October 16th, 2008

KK with Kanji

Hubby's turn....

I did my vacation this year by myself...now it's hubby's turn.  I'm getting ready to take him to the airport.  He's going on a hunt with a dear friend who has been telling us for three weeks now about the food he's been fixing and freezing and the plans the two of them and some other friends have for talking black powder, shooting competitions,  showing off their reenactment clothes and hunting doodads, and the plans for deer and squirrel hunting.

After the plans finalized, I decided it would be better if this was a stag party....so I am staying behind and the dogs won't have to be boarded....we discussed this, and we plan to go back to PA later when there will be time for sightseeing.  Amazingly, it's pretty cheap to get to PA from here...There's a bunch of historical related research I want to do, as does hubby.

I hope he has as good a time in PA as I did in Texas!
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New Books I'm Playing With

Me and my Amazon.com habit:

How to Wrap Five Eggs: Traditional Japanese Packaging

 (this is the new edition that just got released).  It's a photo book of traditional Japanese package wrappings, from elegant use of bamboo leaf to all sorts of boxes and other containers.  Really beautiful, not much text.

The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society

Covers Japan from the 12th c through the consolodation of power at the end of the 16th.  I bought this book especially cause it discusses the rise of the Hojo...and since the Hojo controlled Musashi at the time of InuYasha, I thought I might get some facts and ideas to blend in...

Kodo: Ancient Ways - Lessons in the Spiritual Life of the Warrior/Martial Artist

Zen oriented, profusely illustrated, looks like it will be an interesting read.  I opened it up to  a pic and actually recognized the battle scene -  the swordsman Musashi's great  duel with Sasaki Kojiro....I can tell I read this type of stuff too much.

I'm also reading bits of a book called Women of the Way, which is about noteworthy Buddhist nuns.  One of those stories is already on the road to get woven into to one of my tales.

The things that amuse me.....
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