which is the most informative book on Niijima Jo. Hardy was the son of Niijima's benefactor. Yae first appears on page 202, when they become engaged in 1875.

http://www.archive.org/stream/lifelettersofjos00hardiala#page/202/mode/1up

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:49 pm    Post subject: Yamamoto Yae Reply with quote
Here are two images of Yamamoto Yae. The first is a drawing and the second is a photograph:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Niijima_Yae

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Many thanks for posting this! I'm greatly looking forward of course to the Taiga.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Good to hear from you, Owarikenshi.

Yamamoto Yae lived a long life from 1845 – 1932 (from Edo to Showa). The fact that she lived such different roles as a gunnery trooper in the Boshin War, a teacher, the wife of Pastor Niijima, and a nurse in two more wars means that there should be enough life history for a Taiga drama.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Given all you said about Yae's long and interesting life, I hope they cover all of her roles and accomplishments in the series.

Given the almost unbelieveable pace of societal change that took place at that time, her life is a particularly good exemplar of the things that suddenly became possible.

It's amazing to think of the people of Tokugawa Yoshinobu's generation, who rode on palanquins and trains in the same lifetime!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Can someone move this thread to Bakumatsu?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:53 pm    Post subject: Yamamoto Yae Reply with quote
I forget the actress name she was in Ichi but she looks nothing like the real Yae .

That's neither here nor there really ,I think this Taiga will be really awful and going by NHK's recent output they will toss history aside and present Yae as an overbearing busy body who helps people in need .

If you have ever seen some of their breakfast dramas than you will have a good idea of how this will turn out .
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The actress who plays Niijima Yae is Awase Haruka. Though she's better looking than Yae was, it will be hard for her to portray Yae's courage, spunk and spirit!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
2013 NHK DRAMA Sakura no Yae

NHK spotlights gunslinging daughter of the north for yearlong Sunday Drama

Tell me what you think of the new Taiga Drama


Happy New Year!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Can't wait to see it--unfortunately, in my case I'll have to wait until it's available through the "usual channels." Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:26 pm    Post subject: More on Yae. Reply with quote
Myself as well i guess .
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well, there's a lot of hype about hope in this series.
Recently, I've been reading how quite a few of the movers in Meiji were those who were originally from Aizu-Wakamatsu and obviously on the wrong side of the Restoration. Meiji was a good time for second chances in life.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
WL since you are in SF area, channel 38.4 shows Kiyomori each Sunday two times. 630pm and then again at 1030pm... need rabbit ears, but even if you have cable/dish/etc.. just plug them into your coaxial outlet (assuming you have hmdi connection for HD programming) and there you have it... (10 bucks at Radio Shack, 5 bucks for cheapo ones on ebay).. and you have your weekly Taiga with good subs.

I like the Kiyomori Taiga.... currently on episode 40 or so, so, offset by about 2 months from Japan's programming...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hosokawa Gracia wrote:

Recently, I've been reading how quite a few of the movers in Meiji were those who were originally from Aizu-Wakamatsu and obviously on the wrong side of the Restoration. Meiji was a good time for second chances in life.


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 four tiers of movers and shakers during the Meiji period. Sat-Cho dominated the top tier, the second was for peeps from Tosa and other pro-restoration han. The third tier was for everybody else, including 'normal' people from Aizu. The 4th tier was for people who were on the wrong side of the restoration and to what extent they were 'officially' rehabilitated by the Meiji government. Even with these tiers, it was possible to be a mover and a shaker, but certain bamboo ceilings were quite difficult to penetrate.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Here's an awesome preview I just found--looks really good!

http://aramatheydidnt.livejournal.com/4545054.html
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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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 four tiers of movers and shakers during the Meiji period. Sat-Cho dominated the top tier, the second was for peeps from Tosa and other pro-restoration han. The third tier was for everybody else, including 'normal' people from Aizu. The 4th tier was for people who were on the wrong side of the restoration and to what extent they were 'officially' rehabilitated by the Meiji government. Even with these tiers, it was possible to be a mover and a shaker, but certain bamboo ceilings were quite difficult to penetrate.

I thought the Yamakawa family did ok, and also Enomoto Takeaki, who was the leader of a whole different country (for a very short time) did superbly in the Meiji hierarchy. I know he didn't originate in Aizu but he was certainly an enemy combatant and major end-times figure for the Tokugawa. Perhaps part of the driving force was the fact that so many of the Sat-Cho leaders had been exposed firsthand to the West and had a perspective that most Tokugawa bureaucrats lacked. A thought anyway. I'd still like to see this one.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:46 am    Post subject: yamamoto Yae . Reply with quote
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WL since you are in SF area, channel 38.4 shows Kiyomori each Sunday two times. 630pm and then again at 1030pm... need rabbit ears, but even if you have cable/dish/etc.. just plug them into your coaxial outlet (assuming you have hmdi connection for HD programming) and there you have it... (10 bucks at Radio Shack, 5 bucks for cheapo ones on ebay).. and you have your weekly Taiga with good subs.

I like the Kiyomori Taiga.... currently on episode 40 or so, so, offset by about 2 months from Japan's programming...


I actually did try that MKT but the signal is not strong enough where i am .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgwMfSTfWvU
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Obenjo Kusanosuke wrote:

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 four tiers of movers and shakers during the Meiji period. Sat-Cho dominated the top tier, the second was for peeps from Tosa and other pro-restoration han. The third tier was for everybody else, including 'normal' people from Aizu. The 4th tier was for people who were on the wrong side of the restoration and to what extent they were 'officially' rehabilitated by the Meiji government. Even with these tiers, it was possible to be a mover and a shaker, but certain bamboo ceilings were quite difficult to penetrate.


Yes, I'm not disputing that most in the top tiers were from Choshu and Satsuma; however, considering that Okubo Toshimichi, Mori Arinori and Ito Hirobume were assassinated, and Saigo and Kido died after or during the Satsuma Rebellion, the "Sat-Cho domination" lost some important heavy weights before their time.

Looking back at Meiji and its enormous legacy, one of the most influential men was from the lowly Nakatsu clan, who rose in stature by studying Dutch and English at the right time and did not take part in the Restoration because he went abroad three times in 1860, '61 and '67. It was Fukuzawa Yukichi. The writings of Fukuzawa such as his Biography on his travels to America and Europe and his book,Theory of Civilization, among others were extremely influential in shaping the minds of Japanese intelligentsia. Kume Kunitake's 5-volume diary of the Iwakura Embassy in the early 1870s is also strongly embedded in the minds of the Japanese, even now. They taught of the importance of Western technology; however, at the same time, they taught of the importance for Japan not to be dependent on the West in order to become a world power.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Here's an awesome preview I just found--looks really good!

http://aramatheydidnt.livejournal.com/4545054.html


Thanks, Owarikenshi!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Check out the manga, too! Very Happy

http://mangafox.me/manga/yae_no_sakura/
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Even better "trailer" --

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09ewOnrASxw

I wanna see it NOW!!!!! Party time!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
It is boring. I have already stopped watching it. It also has IMHO the worst opening credit sequence I have seen in 17 yrs of watching taiga dramas.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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It is boring. I have already stopped watching it. It also has IMHO the worst opening credit sequence I have seen in 17 yrs of watching taiga dramas.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well it depends on the viewer, whether it is boring or not.

Here's a website that shows the actors and which historical people they portray.

http://bakumatsu.org/blog/2013/01/yae-no-sakura.html

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Obenjo Kusanosuke wrote:
It is boring. I have already stopped watching it.


Benji, how in the world could it be borin'? It's got all the ingredients fer a klassic! Hot chick! With a gun!! Blowin' away the traitorous rat bastards of Choshu and Satsuma!!! Not even NHK should be able ta screw that up. Why, its virtually the Japanese version of Lara Croft and Tomb Raider! And I hear Noel Perrin was the historical consultant fer the show, so you know it'll be dead on when it comes to Edo period gunnery.

Obenjo Kusanosuke wrote:
It also has IMHO the worst opening credit sequence I have seen in 17 yrs of watching taiga dramas.


Wow! Even worse than Taira Kiyomori? That's sayin' sumpthin'.
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