Comics · Queer

Review: “Ooku: The Inner Chambers” Vol. 1-2 by Fumi Yoshinaga

I recently posted on Facebook asking my friends for manga recommendations. I used to read a few here and there, especially yaoi when it was harder to find queer comics, but it’s been a while. My friend LM of The Lobster Dance reminded me of Ooku: The Inner Chambers by Fumi Yoshinaga, about which they have written…… Continue reading Review: “Ooku: The Inner Chambers” Vol. 1-2 by Fumi Yoshinaga

History · Other Stuff

Museum Visit: Lethal Beauty at the BMA

“Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor” is a temporary exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art. You guessed it — it’s samurai weapons and armor! That stuff is also combined with some Japanese art. The exhibit will be on display at the BMA until September 21, but if you can’t make it, take your own…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Lethal Beauty at the BMA

History

Digital History: A Timeline of the Rise and Fall of State Shinto

Our first project in this class was editing a Wikipedia article. It was a good experience, illuminating the process of doing history and how Wikipeda works. As another exercise in using digital media for historical purposes, we’ve now put together timelines using the Google tool TimelineJS. Unfortunately free WordPress sites can’t embed these timelines right now, but…… Continue reading Digital History: A Timeline of the Rise and Fall of State Shinto

History · Other Stuff

Semester Review: History of Modern Japan

This course was a lightning-fast survey of basically the entire history of Japan, from a cursory tour of the islands’ prehistory up until the modern day. I learned a lot I didn’t know, not only about Japan but about the whole region. Things are different and strange, but not completely opaque — human motivations are…… Continue reading Semester Review: History of Modern Japan

History

Reasons to Love History #5: Messages from the Past

Think I’ll make “Reasons to Love History” an ongoing feature, what do you think? (The first four reasons were here). I’ve been researching the history of Japanese religion for a paper, specifically State Shinto in the Meiji period. It was basically a government policy of using the Shinto religion as a nationalistic tool that the…… Continue reading Reasons to Love History #5: Messages from the Past