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Stuff I do for fun.....

I have books coming out of my ears...so I finally reached the point in my budget where I can order more books. So, thanks to my handy dandy access to Amazon.com, I did.

And this is the sort of thing I found interesting and must have this time (proves my strangeness, folks, and my slavery to the gods of Social Science)

Japanese through songs
Handbook of Japanese Herbs and Their Uses
Women in Japan: From Ancient Times to the Present
Useful Plants Of Japan: Described And Illustrated (1895)
Tigers, Devils, and Fools: A Guide to Japanese Proverbs
Best-Loved Children's Songs from Japan
Beginner's Guide to Braiding: The craft of Kumihimo
The Book of Kimono
Japan Atlas: A Bilingual Guide
Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication: A Self-Study Course and Reference
1000 Poems from the Manyoshu: The Complete Nippon Gakujutsu Shinkokai Translation
Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales

Don't know why I keep buying language learning books. I am getting quite a collection. If I'd use them on a regular basis, I'd become quite fluent, but I seem to learn more by using my pop-up dictionary than by systematic study. LOL.

Amazing that getting hooked on InuYasha anime approximately around episode 149 would end up leading to the wide assortment of books I've been gathering. I have got to make a spot to put up another bookcase, or I'm going to have to pack away some of my crafting books to make room for the Japanese topics...Or worse...I'll have to get rid of some of my yarn...shudders at the thought....



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Jun. 25th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
Get rid of yarn? Perish the thought. Mustn't do that. You know, if you're hunting for older books, you might want to try abebooks or half.com. I've found some good deals for old titles through them.
Jun. 25th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Amazon is also a great place to buy used...about a third of that list was bought from used dealers who sell at Amazon (and most of'em sell through ABE as well).

But really hard to get titles, ABE sometimes is better.

My weird mind. I want books on traditional Japanese housekeeping methods (like, what did they use to wash their dishes with before they started using soap? and such basic thoughts - I know how to keep house in InuYasha's time in England, but not in Japan....) What was the typical mix in the wild climax forest in the 1500s, before it got cut and often replanted with cedar (I bet I can find this, but it'll probably need serious probing, possibly through some friends I have at a US Forest Service library.) I want to know about gardening that wasn't pleasure gardening, but vegetable gardening and farm techniques for crops that weren't rice paddy culture.

It's not uncommon for me to crave info about the minutae of everyday life.

There were some books written by early Jesuits and other travellers that come in handy - that's where I learned about fire starting techniques. One of them is readable through google books, but I forgot the title. And books by travellers are often times colored with their own preconceptions and sense of what is appropriate. I really prefer, when I don't need it as primary source documentation, to have texts written by historians who cite things, at least for a quick read.

Me, get rid of yarn? Won't happen. Rest easy.

I do have another bookcase to build. I'm just not sure where I'm going to put it yet.
Jun. 25th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
i think i would be in heaven in your house. all those books...

amazon.com is the greatest! i spend a lot of time on that site! :D
Jun. 25th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Lots and lots of books. Mostly non-fic. I don't hold onto much fiction, and often donate pulp novels back to goodwill...but lots and lots of books I bought for crafting or to learn more about the various periods of time I am interested in and reenact...
Jun. 25th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
I'd like to have a copy of these:
-Handbook of Japanese Herbs and Their Uses
-Useful Plants Of Japan: Described And Illustrated (1895)

I already have these:
-Beginner's Guide to Braiding: The craft of Kumihimo
-The Book of Kimono
-Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales

The more I read about your reading habits, the more I laugh. Similarities abound. :)
I'm getting the second book on the Body Farm next week. :)

Jun. 25th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
LOL. The Useful plants of Japan is a reprint. The Handbook of Japanese Herbs is from the 60s...

I have other books on Japanese costume, but a lot of them refer back to the Book of Kimono, and though I have no real interest in modern Kimono, really, I figured I ought to have a copy in the library.

I love forensic science.

Nice to see I have a reading cousin. Is it our similarities in reading choice that set us up for getting involved with reenacting, or is it our knowledge of what we need to know as reenactors that drive our reading choices...

I don't know....
Jun. 26th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Is it our similarities in reading choice that set us up for getting involved with reenacting, or is it our knowledge of what we need to know as reenactors that drive our reading choices...

I think that it is a little of both. I think that the heart of a reenactor is one that craves knowlege like a dying man craves water. It is only when they/we completely emerse ourselves within the persona that they/we really feel that we have a firm grasp on the knowlege.
Before I ever got into reenacting, I wanted to know how people used to live. I read and collected. My grandmother and great-grandmother would tell me about things that they had done as children. I was facinated with the How of things. That knowledge led to wanting to know what their parents did, and so on, all the way back to the time of the Romanization of Brittania. Joining the SCA just seemed natural, since these were other people who wanted to really know.

Now, when it came to Japanese stuff, I started with Inuyasha, and then started wondering what the differences were between the 16th century prioress in England and the 16th century nun/miko in Japan... and then I was hooked. I got the Book of Kimono to try to get that silly collar to stand up right and kept it because of the sections on padding. The mini-Ice Age didn't hit Japan as severly as it did northern Europe, but it's effects can still be seen in the padding and layers the modern formal wedding kimono, reminiscent of the Heian period.

Now my interest in forensic science actually kinda came out of my facination with the Black Plague. There was a book that came out in the mid 90's about a group of medical anthropogist going through a mass grave in Italy from the time of the plague. I read it to see how my persona would have viewed the plague and reacted to same. And then I was hooked.

When I was in nursing school I got the opportunity of a lifetime. Our sister program at UT was going to have Dr Bass lecture on the roll of the primary physician and staff in modern forensics. Our teacher, another student and I made the 2 hour drive there almost before the offer was presented. I was amazed. He talked for almost 2 hours and had some wonderful slides and powerpoint pieces. I won't forget that for a while.
Jun. 27th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
I got the cultural history bug as a kid...back when I was seven (must have been about 1962), my grandma gave me some books in a kids book series called all about books. I read about Schleimann and Evans, and that fired my imagination...I wanted to recreate the artifacts by the time I was 9 and 10 - whether it was the American frontier or ancient Egypt or medieval Europe. Started my first feeble attempts at costuming period correct things about age 10..coifs from 17th century women's wear, New England, based on a book I was reading. I tried to make perfume like the ancient Egyptians, then too...I knew it was oil based, and tried by mixing a little colonge in a bottle of crisco oil...LOL.

No teacher, no matter how poor, was able to kill my fascination with history and ancient ways of doing things.

By the time I ran into the SCA, most of the people I knew were more interested in reenacting fairy-tale medieval stuff, rather than the real stuff, so I sort of went my own way. I had gone to SF cons dressed in 9th c anglo-saxon gear and 5th century Celt stuff though... When I met my hubby, he had the history bug as bad as I did, and wanted to do US Civil War reenacting. I'd probably been happiest at that time reenacting my favorite period of 9th century, anglo-saxon, but you go with what you got. I could probably push him towards being a norseman, though. If he ever does a pre-firearms period, it would probably be that.

I was interested in the Sengoku Jidai a long time, but not serious until I got into InuYasha. That let the genie out of the bottle...
Jun. 25th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Hmm... see, I wouldn't peek in your crafting room, but I wouldn't be able to resist flopping down in front of your library. All those books sound entrancing.

*goes to add several to her Amazon wish list*
Jun. 25th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
I don't even bother with the wish lists any more. I just put them in my shopping cart as I go along and move them to the "to buy later" category, cause I know I will. I am such a slave to my curiosity....
Jun. 25th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Ooh, let me know how Tigers, Devils, and Fools: A Guide to Japanese Proverbs is. I love old sayings and proverbs!
Jun. 25th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Me too! They are always fun to have. This is a larger collection than some of the other books, I think...and it has the japanese as well as the English, which I find cool, since I am pretending to learn some Kanji and memorize how to sound out the hiragana...
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