Daijoubu http://daijoubudesuyo.com Fri, 04 Mar 2016 21:15:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 101 Random Links http://daijoubudesuyo.com/2016/03/04/100-random-links/ Fri, 04 Mar 2016 21:10:26 +0000 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/?p=2235 1. To Dye For (I was an extra in it)

2. Marginalia: Little Libraries in the Urban Margins

3. The Reasons for Secession

4. Types of yakuza and their businesses

5. Connecticut Film Industry Training Program video (I was part of this)

6. 507 – Darkness and Cherry Pie: David Lynch’s Map of Twin Peaks

7. The “bloody angle” of Chinatown’s Doyers Street

8. 52nd Street, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1948 (LOC)

9. 5 Questions With . . . Ashraf Rushdy on Lynching in America

10. Down to the Wire Auditions (I was involved with this)

11. Hermione Granger Versus the Methods of Rationality

12. Gotham Center for New York City History

13. On Eve of Landmark Hearing, a Tour of East 10th Street

14. Gyu-Kaku’s Chicken Garlic Noodles Will Satisfy Your Noodle Craving

15. A mystery chapel in a Canal Street subway station

16. You’ve Got Mail: A P.S. Without a Letter

17. The Tragedy of Juliet

18. Vintage Crime Scene Photos Superimposed on Modern NY Streets

19. Dutch New York

20. Historically Speaking: Stowe expressed faith in city’s Buckingham

21. Toasting the Town

22. 8 Must See Spots in the East Village

23. The Great Gatsby is a great novel and 8-bit video game

24. Pangya 6th Anniversary Visual Fanbook Review

25. The Rise of Wall Street at the NY Skyscraper Museum

26. “Easy, Erect, and Noble”

27. Salem Murder Mystery

28. 8 Book Historians, Curators, Specialists, And Librarians Who Are Killing It Online

29. Byzantium and the Crusades

30. Lady Sale and the Buddhas of Bamiyan

31. Lady Sale and the Buddhas of Bamiyan (Part II): Multiple Updates

32. The Hudson River shoreline: 1766 and 2012

33. Tentacular Moscow

34. The Hunter Games: For four wild days, University of Chicago students turn scavengers

35. Nineteen Seventy Three

36. The Demonization of Empress Wu

37. A remnant of “Little Ukraine” in the East Village

38. Islam’s Medieval Underworld

39. Alumni collaborate to create podcast aboard the USS Hephaestus

40. The Catholic Writer Today

41. A Brief History of Confucianism in Korea

A Colonial-era relic outside an uptown mansion

42. A colonial tavern is unearthed on Broad Street

43. Slavery and Capitalism

44. Charles Cushman’s full-color 1940s New York City

45. A Black Spy in the Confederate White House

46. Scouting New York

47. The Chachnama

48. 4 Types of Sake and How to Enjoy Them

The Global Warming Skeptics vs. The Scientific Consensus

49. The very humble beginnings of Union Square

50. The Moscow Times

51. Otaku Hotspots in Tokyo

52. NY Historic House Trust

53. Wassail and Shrub

54. A 10th Street studio brings artists to the Village

55. The Search for a Usable Gordon Wood

56. Grimmer-Solem’s Research Sheds New Light on Celebrated German General

57. PLUTO, a comprehensive land use dataset for New York City

58. 43 Anime Studios: Pics of Their Buildings

59. Nebuchadnezzar’s Destruction of Jerusalem, The Cyrus Cylinder, and the Building of the Second Temple

60. Telepathy is easier than you think

61. Lewis Carroll´s guide to Moscow: just follow the rabbit

62. Brownstoner, Brooklyn inside and out

63. Following Mark Twain’s trail in the Swiss Alps

64. The Burger Lab: How to Make Perfect Thin and Crisp French Fries

65. Russia in Darker Than Black 2

66. Dreaming of Parhae

67. Michael Caine explains the end of Inception

68. Top 20 Best Anti-Joke

69. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

70. THE CHURCH’S WAY OF SPEAKING

71. History Camp

72. Reflections on the American War, Karzai, and Orientalism in Afghanistan

73. Did Modern Jews Originate in Italy?

74. 10 Ways to Protect Yourself From NLP Mind Control

75. An Introduction To Basic Japanese Slang

76. 150 Years of Misunderstanding the Civil War

77. Brain Scams: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences

78. Deciphering Shakespeare

79. Dave’s HELPFUL MAHJONG LINKS

80. Attack on Titan: “Why We Fight” For the Otaku Age?

81. Japanese YA – How the Industry Works Overseas (When the T.V. Met the Book – Part 5)

82. The Distress of the Privileged

83. Samuel McIntire Sites

84. Evolution of Opera

85. Why Grant Won and Lee Lost

86. The 13 Hottest Aristocrats Of The Restoration

87. The battle of Towton: Nasty, brutish and not that short

88. Thomas Jefferson Reviews Phillis Wheatley

89. The Famous Webbs

90. Beginner’s Health and Fitness Guide

91. Exploring Aspendos – images from a wealthy city of Pamphylia

92. Passport to the Pub: A guide to British pub etiquette

93. Stockholm, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium and the city at the centre of a literary phenomenon

94. Our Lincoln, Ourselves: Rethinking Slavery and Abolition

95. Kazuo Ishiguro and the Problem of “Japaneseness”

96. A Paleo-Forensic Study of an Assyrian Captive

97. How to play Hanafuda (Koi Koi)

98. Observations on Film Art: Tell, don’t show

99. History of Akihabara (also see History of Shibuya)

100. Splendid Afghanistan 1848: James Rattray’s Lithographs of the Costumes and the Scenery

101. Your Name in Japanese

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ConnetiCon 2015 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/2015/07/20/connecticon-2015/ Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:15:50 +0000 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/?p=2241
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ConnectiCon 2014 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/2014/07/14/connecticon-2014/ Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:09:45 +0000 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/?p=2201
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Here are my pictures from ConnectiCon 2014!

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ConnectiCon 2013 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/2013/07/14/connecticon-2013/ http://daijoubudesuyo.com/2013/07/14/connecticon-2013/#comments Sun, 14 Jul 2013 04:09:32 +0000 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/?p=1755
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Here are the pics from ConnectiCon 2013. Didn’t seem to be as many good ones this year. More Doctor Who than ever. Adventure Time really dominated. But there was also some Attack on Titan….

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Karuta Links http://daijoubudesuyo.com/2013/03/27/karuta-links/ Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:31:40 +0000 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/?p=1728 Inspired by Chihayafuru, I have compiled some links on Hakunin Isshu Karuta.

What Is It? How Do You Play?

First, Wikipedia’s page on Competitive Karuta:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competitive_karuta

Another introduction here:
http://prezi.com/cwxrklrvvziw/competitive-karuta/

Competitive Karuta Boom Inspired by Manga
http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/cool/12-03-15/002.html

Here’s a page on how to play:
http://karuta.game.coocan.jp/detailedrule-e.html

Page from Chihayafuru Wiki:
http://chihayafuru.wikia.com/wiki/Hyakunin_Isshu_Karuta

How to Play:

“Karuta: Sports or Culture?” Both?
http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~xs3d-bull/essays/karuta/karuta.html

Looks like a nice shop in Japan:
http://japantourist.jp/view/okuno-karuta-shop

This video of a demo at the 2012 San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival shows the intensity of Karuta:

Another demonstration:
http://youtu.be/nKAmZxVhQww

Kids practicing:

Videos of kids competing:

Here are more examples of adults competing from Japan:

Lots of competitors here:

Clubs

“Don’t “grab” those karuta cards, let them fly!” Sounds awesome! This is a club at Waseda University:
http://www.waseda.jp/student/weekly/english/2009/1191/191e_what.html

New Zealand Kyougi Karuta Association (this is farther away from where I am than Japan is T_T):
http://www.karuta.org.nz/

A video about that club:

San Francisco MURASAME-KAI (so far away from where I am!)
http://sfkarutaclubeng.wordpress.com/

Karuta Club of Lansing (still too far away from me!)
http://lansingkarutaclub.blogspot.com/

Competition in Toronto??

About Hakunin Isshu

Wikipedia page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogura_Hyakunin_Isshu

Japanese site:
http://hyakuningendaigo.web.fc2.com/#1

University of Virginia e-text site with translations:
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/hyakunin/noJIS/hyaku1.html

Sacred Texts site with translations:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/shi/hvj/

Hakunin Isshu Blog with background on the poems:
http://100poets.wordpress.com/

Another blog:
http://100poems-100poets.blogspot.com/

One Thousand Summers: this blog also gives background on many of the poems:
http://onethousandsummers.blogspot.com/

Review of a recent translation:
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1734689,00.html

Museum

Ogura Hakunin Isshu Museum:
http://www.kyopro.kufs.ac.jp/dp/dp01.nsf/ecfa8fdd6a53a7fc4925700e00303ed8/b3e716c6dee2062f49257196002153f9!OpenDocument

This person visited the museum:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/toranosuke/7509758558/

It closed? T_T
http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/02/nintendo-powered-museum-closes-its-doors/

Oh, it reopened?
http://www.jcrafts.com/guide/eg/event/08_shigureden.html

New site:
http://www.shigureden.or.jp/multilingual/en.html

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ConnectiCon 2012 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/2012/07/16/connecticon-2012/ Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:34:42 +0000 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/?p=1662

I went to ConnectiCon and took some cosplay pics.

Doctor Who

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ConnectiCon 2011 Cosplay Pics http://daijoubudesuyo.com/2011/07/10/connecticon-2011-cosplay-pics/ Mon, 11 Jul 2011 03:43:25 +0000 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/?p=1574

ConnectCon is over for this year. Not too much to say about it this year, except there seemed to be more people than ever! Last year I saw a 10th and an 11th Doctor, but this year, Doctors were all over the place! And TARDISes and Daleks! And Doctor Who panels! A sudden explosion of interest in Doctor Who. Also, there were fireworks. As for webcomics, I got signed books of Beartato and Cyanide & Happiness. So jump on ahead to see my pics. There’s a lot of them this year! To see my descriptions, hover over each image. What’s your fav/most hated pic?


Thumbs up, you’re ready for your closeup, Hello Kitty!!


Can you spot the Hello Kitty posing for pictures in the image above?


Beartato is drawn by this guy.


This guy had nothing to do with the convention!

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Steampunk http://daijoubudesuyo.com/2011/03/20/steampunk/ http://daijoubudesuyo.com/2011/03/20/steampunk/#comments Sun, 20 Mar 2011 14:59:00 +0000 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/?p=1544

Yesterday, I happened upon a steampunk gathering in Hartford. I took some pics, of course. Steampunk cosplayers like to pose just like anime cosplayers! See more below:

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Connecticon 2010 Cosplay Pics http://daijoubudesuyo.com/2010/07/11/connecticon-2010-cosplay-pics/ http://daijoubudesuyo.com/2010/07/11/connecticon-2010-cosplay-pics/#comments Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:52:22 +0000 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/?p=1386

First, a little about the con, then more cosplay pics below. At ConnectiCon this year, I attended an interesting panel on Kawaii Anime and Culture in Japan, which featured Minoru Ohno. He produced anime, such as Creamy Mami and Minky Momo, and is now a professor in the Department of “Culture and Communication Activities” at Shokei Gakuin University. In the panel, we learned how kawaii refers to things which are tiny, little, cute, pretty, lovely, sweet and adorable. Much of the info presented in the power point was derived from surveys of students at Shokei Gakuin with their take on the meaning of kawaii. A few academic works by Japanese scholars were also referenced, but overall the presentation was not that in-depth. As expected, a lot of the examples focused on anime Mr. Ohno had been involved with and also some random pics of modern kawaii fashion. I’m not sure if they have done any deeper research and were only presenting a simplified version of their subject, or if this represents the extent of their work. He was asked about moe, but Mr. Ohno’s career in the anime industry occurred before moe developed. He did offer the explanation that kawaii refers to outward appearances, while moe involves more the feelings being evoked. But on the whole, he was clearly very old-school and probably does not approve of late-night anime for older kids and adults. He voiced strong support for family-centered anime produced primarily for children.


Hetalia Madness

ConnectiCon is a multi-genre convention, with a big emphasis on web comics, gaming, etc.. Another panel I attended was about the pioneering horror/sci-fi author H.P. Lovecraft. It was a solid introductory power point presentation and featured, among the four panelists, an author who writes stores in the Cthulhu Mythos. Much of the rest of the con was spent walking around. Among the cosplayers, there were a number of girls carrying the flags of different nations. Later, I stumbled on a whole group of these squealing Hetalia Axis Powers fangirls having a photoshoot. They kept calling for different countries so they could get pics of different favored pairings. I was also sad to see that Sasuga Books is closing (this was the bookstore’s last con and they had little stock left). I heard another dealer talking about the bad market for anime retailers. I guess there will be fewer anime merchandise dealers at cons in the future. I did buy some stuff: some Aria DVDs, and plush Yoshi and Toads from Mario. Also one figure: Mio from K-ON. Now for more pics:


Selty


Beaker


Soul Eater group


Kid Ed


Jessica from Umineko


Rosario + Vampire


I think this one was a guy


Trix Rabbit


Lucky Star


The Tenth Doctor


The Eleventh Doctor

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Saturday at NYAF 2009 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/2009/09/27/saturday-at-nyaf-2009/ http://daijoubudesuyo.com/2009/09/27/saturday-at-nyaf-2009/#comments Sun, 27 Sep 2009 19:57:06 +0000 http://daijoubudesuyo.com/?p=988
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Now I’ll write about my day at NYAF!!! People will think this is really lame, but I didn’t even get there until 4pm. I slept fairly late, which was good, because I needed my energy. On the way, I stopped to take some pictures and got a picture of a lighthouse in Bridgeport, CT I’ve wanted to get for a while. I also stopped at Asahiya and Kinokuniya, the former for probably the last time as it’ll be closing in October. Finally at the festival, I wandered the dealers (or should I say exhibitors) area, which was packed with people, making it difficult to see everything quickly. I bought three things: a K-On CD, a Clannad art book (not enough dangos in it though), and this new Otaku Encyclopedia book (maybe I should do an Anime Blogger Encyclopedia?). Next I went to the panel room where Hinano and JP were going to do their panel on Korean MMOs. Pretty much it was just hanging around before the panel started and I had a chance to see Omo, Moy, wah, AnimeMiz and Star Creator. We were also in the room at the very start of the blogger roundtable, but left for Yakiniku West (and some good sake xD ) before the panel really started. I saw that Hinano’s fav Scott was part of the roundtable (lol) and I saw sdshamshel was on it as well. So its a minimal report from me (read those other bloggers to find out what actually happened at the festival in terms of guests and so on). But I did manage to get some cosplay pics, so please enjoy them!

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