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From Wikipedia: Tsundoku (Japanese: 積ん読) is acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them. The term originated in the Meiji era (1868–1912) as Japanese slang. It combines elements of tsunde-oku (積んでお, to pile things … Continue reading
This illustration comes from a series of handscrolls telling the legends of the Shinto Kitano Tenjin Shrine, located in Kamakura, Japan. The shrine is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, a 9th century scholar, poet, and statesman who came to be … Continue reading
Kobayashi Kiyochika: Our Naval Forces in the Yellow Sea Firing at and Sinking Chinese Warships (1894) Josh Cochran: Tritons (c. 2006) Kiyochika’s print is propaganda celebrating Japan’s military superiority in the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895. Sources here and here. … Continue reading
Levente Baranyai: Tokyo Diptych (2011)
Horace Bristol: The New Moon, January 1, 1946 During the Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri [“Saidaiji Temple Naked Festival”] in Okayama, participants wear only a Japanese loincloth called a fundoshi as they compete to find one of two camphor-scented batons that … Continue reading
Totoya Hokkei: 「三ひらの内」日輪に烏 [Three Crows against the Rising Sun] (mid 1810’s)
Model of the atomic bomb impact on Hiroshima at the Peace Memorial Museum there.