Sunday, March 27, 2011

Shakin' in the '50s

No I'm not talking about dancing to R&B or Rockabilly.

This is the 1850s, specifically 1855, when Edo was hit with a major quake.

Ansei Edo Jishin (Ansei Edo Earthquake) 安政江戸地震

Given the social tensions of the time this, and other events were given a social interpretation of a society gone wrong and needing rectification.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Gettin' caught up on something

It has been over one and a half years since I updated my Titles Available in More Than One Format in the U.S. page.

I received a few suggestions from Ono-san and ended up spending almost the entire day sitting here updating the lists.

This project is an attempt to list every manga or anime item that exists in more than one format in North America. This includes live action movies and prose fiction.

I hope folks find this a useful page, it originally created it to help librarians locate such items.

Please let me know of any errors, I'm sure there are some in all of that text.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Seismic fishiness

This week I continue the seismic series I began last week.

In Japan there is a legendary catfish whose motions underground cause earthquakes. The two entries below relate to that catfish (as well as to the natural catfish).

namazu (catfish) 鯰

namazu-e (catfish picture) 鯰絵

Not only did Ono-san in Tokyo suggest these entries he sent me a link to a multipage series of modern namazu-e drawn in response to the Tohoku earthquake that has so dominated the recent news.


The whimsical nature of many of these illustrations is very much in the tradition of the late Edo Period prints.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Starting a seismic series

Ono-san in Tokyo has suggested a series of earthquake related entries for the Anime Companion Supplement.

With the disaster in Japan on many people's minds I think this is s good series to do at this time. Fortunately everyone I know in Japan is fine, tho' it took three days for Taki to get home and post that fact on Facebook. I had no idea he works at Fukushima Dai-ichi, and his office was right in front of Unit 1.

What with various things (taxes are done!) I only have the energy for one entry today. Expect several interrelated ones next week as a set.

This week's entry is on one of the pioneers of seismology in Japan.

Terada Torahiko 寺田 寅彦

Monday, March 7, 2011

I'm Buddhist, no wait now I'm Shinto?

This week I have another religious entry to the Anime Companion Supplement

Kompira 金比羅

This one illustrates the haziness between Buddhism and Shinto in Japan.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

New recommended manga

I have added two new entries to my recommended manga list:

Times of Botchan.


Satsuma Gishiden

Both of these are presently incomplete in English but still worth picking up as what is out pretty much stands alone.