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Ah, life....and references

Yesterday I felt squicked out by serious fandomage (didn't matter which fandom, it was certain things about fandoming in general,) and instead, spent the time researching about Kitsune legend....but today I've spent the morning reading schmaltzy bits of my favorite fanfics...maybe that means Cotton's coming back home after being AWOL for almost a week....I need some fluff!  LOL.

Ah the joys of being almost bipolar....

But I learned a lot about Kitsune stuff...most recent thing I read tracked things into the 1950s, where people were still reporting being tricked by foxes, and even still mentioned the occasional tale of fox possession...

Other neat research tidbits I've seen lately:

Here are some jpgs of 16th century art. 


A neat little page on the 7 grasses of spring and the 7 grasses of autumn with pictures


And this is a nice site about Japanese armour

I've been weakening my hubby...he's found out that shooting a 16th century firearm kind of cool...and we know someone who's selling one...next thing you know, I'll get him dressed up as an Ashigaru, a Japanese foot soldier...LOL.



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Oct. 29th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Aren't sixteenth-century firearms fairly dangerous, in terms of poor accuracy?
Oct. 29th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard anything about them that bad...one of our friends is a real enthusiast of matchlocks and wheellocks and such...mostly people do range shooting with them. We're not talking about sharpshooting sniper firing here.

I have found the best way to get a man who would be willing to reenact to reenact the period you are interested in is to buy him a weapon of the appropriate time frame. It's how I got out of the ACW and avoided the American Revolution...
Oct. 29th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you!

I lost that sengokudaimyo link when the comp fried last spring! Bookmarked and saved!
Oct. 29th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Anthony Bryant who runs that site really knows his stuff.

He's also one of the lights behind http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sca-jml/

It's an SCA group with very knowledgeable people who specialize in reenacting things Japanese before 1600...I joined in case I have questions and to be able to look through their archives. Nice people, too, from what I've seen in action, though I haven't posted anything yet.
Oct. 29th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
out of all of the portraits that you posted, I must say that my favorite would really have to be no.2. The Sakura blossoms in full bloom, what a very beautiful day for a picnic. Yes, it definately is my favorite!

How's the cold? Feeling any better since yesterday?
Oct. 29th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Feeling better. It really wasn't a cold...but I was running a bit of a fever and was really achy...some sort of virus.

I really liked the Sakura blossoms too. Was a really nice pic.
Oct. 30th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
I was looking for creatures (not the souls who are being punished) who might inhabit the 16 levels of Naraka.
Oct. 30th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Hmmm...there are denizens who dwell there...Did you hit any paydirt? I might be able to dig some stuff out if you didn't.
Oct. 30th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
We foxy sort are too intriguing to forget. *grins*

Find anything on kitsune I could read on? I'm intrigued now by the fact that samurai behaviour as we now see it actually came along after the Sengoku Jidai was over. Sesshoumaru-sama is tempting me as well... his behaviour is striking me as reminiscent of the 5 ways of life, but of course he will not outline a story for me.

Not that I'm writing like I need to be. I'm catching up with Bleach. And getting on LJ instead of sleeping.
Oct. 30th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
Bushido concepts do go back before the Edo period, but it is true that the removing of Samurai from the country into the city did a lot of the codification of samurai behavior we think of as being samurai...but a lot of it was well on its way even before the death of Nobunaga. Things were more in a flux in the 16th century, but the evolution of the Samurai as a ruling class goes back before the Sengoku Jidai.

But so much in so many areas of life got ritualized during the Tokugawa era...

I've got Sesshoumaru agitating for at least three stories in my head, but I have told him not yet. One day he won't listen to me and he will make me write...but I'm not ready.

Right now I'm learning all sorts of stuff about dozoku and how groups like that dominated village life, both religiously and in various types of behavior - planting and other group activity and socially as well...learning this is planting many seeds in my head...but they have not yet come to leaf....
Apr. 13th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
Did you heard what Rob Matts said about that?

Nov. 2nd, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
Great post! I wish you could follow up on this topic!

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